Southern Region EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ finalists revealed

Thursday, 14 July 2016

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EY today announced the 18 successful entrepreneurs from Victoria in the running to be 2016 Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year.

The finalists from Australia’s Southern Region will join 61 other talented entrepreneurs from across the country nominated for this year’s awards.

This year’s program follows the extraordinary achievements of Melbourne-based Manny Stul, Chairman and Co-CEO of toy company Moose Enterprise, who became the first Australian to win the title of EY World Entrepreneur of the Year in Monaco last month.

EY Managing Partner Victoria, Gerard Dalbosco said this year’s Southern Region finalists brought together a unique mix of entrepreneurs, from retail and coffee merchants to technology and health businesses.

“Victoria is at the heart of the entrepreneurial community in Australia and has a proud history of producing start-ups and entrepreneurs who go on to achieve great success,” Mr Dalbosco said.

“Investing in the development and support of our entrepreneurs is not only a significant booster of growth for both the state and nation’s economy, but a driver of innovation and jobs.”

“It makes sense for us to nurture and promote this community, and help it to grow and continue to disrupt the way we do business. Entrepreneurs teach us the value of being nimble and innovative. They act swiftly, no matter their size, and seize market opportunities to give customers and businesses what they want – because their mindset is all about filling a gap and meeting unsatisfied customer needs” Mr Dalbosco said.

“Importantly, they’re also following their dreams; which serves as a reminder of what can be achieved if you set your mind to it,” Mr Dalbosco said.

Mr Dalbosco said EY globally had been celebrating, advising, guiding, recognising and connecting high-growth entrepreneurs for more than 30 years, not only through the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program, but also through the organisation’s global centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

“Bringing our Victorian entrepreneurs together is also about supporting them to take the next step in their businesses. Helping them build relationships with other entrepreneurs will create an even stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem across Australia and around the world.”

Mr Dalbosco said the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards were a calendar highlight, providing EY, its alumni and the broader Victorian community with the opportunity to celebrate entrepreneurial talent in the state.

“We congratulate all of this year’s Southern Region finalists and look forward to following their progress through this year’s program,” Mr Dalbosco said.

Bernard Treacy, Commonwealth Bank’s General Manager for Corporate Financial Services in Victoria and Tasmania, said he was impressed by the calibre of the Southern Region finalists.

“Great entrepreneurs can really lift the communities they operate in by role-modelling ingenuity, passion and perseverance. So it’s great to see the very high standard set here and I want to congratulate all the Southern Region finalists on how far they have already come in their businesses,” Mr Treacy said.

“At the Commonwealth Bank we see innovation as a critical ingredient for thriving businesses, so we’re proud to be principal sponsor of a program associated with Australia’s top business innovators.”

The finalists will be assessed by a panel of independent judges, including previous Entrepreneur Of The Year award winners and other successful Australian business leaders across six core criteria: entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, personal integrity and influence, financial performance, strategic direction, and national and global impact.

The regional finalists selected by the judges to go on to become national finalists will compete at a national level in Sydney in October. The overall Australian winner will then continue on in the global program, travelling to Monte Carlo in June 2017 to compete for title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™.

The list of Southern Region finalists in the 2016 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program is below.

Southern Region finalists

  • Pana Barbounis - Pana Chocolate
  • Nick Bell - WME
  • Alex Boffa and Jess Hatzis - Frank Body
  • Jeffery Cheetham - SDI Limited
  • Carrie Edwards-Britt – The Amazing Baby Company
  • Tim Gurner - GURNER™
  • John Humble – BWX Limited
  • Geoff Illing and John Rowland – Unico Computer Systems Pty Ltd
  • Salvatore Malatesta – St Ali Pty Ltd & Sensory Lab Australia Pty Ltd
  • Grant Petty – Blackmagic Design Pty Ltd
  • Radek Sali – Swisse Wellness Pty Ltd
  • Adam Schwab – Lux Group
  • George Stamas - GJK Facility Services
  • Scott Stavretis - Acquire BPO Pty Ltd
  • Fleur Studd - Market Lane Coffee and Melbourne Coffee Merchants Pty Ltd
  • Bec Scott - STREAT

    About EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM

    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, EY 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 more than 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 1,400 entrepreneurs who have participated in the program. Since the program’s inception more than 15,000 people have attended Entrepreneur Of The Year events and award ceremonies in Australia.

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