NSW and ACT entrepreneurs shine at EY awards night

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The best entrepreneurs from across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory took the honours at last night’s 2015 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Eastern Region awards ceremony in Sydney. The winners, by category, were:

  • Emerging – Evan Clark, ClickView
  • Industry – Nadia Taylor and Alf Taylor, TNA Australia Pty Ltd
  • Services – Greg Boorer, Canberra Data Centres
  • Technology – Timothy Power, 3P Learning Limited

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

  • Listed award – James Spenceley, Vocus Communications Limited
  • Social entrepreneur – Robert de Castella AO MBE, Indigenous Marathon Project and SmartStart for Kids

The Eastern Region winners, Social entrepreneur and listed award recipient will go on to represent the state at the national awards in October, where they will compete for the title of 2015 Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year.

EY’s Sydney Managing Partner, Lynn Kraus congratulated the winners, saying they were well deserving of the awards, demonstrating vision, passion and determination.

“The high calibre of this year’s Eastern region winners demonstrates the strength of entrepreneurial spirit evident throughout NSW and the ACT,” Ms Kraus said.

EY’s Canberra Managing Partner, Todd Wills said this year was a milestone for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards in Australia as it celebrated its 15th anniversary.

“Entrepreneurs create enormous economic benefit and social change, by inspiring others with their innovative approach and by challenging the status quo,” Mr Wills said.

“This year’s list of nominees was incredibly impressive and the recognition for their efforts is well earned.”

Philip McCabe, General Manager, Corporate Finance, Commonwealth Bank, said that Entrepreneurship is a special category of Australian business leadership that will continue to play a critical role in Australia’s ongoing economic growth.

“The Eastern region continues to produce an outstanding range of entrepreneurial business leaders, and I would like to congratulate the 2015 winners on their achievements. The high calibre of leadership among this year’s nominees and winners is a testament to the innovation and diversity in business that continues to grow in the region.

 “Commonwealth Bank has been the principal sponsor of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards for four years now, and is proud to support a program that recognises Australia’s top entrepreneurs. We continue to learn from the excellence in innovation and service demonstrated by these business leaders, and we share their passion for entrepreneurial endeavour.”

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is considered the world’s most prestigious business award and is 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 overall 2015 Australian winner will be named at a gala ceremony in Sydney on 15 October. The national winner will then go on to represent the country and compete in the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year awards in Monte Carlo next June, following in the footsteps of last year’s Australian winners Joe Davenport and Owen Kerr of Pepperstone.

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

 

2015 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year category winners, Eastern Region

Category: Emerging
Evan Clark – Clickview
Whilst completing his degree in Telecommunications Engineering, Evan Clark's work on a video streaming alternative called ‘predictive file transfer’ became the backbone of what ClickView is today. Started in 2003, ClickView is a market-leading video platform which simplifies teaching using video. ClickView creates curriculum-focused video content for teachers, and allows its users to access educational video anywhere, any time, on any device. It is used by over 2,000 institutions worldwide and has over 2 million users. Evan’s goal is to continue to grow ClickView’s market share in Europe and Asia. He also believes the US market is ready for ClickView’s platform.
What the judges said: Evan Clark has a real passion for his niche customer base and the services he provides to them. Working in conjunction with curriculum developers and accumulating an in-depth inventory of relevant video content to enhance learning experiences, he has created an incredibly successful business.

Category: Industry
Nadia Taylor and Alf Taylor – TNA Australia Pty Ltd
Nadia Taylor and Alf Taylor were both working at a snack company when they left to start their own processing and packaging business. Today, TNA is a leading specialist in food processing and packaging machinery, offering highly innovative single-source solutions to the entire global food industry. TNA is focused on customer satisfaction, offering comprehensive spare parts and 24-hour technical support. More than 95% of TNA’s revenue comes from export sales. There are manufacturing operations in Australia, the UK, US, China and the Netherlands, and products are distributed to over 120 countries around the world. In future, Nadia and Alf plan to innovate and grow through acquisition.
What the judges said: Commitment, hard work and lots of sweat have turned TNA Australia Pty Ltd into a global market leader and an Australian icon. By innovating in a relatively conservative industrial market, Nadia and Alf Taylor have built TNA Australia into a worldwide leader in food processing and packaging.

Category: Services
Greg Boorer – Canberra Data Centres
After working in and around data centres overseas, Greg Boorer saw an opportunity in the Australia market for a modern, highly secure data centre service for government and high-end users.
Canberra Data Centres (CDC) is the largest provider of outsourced co-location data centre services to the Federal Government and third-party IT service providers. Its unique modular pod system can accommodate customers’ evolving requirements over time without disrupting operations. Greg anticipates increased demand for storage space as the government digitises its service delivery. He plans to build another two data centres in the ACT region and expand into Sydney, Melbourne and overseas.
What the judges said: With Canberra Data Centres, Greg Boorer saw a market opportunity and bravely invested ahead of the curve. His story demonstrates the benefit of focus, as the business has secured a significant number of long-term contracts in the face of international competition.

Category: Technology
Timothy Power – 3P Learning Limited
Motivated by equitable access to education, Timothy Power left a successful law career to create education technologies using mathematics. 3P Learning Limited (3PL) is a global online education company which offers innovative products for schools and students in grades K-12. These include Mathletics, Reading Egg and Spellodrome. The company has 268 employees and sales operations in eight countries. 3PL’s services to the community include the World Education Games and Australia’s Biggest Virtual School Excursion, attended by over 16,000 students from 625 schools. Timothy wants 3PL to reach 50 million students by 2019. He aims to replicate the model in the US and Canada.
What the judges said: Timothy Power has built a steady, profitable business while maintaining a commitment to accessible education. Leveraging technology to provide life changing experiences to children makes 3P Learning Limited an outstanding business - clever, engaging and dynamic, with a global impact.

 

2015 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year non-competitive award recipients, Eastern Region

Category: Listed award
James Spenceley – Vocus Communications Limited
James Spenceley is the founder and CEO of Vocus Communications Limited (Vocus), a leader in telecommunications, data centre and high bandwidth connectivity solutions in Australia and New Zealand. James has steered Vocus through exponential growth. In 2008, he refinanced his home mortgage to fund the telecommunications start-up and by 2009, Vocus was one of Australia's fastest-growing technology companies. Today, Vocus is a member of the ASX200 with a market capitalisation of more than $600 million. Within five years, James believes Vocus will be the first choice for corporate telecommunications and every IT manager in the country.

Category: Social entrepreneur
Robert de Castella AO MBE – Indigenous Marathon Project and SmartStart for Kids
In the 1980s, Robert de Castella AO MBE gained recognition as the Australian world champion marathon runner. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to promote children’s health and fitness, and created a culture of running in Indigenous Australia. The Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) selects young Indigenous men and women to run the New York City Marathon and complete a Certificate III in Fitness. Graduates become inspirational leaders of change. In 1999, Robert founded SmartStart for Kids!, a health promotion charity targeting child obesity. Robert is the 1983 Australian of the Year and he was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community last year.

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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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