Wheels of fortune: How Camplify’s Justin Hales turned sharing caravans into an ASX-listed startup


Camplify is an Australian startup success on the road to world domination. Based in Newcastle, NSW, entrepreneur Justin Hales came up with the idea of connecting RV owners with holidaymakers through an online marketplace. Airbnb for caravan and campervan hire, if you like. In 2015, Camplify was born.

Now Camplify is a multimillion-dollar, ASX-listed brand that’s expanded to the UK, Spain and New Zealand. Justin joins First Act to share what he’s learned about about raising capital for a startup, scaling up and harnessing the power of the sharing economy.

Episode notes:
  • Justin’s first act – early life and entrepreneurial journey (1m 45s)
  • The ‘aha’ moment that sparked Camplify (6m50s)
  • Building the Camplify community (10m)
  • How a business accelerator program helped Camplify take off (14m)
  • Overcoming self-doubt and challenges (17m)
  • Growing pains – dealing with rapid growth + raising capital (19m)
  • Dealing with COVID interruptions (22m30s)
  • Ups and downs of overseas expansion (27m)
  • Maximising the sharing economy (31m50s)

Click here for the full episode transcript.

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