Aussies clean up in global contest

Shopify contest FEATUREIt seems that geography is no barrier for these Aussie online stores who have taken out honours in Shopify’s Build-a-Business Contest. After chatting to these guys, I’m even tempted to open one of my own. They inspired this week’s Enterprise post.

Geography is no barrier when it comes to creating a successful online store. This is certainly the case for three Australian businesses who were today announced as category winners in the global Build-A-Business contest run by Canadian-based ecommerce platform Shopify.

More than 3000 businesses from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, and the US set up online stores in order to enter one of the six industry categories in the contest. The categories include: Apparel and Jewellery, Food and Health, Sports and Hobbies, Art and Photography, Home and Office; and Other.

The Aussie businesses have cleaned up half the field. Category winners include:

*, suppliers of hair extensions (Apparel and jewellery) based in Byron Bay;

*, selling a combined iPhone cover/bottle opener (Other) based in Melbourne;

* selling – you guessed it – football boots for soccer, AFL and rugby (Sports and hobbies) based in Cairns.

You can read the full Enterprise article here.

About Valerie Khoo

Valerie Khoo is founder and national director of the Australian Writers' Centre, the country's leading centre for writing courses. She is a journalist, blogger and author. Her latest book is "Power Stories: The 8 stories you MUST tell to build an epic business" (Wiley). Valerie is a keynote speaker, small business commentator, and investor and mentor to startups and businesses in Australia.
  • Mark Hayes

    Such a great success story. Entrepreneurship is beyond thriving in Australia, and I’m not surprised half the category winners are from there.