Australian entrepreneurs, innovators and influencers making a serious impact
Updated: Dec 10, 2018
From the development of sophisticated technology to simple-but-life-changing consumable products, Appco Australia love seeing other people become successful and here we highlight some of the country’s most inspiring entrepreneurs, innovators, and influencers. We look at their accomplishments, and how they’re making a serious impact in business and in the lives of others.
A business that gives back
In 2008 Daniel Flynn, Jarryd Burns, and Justine Flynn learned of the World Water Crisis, affecting millions of people without access to safe drinking water. Armed with this knowledge and motivation, they acted quickly, and launched a line of bottled water that would fund overseas water projects.
Since then, the all-Australian trio used their project experience and knowledge to form social enterprise, Thankyou. The company’s business model applies commercial strategies that ultimately improve the wellbeing of others and now has more than 50 consumable products available in 5,500 outlets, Australia-wide. After Thankyou's costs are taken care of, the profits are used to help fund food, water and health and sanitation programs around the world.
Healthy ideas that boost business
While on a trip to the United States in 1999, Janine Allis noticed everyone was into healthy smoothies and fresh juices, whereas back home in Australia, the fast food market was uninspiring and unhealthy. With the ethos, “love life”, her idea to open a juice bar was born. Janine had no prior business experience, but that didn’t hold her back — together with her unlimited passion and a brilliantly simple business idea, Janine opened her first juice bar in 2000. Fast track to today, and Boost Juice has become an international franchise, growing across 500 stores in 13 countries — talk about a boost in business!
Designing a career and an enterprise
With a goal to have the best job they could ever have, friends and business partners Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes set about building software. That was 13 years ago — today, the founders and co-CEOs of Atlassian say the software company is better than they could have ever dreamed, employing over 1,300 staff and creating software for some of the world’s most innovative companies.
Mike says: “Our customers are doing some incredible things; innovating clean cars, building robots, and helping people hear for the first time. It’s pretty mind-blowing to think that we’re playing a small part in all that change that is happening around the world.”
Not only does Atlassian help companies to unleash their potential, they also give back through the Atlassian Foundation. With a vision to ‘help make the world better’, the company pledges one percent of annual profits, employee time, and company equity to the foundation.
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