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2nd March by Josh Janssen
There are plenty of Aussie entrepreneurs making a splash in the online space, and for Melbourne based geeks come businessman, Robert Ward and Chris Peters, they are kicking goals with their invention Opena® Case.
The Melbournians were this week announced as category winners for the highly acclaimed Build a Business competition, run by the popular Ecommerce service, Shopify. Peters and Ward took out the category ‘other’ which made up a whopping 34% of 3060 entrants in the competition.
Following the fast success of Opena® Case Ward and Peters established a new company Annex Products to continue developing innovative products. Their second product the Quad LockTM (www.quadlockcase.com) is a revolutionary new case based mounting system for iPhone that makes mounting the iDevice easier than ever before. One of the most popular mounting solutions the Quad Lock provides is the Pro lock which is perfect as an iPhone bike mount.
Ward and Peters have harnessed the power of crowdfunding and online tech to create a scalable business that ships products to over 60 countries, which the Melbourne Entrepreneurs say is partly thanks to Shopify.
After launching the Quad Lock on Kickstarter with a funding target of $20,000 the concept was confirmed receiving pledges totalling $41,209.
This year the Opena® Case has seen Ward & Peters head to CES (Consumer Electronics Show), Las Vegas, where they signed a global distribution deal with Forward Industries and also attended MacWorld/iWorld in San Fransisco where they showcaed both the Opena® Case & Quadlock.