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Melbourne Entrepreneurs Win Shopify Contest

2nd March by

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.

Winners of the Shopify Build a Business Contest

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.

Along with the esteem of winning such a respected award, the guys also picked up $25,000 in cash, a VIP trip to New York for lunch with marketing and leadership expert Seth Godin and $7,500 Google AdWords credit.
Opena Case – Slide Out Beer Opener for iPhone
Funded on Kickstarter in 2011, Opena Case has been sold in over 60 countries.

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.

Quad Lock – Mount your iPhone anywhere
The Quad Lock Pro mounting system makes it easy and safe to mount your iPhone to your bike!

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.

“Whilst we were aware Shopify was running a competition for web-entrepreneurs, we chose the platform because it’s customisable, scaleable, can process order from all over the world and it’s easy to plug in third party logistics such as Shipwire for auto order fulfilment” says Opena Case co-founder, Rob Ward.

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.

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