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Glowjob: the Dunedin neon sign company that doesn’t suck

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Glowjob: the Dunedin neon sign company that doesn’t suck

Bridie O'Leary and Michael Henriquez are the co-founders of Glowjob, a LED signs start-up based in Dunedin New Zealand with a twist. The duo makes signs out of a LED neon flex material rather than the traditional and expensive glass neon, making their products more friendly on the wallet – and more flexible for designs.

Fashioning hemp

Step into the second hand store, Waves Vintage, situated down a gully on Karangahape Road, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by fibres and fabrics. The woman at the wooden desk, Helen Young-Loveridge, sits beside her collection of secondhand clothes of which have been hand picked and shipped from Los Angeles to New Zealand. It’s all very curated, from her sexy 1960’s looking leather couch, to the various cottons and silks hung on display. Her new venture, Buddy, is the newest edition to the racks – and possibly the most significant – a new t-shirt range made of 55 percent hemp and 45 percent organic cotton. It’s a true meeting place of environmental ethos, style, and quality – and a potential window into the future of hemp as a fashion fibre. We sit down with the woman in charge, Young-Loveridge, who talks of her past and the new t-shirts for tomorrow.

Ma whero ma pango ka oti ai te mahi

He could be a psychologist, businessperson or environmentalist – but no matter what, 22-year-old Logan Williams hopes to make his mark on Aotearoa’s innovation scene. The Christchurch entrepreneur has been selected to take part in an inaugural start-up accelerator programme, Kōkiri, to help turn his ideas into an innovative start-up business.

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A Kiwi start-up with a dream to redesign women’s travelling backpacks to be more stylish has received worldwide support on its Kickstarter. The campaign also taps into the corporate social responsibility trend, with a school bag offered to an Indonesian child in need for every bag sold during the campaign.

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I was having a good conversation with a stockist over lunch this week; he said it’s funny how people congratulate you on the ‘success’ of your business and meanwhile all you can see is the things that aren’t working and need to be improved … I completely understood where he was coming from! The more you grow, the more challenges you face and more potential there is for things to go pear-shaped.