NSW and ACT EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ finalists revealed

Wednesday 8 June 2016

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EY today announced the 18 successful entrepreneurs from New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory in the running to be 2016 Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year.

The finalists from Australia’s Eastern Region will join 63 other talented entrepreneurs from across the country nominated for this year’s awards.

EY’s Sydney Managing Partner, Lynn Kraus, said this year’s Eastern Region finalists were a diverse mix of entrepreneurs ranging from healthcare and construction with a significant contribution from technology entrepreneurs and start-ups.

“Entrepreneurship as a springboard for innovation, job creation and economic growth is now well understood globally. It’s clear Australia is fast becoming a melting pot of entrepreneurs and climbing the ranks as a global hub for innovation,” Ms Kraus said.

“By challenging orthodox methods and creating new markets, high-growth entrepreneurs are positively disrupting the way we do business, creating unique products and services and driving our local and global economies forward.”

Ms Kraus said the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards were a highlight of the year providing the firm, its alumni and the broader community an opportunity to celebrate the entrepreneurial talent in Australia and grow the community.

“We’ve been celebrating, advising, guiding, recognizing and connecting the best high-growth entrepreneurs for more than 30 years, not only through the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program but through our global centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

“We look forward to a fantastic year ahead for Australia’s entrepreneurs,” Ms Kraus added.

EY’s Canberra Managing Partner, Todd Wills, said each finalist should feel proud to be taking part in the Entrepreneur Of The Year program.

“It’s a significant achievement and we congratulate all of this year’s regional finalists on reaching this milestone. We look forward to following their progress throughout the year,” Mr Wills said.

“Bringing these entrepreneurs together is also about challenging their own thinking while cross-pollinating ideas and resources. Helping them build relationships to create an even stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem in Australia.”

“Our Eastern Region finalists have followed their dreams and are inspiring others by creating new jobs, driving innovation and productivity, while taking their local and the national economy forward,” Mr Wills said.

Michael Cant, Executive General Manager, Corporate Financial Services, Commonwealth Bank, said entrepreneurs are a critical part of the eastern region economy.

“In the country’s largest economy there are some great business opportunities and it’s clear this year’s eastern region nominees are pursuing those options with passion and talent,” Mr Cant said.

“At the Commonwealth Bank, we believe in the importance of innovation for business success so we’re proud to be principal sponsor of a program associated with some of Australia’s top business innovators.

“I would like to congratulate all the nominees and wish them the best in the awards,” Mr Cant said.

The finalists will go on to 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 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 list of Eastern Region finalists in the 2016 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program is below.

Eastern Region (NSW & ACT) finalists

  • Sam Johnson - Southern Cross Group Services
  • Matthias Krups - BCI Media Group
  • David Vitek and Roby Sharon-Zipser - hipages Group
  • Chris Thorpe - Mobile Embrace Ltd
  • Brett Dawson - Bohemia Group
  • Richard White - WiseTech Global Limited
  • Santosh Devaraj - Secure Logic Pty Ltd
  • Richard Favero - Soprano Design Pty Ltd
  • Glenn Keys and Andrew Walker - Aspen Medical Pty Ltd
  • Grant Wilson and Sue Hollis - TravelEdge
  • Mike Ford - SiteMinder
  • Robert Kelly - SteadFast
  • John Bale and Dr Danielle Clout - Soldier On
  • Damien Mahoney - Stackla

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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