EY names top New South Wales’ entrepreneurs for 2013

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Friday 30 August 2013 — The best of New South Wales’ entrepreneurial talent was on display at last night’s 2013 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Eastern Region awards ceremony in Sydney, with six outstanding individuals taking home the top awards.

The winners of the 2013 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Eastern Region awards, by category, were:

  • Emerging – Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin, BlueChilli
  • Industry – Iwan Sunito, Crown Group Holdings
  • Services – Richard Earl, Talent International
  • Technology – Dale Carr, LeadBolt

Also recognised in the non-competitive regional award categories were:

  • Social entrepreneur – Stephen MacMahon, The George Institute for Global Health
  • Champion of Entrepreneurship – John Grill, WorleyParsons

EY Sydney Office Managing Partner Lynn Kraus congratulated the award winners, saying they each demonstrated remarkable vision, passion, entrepreneurial spirit and a strong determination to succeed.

“Entrepreneurs play a vital role in creating jobs, bolstering the economy and improving our communities, both locally and at a national and global level,” Kraus said.

“On behalf of EY, I congratulate all of our 2013 Eastern Region award winners and nominees and applaud them for their continued business innovation,” Kraus said.

Philip McCabe, General Manager, Corporate Finance, Commonwealth Bank said, "It's important Australia's entrepreneurs are given support to grow and prosper and these awards are a positive way to recognise creativity and success. The calibre of entrepreneurs in the Eastern Region award program this year is inspiring. The winners should be congratulated for being able to stand out amongst this talented field. We wish them every success in the national judging."

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is considered the world’s most prestigious business award and the only truly global program of its kind, with entrepreneurs participating in 145 cities in more than 60 countries. Over 1,200 outstanding entrepreneurs have been recognised through the Entrepreneur Of The Year program in Australia since 2001.

The 2013 Eastern Region winners and Social entrepreneur will go on to compete for the title of 2013 Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year at the national awards in November.

The overall Australian winner will then go on to compete in the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year awards in Monte Carlo next year.

For more information on the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program go to www.eoy.ey.com.au.

2013 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year category winners, Eastern Region

Category: Emerging
Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin – BlueChilli
Sebastien launched BlueChilli Technology (BlueChilli) in 2010, having grown frustrated by what he viewed as an economy in need of investment into ventures outside the mining sector. Through his revolutionary venture technology concept, Sebastien has redesigned the business model for the early stage investment and development of technology start-ups. With a mandate to empower entrepreneurs, BlueChilli has already invested in 29 start-up businesses, providing technology solutions and support to entrepreneurs who have identified a commercial need but don’t know how to realise it technically. Sebastien is currently extending the business’s reach in the corporate sector and plans to expand into three key international markets.
What the judges said: Sebastian Eckersley-Maslin is an exciting young leader. Through BlueChilli, Sebastian has turned an ingenious idea into a revolutionary new business model for supporting tech start-ups from inception to investment readiness. In the process Sebastien built a sustainable business of his own.

Category: Industry
Iwan Sunito – Crown Group Holdings

Iwan Sunito started his first company, Joshua International Architects, in 1994. Soon looking for even bigger opportunities, he drew on support from family and friends to undertake an initial capital raising of $5 million and launch his property development company Crown Group Holdings Pty Ltd (Crown Group Holdings) in 1996. Today Crown Group Holdings is among Sydney’s largest residential property developers, with around $2.8 billion of development projects in the pipeline. Iwan recently established the group’s first overseas office in Indonesia to help build the brand’s presence in Asia and increase its share of the international buyers market. What the judges said: Iwan has successfully differentiated Crown Group with its resort-feel apartment complexes. To do so competitively, Iwan has changed the property development business model. As a result, Crown Group is achieving excellent market share growth in this competitive industry.

Category: Services
Richard Earl – Talent International
Richard Earl says he has always been a risk taker at heart. After travelling the globe, he moved to Australia and launched IT&T recruitment business, Talent International, in 1995. Initially starting out with a single office in Perth, Talent International now has offices across Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and in London, providing contract and permanent staff to a wide range of organisations. The business has achieved impressive 23% year-on-year growth for the past five years. Richard plans to continue expanding the business worldwide through a range of innovative solutions and further strategic acquisitions in markets such as Europe.
What the judges said: Richard Earl is an exceptional entrepreneur who exhibits high levels of energy and vision. Working from an understanding that IT professionals are amongst the most mobile globally, Richard and his team have developed an innovative, global service model which capitalises on opportunities for both sides of the employment market, creating an international business in the process.

Category: Technology
Dale Carr – LeadBolt

When he was just ten years old, Dale Carr taught himself how to use and program computers. In 2010 he launched his own mobile advertising and app discovery business, LeadBolt. LeadBolt works with application (app) developers, through its self-service platform, to run advertising campaigns to attract new users. LeadBolt is currently the largest mobile advertising network in Australian and the fourth most used advertising network for Android apps globally. With a customer base in more than 100 countries and offices in Sydney and Los Angeles, Dale is planning to expand the company’s international presence even further over the next five years.
What the judges said: Dale Carr is a serial entrepreneur and true innovator. With very rapid growth and selling into 100 different countries, Dale has created a highly scalable, ‘mobile-app’ advertising business and successfully competes with Google.

2013 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year non-competitive award recipients, Eastern Region

Category: Social entrepreneur
Professor Stephen MacMahon – The George Institute for Global Health Stephen MacMahon is a founder of The George Institute for Global Health and an architect of its global expansion. The George Institute was established in 1999 to find financially sustainable solutions to major global 21st century health problems including chronic disease, serious injuries and associated disabilities. More than 400 professional and administrative staff are collectively responsible for operations in more than 40 established and emerging economies worldwide. Stephen is an internationally recognised authority on common cardiovascular diseases. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the British Academy of Medical Sciences.

Category: Champion of Entrepreneurship
John Grill – WorleyParsons

The Champion of Entrepreneurship award is a lifetime achievement award that recognises individuals who: have a long-term record of outstanding entrepreneurial achievement; have driven the growth of an Australian company, or companies, over a sustained period of time; and have made a significant contribution to their community.
John Grill is Chairman of the Board of WorleyParsons Limited (WorleyParsons), a large Australian provider of professional services to the energy, resource, and complex process industries. With over 40 years’ experience and personal expertise in every aspect of project delivery, John has worked on many of the world’s largest mining and infrastructure projects. He has strong relationships with WorleyParsons’ major customers and has been closely involved at Board level with the company's joint ventures. John is Chairman of the National Precincts Board, which fosters innovation and helps generate economic benefits for Australian industry. He is on the boards of Neuroscience Research Australia and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognises the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognising them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries.

The Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program, launched in 2001, is conducted in five regions culminating in the national awards. The program honours entrepreneurs whose ingenuity and perseverance have created and sustained successful, growing business ventures. Entrepreneur Of The Year’s primary objective is to identify, acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding contribution entrepreneurs make to the Australian business community and economy.

The Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year program now has alumni of over 1,200 entrepreneurs who have participated in the program, including alumni judges, and 15,000 people who have attended Entrepreneur Of The Year events and award ceremonies.

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