From the harsh outback to warzone frontlines and Olympic champion podiums, the Akubra hat has adorned Australian heads for over a century both here at home and around the world. The Akubra success lies in the efforts of hat maker Benjamin Dunkerley and his ingenious fur dressing invention. Dunkerley's partnership with Stephen Keir built the Akubra empire that continues today.
When clearing mallee stump for agricultural crop land was proving to be a challenge, Richard Smith came up with the solution to the formidable problem of how to plough such impenetrable land. The stump-jump plough is one of the inventions that enabled the development of Australia's wheat belt, from WA, across to Victoria and into NSW.
Since 1680 in Britain, and adopted in Australia just over a century later, the postal system was post-paid. That meant, the recipient paid for the letter. The system was expensive and vulnerable to fraud. James Raymond, colonial postmaster-general of NewSouth Wales, introduced the world's first pre-paid postal system selling envelopes marked with the post office's stamp for use throughout Sydney.
In this episode of Shark Tank, Birth Beat is after $200,000 to grow its online pregnancy and birthing video platform; Pod & Parcel wants a $100,000 investment in its high-grade speciality coffee pod online business; the Seek Society needs $200,000 for its environmentally conscious camping and outdoor goods business; and banking disruptor QPay asks for $380,000 to help grow its student payment app in Australia and the UK.
In this episode of Shark Tank, Frontier Pets seeks $608,000 to grow its gourmet pet food business, which uses ethically sourced ingredients; Wrinkles Schminkles asks for $300,000 for its medical-grade silicone patch wrinkle treatment business; Hex Pegs is looking for $80,000 for its drillable tent peg business; and Minnow Designs wants $70,000 to expand their toddler beach shoe business to the US.
In this episode of Shark Tank, FroPro 96 percent sugar-free ice-cream asks for a $250,000 investment to grow the business; Micky Blu camping wants $2.5 million to develop the company's 4KVA portable generator; SpacetoCo.com short-term space hire business seeks $210,000; and HTZ Hot Teaze is after a $500,000 investment in its hair volumising appliances.
Pip Courtney hosts Australia's pre-eminent regional and rural television program, covering farming, weather, food, innovation, mining, fisheries, agribusiness, commodity prices and other issues affecting regional communities.
The story of SpaceIL, a small company with a dream to develop the first ever private spacecraft to attempt a moon landing.