NSW and ACT entrepreneurs shine at awards night

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Friday 17 August 2012 — The top entrepreneurs from across New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) were announced last night at the 2012 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Eastern region awards ceremony in Sydney.

Winners of the 2012 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Eastern region awards, by category, were:

  • Emerging – Michael McGoogan, UberGlobal
  • Industry – Dan Collins, Genesis Care
  • Services – Dr Andrew Kuper, LeapFrog Investments
  • Technology – Jamie Jackson, Ozsale

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

  • Listed award – James Myatt, Australian Power & Gas
  • Social entrepreneur – Ronni Kahn, OzHarvest
  • Champion of Entrepreneurship – Imelda Roche AO, Roche Group

EY Sydney Office Managing Partner, Lynn Kraus said the 2012 Eastern region winners were well deserving of the awards, showing vision, passion, drive and determination to succeed.

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

“The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are a celebration of the successes of these individuals, each of whom play a vital role in creating jobs, boosting economies and improving communities, both locally and on a national and global stage.

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

EY Canberra Office Managing Partner, Lucille Halloran commended all of the 2012 Eastern region award winners and nominees for their innovation, determination and entrepreneurial spirit.

“All of our Eastern region winners and award recipients will go on to contend for the title of 2012 Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year at the national awards in November,” Halloran.

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

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 140 cities in more than 50 countries.

Over 1,000 outstanding entrepreneurs have been recognised through the Entrepreneur Of The Year program in Australia since 2001.

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

2012 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year category winners, Eastern region

Category: Emerging
Michael McGoogan – UberGlobal

Michael McGoogan’s entrepreneurial venture started at the age of 14, building and hosting websites. His shares were held in trust until, at the age of 18, he persuaded his parents to use their Canberra home as security to finance his first major acquisition. Canberra-based UberGlobal is Australia’s fastest-growing web service provider to individuals, SMEs and some of Australia’s largest companies and federal agencies. UberGlobal has the third largest market share in the Australian hosting industry. Michael plans to open an office in the United States and pursue international expansion through his investors in Asia.
What the judges said: Michael is the quintessential entrepreneur and was born to be a leader. Developing game changing technology and increasing credibility by winning government contracts, the business model he has built is continuing to grow profitably, with increasing demand. He is an outstanding role model for other young entrepreneurs.

Category: Industry
Dan Collins – Genesis Care

Dan Collins left his career as an equity analyst in financial markets soon after losing his father to a major illness. He spent several years assessing healthcare in Australia and founded what is now Genesis Care. Genesis Care provides comprehensive cancer and cardiovascular care across Australia. It has over 1,000 employees, a team of over 100 physicians,75 treatment rooms and clinics, and currently treats around 1,200 cancer patients and 500 patients with cardiovascular disease every day. Short-term, Dan plans to develop five new comprehensive cancer centres and three cardiovascular service sites. He will expand services into Asia in the future.
What the judges said: Seeing a gap in the market and with no previous experience in the industry, Dan was able to create a model to provide better care and reduced waiting time for patients. The odds were stacked against him, but his exceptional tenacity and inspiring persistence paid off. In a growing market, in terms of both health needs and outsourcing from government, Dan has created an outstanding business model with clear, tangible benefits for all stakeholders.

Category: Services
Dr Andrew Kuper – LeapFrog Investments

Andrew is the founder of LeapFrog Investments (LeapFrog), the first profit-with-purpose fund of its kind globally. LeapFrog’s $135 million fund invests in companies that serve low-income people with insurance and other essential financial tools, protecting their families and enabling them to accumulate assets. Launched with President Clinton in late 2008, LeapFrog set out to achieve robust investment returns while reaching 25 million people in Africa and Asia within 10 years. In only three years, LeapFrog’s portfolio companies profitably serve 8.6 million people and employ 15,500 individuals. Andrew’s vision is for LeapFrog to lead a trillion dollar global impact investing industry by 2020.
What the judges said: Andrew’s is a great entrepreneurial story of tenacity and impact where it's needed most. He is our insurer to the poor, creating global impact and changing peoples’ lives for many generations to come. Through his leadership, Andrew has developed a strong and enviable culture within his business. This is a unique offering with real and growing market demand.

Category: Technology
Jamie Jackson – Ozsale

In 2006, Jamie Jackson introduced the concept of the “flash sale” website to Australia. Ozsale is an online business platform which operates a members-only shopping site. It sells heavily-discounted designer-label clothing, sourced directly from overseas suppliers, through short "flash" sales that last for three or four days. The website currently attracts around 10,000 members per day. Ozsale has built a global supply chain with buying centres in Florence and New York, and warehousing in Los Angeles and the United Kingdom. Jamie says that the trend in online retail sales is forecast to grow significantly. He is currently expanding into Asia.
What the judges said: Jamie's entrepreneurial abilities were discovered at a young age and it's no surprise that he's developed these abilities into a thriving business. In Ozsale, Jamie pioneered flash sales in Australia and changed the face of Australian retailing. He's been on a fantastic journey of innovation and is well-placed for further opportunities in other countries. An impressive candidate with a can-do attitude, Jamie is poised for future growth.

2012 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year non-competitive award recipients, Eastern region
The Social entrepreneur and Listed award recipient will go on to compete at the National awards against their regional counterparts.

Category: Listed award
James Myatt – Australian Power & Gas

After twenty years in energy companies, progressing from a tradesman to senior executive, James Myatt founded Australian Power & Gas in 2006. This energy and gas retailer services the residential market, primarily on Australia’s eastern seaboard. Outsourcing key functions such as sales, call centre services and billing has enabled the business to offer optimal service and pass cost savings to customers. James plans to develop the client base to 700,000 and triple his revenue by 2015. Australian Power & Gas operates in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, and employs 100 people in Sydney and Melbourne.

Category: Social entrepreneur
Ronni Kahn – OzHarvest

From her experience of business, Ronni Kahn knew how much fresh food was left over every day, so she set up food rescue charity OzHarvest in 2003. OzHarvest has now delivered over 12 million meals to those in need, through 420 charitable organisations. OzHarvest was the first in Australia to collect excess perishable and unsold food from food suppliers. The service not only helps people in need by providing quality food for free, it has also saved over four million kilograms of food from going to landfill. Ronni has lobbied, with the pro-bono involvement of various lawyers, to change the law so that food donors are protected from liability.

Category: Champion of Entrepreneurship
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.

Imelda Roche AO – Roche Group
In 1968, Bill and Imelda Roche started a new business venture in skincare and cosmetics, establishing the first overseas expansion for Con-Stan Industries, a US based company. The company was renamed Nutrimetics International in 1983. In 1991, they acquired the worldwide interests of Nutrimetics International and after selling this business to the Sara Lee Corporation in 1997, they turned their interests to property development and tourism.

Imelda was awarded the Australian Pursuit of Excellence Award for her outstanding leadership and performance in the direct selling industry in 1986. She was the first Australian and the first woman to be appointed Chairman of the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations in 1993. In 1997, Imelda was recognised as one of the 50 Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World.


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