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40 Under 40 winner of the day: Daniels Langeberg

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If you’ve ever been for a ride in one of Adelaide’s rickshaw-inspired EcoCaddies, then you’ve probably met Daniels Langeberg. But you probably wouldn’t have guessed that his previous jobs included urban planner, Chinese television host and fixed-gear bike racer through the streets of Shanghai.

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Langeberg launched EcoCaddy – a carbon neutral on-demand bike taxi service – in early 2015, which has now eclipsed 70,000 rides and also run campaigns in Melbourne.

While the 33-year-old entrepreneur has had remarkable success with his EcoCaddy fleet, he has many other talents.

Langeberg completed an honours degree in Urban and Regional Planning at UniSA in 2010 and spent the next two years working on urban design projects in Shanghai while learning to race fixed-gear bicycles.

From the middle of 2013 he had an eight-month stint as a television travel show host with International Channel Shanghai before returning to Adelaide.

Following the launch of EcoCaddy, Langeberg founded Mache CoWorking in Whitmore Square, a community orientated co-working space for young emerging artists, entrepreneurs and micro businesses.

Langeberg was last month named a winner in the inaugural InDaily 40 Under 40 Awards.

We caught up with the entrepreneur to ask him some more about doing business in South Australia.

What do you believe are the strengths of doing business in South Australia?

The incredible business community here. From my experience, Adelaideans are very keen to collaborate and explore potentials even if the immediate value to them is not clear. I think we all know that it’s not the easiest place to do business so we are willing to lend a hand – recommend a contact or partner when we can.

What do you believe are the weak points of conducting business in South Australia?

Adelaide’s adoption rate to new ideas is not as fast as doing business on the east coast and other parts of the world. Deals here take more time, are met with more scepticism and the budgets are a lot smaller. But if a business can learn to work with these constraints, learn how to leverage them, persevere and then use SA as a springboard to enter into other markets, they will come out with a very robust and resilient business that will thrive in most markets.

Do you see your future in South Australia?

Absolutely. For the reasons I’ve stated just now. If you then take into account affordability and lifestyle, there are few places on earth that provide such an exceptional environment for doing business.

How can the state encourage more of its young leaders to stay?

Support the start-ups and scale-ups of today in what ever way you can. They are the job creators of the future and they are the ones that the generation of tomorrow are going to be inspired to either work for or compete against by starting business of their own in the future.

More about 40 Under 40

An assessment panel representing the South Australian business community judged hundreds of nominees for the inaugural 40 Under 40 awards, which aim to identify and promote a new generation of local leaders under the age of 40.

The final 40 includes a hugely varied collection of South Australian talents, who are making a mark in fields such as health, technology, the media, property, social innovation, agriculture, finance, the law, and much more.

For the full list of 40 Under 40 winners go here.

40 Under 40 is an InDaily initiative supported by the following partners:

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