Entrepreneur Of The Year
Grahame Petersen, Group Executive Business and Private Banking, Commonwealth Bank:
"There’s only one thing more important than an idea. And that’s turning an idea into action. Entrepreneurs are skilled at identifying vital ideas, then applying relentless drive and determination to make their visions a reality. They’re at the cutting edge of innovation; they’re harnessing the opportunities presented by technology; and they’re boosting the potential of individuals and the economy. These innovators constantly challenge the notions of what’s possible, and inspire us all to redefine success. The Commonwealth Bank has a proud history of supporting the passion and contribution of entrepreneurs, including through our sponsorship of EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year program."
Commonwealth Bank’s commitment to helping entrepreneurs
The Commonwealth Bank has a long history of helping business owners realise their visions, with a focus on entrepreneurs.
We understand how entrepreneurs inject a vital spark into the economy. Their innovations can trigger the creation of new jobs and economic growth – developments that increase the opportunities on offer to many people.
Our commitment to entrepreneurship is put into practice every day. Our dedicated bankers understand entrepreneurs, and develop customised solutions to meet their evolving needs. This includes business coaching to help businesses innovate and take advantage of the latest technology.
We also sponsor a range of awards that promote the development of entrepreneurial businesses across the economy. For example, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards also recognise entrepreneurs who are working with charities and not-for-profits.
This is the Commonwealth Bank’s second year as the Principal sponsor of the Entrepreneur Of The Year program in Australia and New Zealand. We’re proud to be associated with EY’s initiative to promote these enterprising companies on the world stage.
Find out more
Learn more about Commonwealth Bank’s involvement in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program. Visit our website.
Stephen Limbrick, Executive Manager Australia Sales, Qantas Airways:
"Australia’s ability to produce high calibre business leaders who are capable of delivering innovative, growing and sustainable businesses has never been as evident as it is today. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program recognises and celebrates these great success stories. It is with much pleasure that Qantas, an airline founded on innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit, is proud to support the next generation of business leaders through this program."
Bruce Gosper, Chief Executive, Austrade:
"The Australian Trade Commission – Austrade - works with Australian businesses operating in the global marketplace. The ‘can-do’ spirit that has, for decades, driven Australian entrepreneurship and innovation is on show in our daily dealings with these businesses. And while business success is its own reward, the formal recognition of a prestigious award provides incentive and inspiration for business leaders to strive for excellence. We are proud to support the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards in celebration of Australian business achievement."