On Monday 27 July 2015, Golden Key members from around Melbourne, Australia were given the opportunity to hear from incredible entrepreneur, Janine Allis, the founder of Boost Juice.
The Australian Catholic University (ACU) Golden Key chapter hosted 150 Golden Key members and alumni at their Melbourne campus, where Janine shared her personal journey and tips for success.
Janine Allis is a self-made businesswoman who took an unconventional journey to success. She opened the first Boost Juice store in Adelaide, Australia from her kitchen bench, and grew it into an international brand. Boost Juice Bars have grown to over 350 stores in 17 different countries. Janine is also part-owner of Retail Zoo, the parent company of Boost Juice, Salsa’s Fresh Mex Grill, CIBO Expresso and Hatch. She is also a regular “shark” on Network Ten’s Shark Tank Australia, a reality competition TV series where aspiring entrepreneurs present business ideas to a panel of “shark” mentors.
From the get-go, Janine captivated the audience with her laid-back and witty sense of humour. She candidly revealed her journey to success, through travelling the world and working odd jobs ranging from a media assistant, to a stewardess on David Bowie’s yacht, to senior manager of a Singaporean cinema chain – Janine experienced it all! Upon returning home to Australia, and having children, she noticed a hole in the Australian fresh juice market and capitalised on the opportunity.
Despite having no formal business training, Janine’s passion helped her business grow into an international success that has made over $2 billion in global sales since its inception. Whether it be life or business, Janine emphasised the importance of choosing a partner who will always encourage and push you forward, rather than confirm your fears and hold you back. Throughout her speech, she often mentioned and credited her husband and business partner, Jeff Allis, for his support in her journey.
At the conclusion of the evening, Janine participated in a Q&A session with Golden Key members, who asked questions varying from how to start your own business, to what qualities you should look for in a partner!
ACU Golden Key would like to thank Golden Key Asia-Pacific and the Golden Key Victoria Alliance for their support and enthusiasm in hosting this successful evening with Janine Allis.