Press release

22 Nov. 2023

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Australia finalists revealed

Ernst & Young, Australia (EY Australia) has announced the successful entrepreneurs from across the country in the running to be EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2024 Australia.

Press contact
EY Oceania

Multidisciplinary professional services organization

Ernst & Young, Australia (EY Australia) has announced the successful entrepreneurs from across the country in the running to be EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2024 Australia.

Russell Phillips, Partner of EY Australia and Entrepreneur Of The Year Australian Program Leader, said this year’s 16 national finalists bring together a diverse mix of passionate entrepreneurs from across Australia.

“Once again we have been inspired by some outstanding entries from entrepreneurs who have relentlessly pursed their vision for a better, brighter world – from producing sustainable alternatives to single-use packaging, to using technology to transform the way people interact with public places and major events.”

This year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is showcasing the art of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs are driven by an unrelenting urge to create. They bring their bold vision to life with persistence, and an artist’s eye for the original.

“Together, our finalists are a testament to Australia’s entrepreneurial spirit. They combine vision and innovation with action, turning an idea into a successful business – their own work of art,” said Mr Phillips.

EY has long recognised the potential of entrepreneurs. Since 2001, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognised ambitious leaders who build and sustain successful, dynamic businesses that leave a lasting positive impact in the communities in which they operate.

In Australia, there are over 1,700 entrepreneurs in the Entrepreneur Of The Year Alumni community.

“Supporting and celebrating entrepreneurs is deeply embedded in our values and our purpose at EY to build a better working world,” Mr Phillips said.

This year, the program celebrates finalists selected by a group of highly respected judges, chaired by Linda Brown from Torrens University Australia (former Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year Winner in 2021). Finalists will be judged on their demonstration of entrepreneurial spirit, national and global impact, strategic direction and purpose. There is also a non-competitive category, Social Impact Award, which recognises entrepreneurs who, through innovation, solve some of society’s toughest challenges to help build a better working world.

Chair Linda Brown said:

“EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is much more than an awards program. The opportunity to celebrate Australia’s best and brightest, and the incredible and lasting impact they create for communities right across Australia, inspires and encourages others to follow their own vision. Entrepreneurship drives innovation.

“For participants and finalists like me, it sets you on a lifelong journey with a network of like-minded leaders, helping to inspire Australia’s next generation of entrepreneurs.”

The winner of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Australia will be announced in Sydney in March. The Australian winner of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year will represent Australia at EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year in Monaco in June.

Australian finalists are:

  • Central Region

    • Shaun Williamson, Energy LogistiX Pty Ltd
    • Frank Mitolo, Mitolo Family Farms
    • Stephanie Malan, The Village Co.
    • Patrick Power, PowerHealth


  • Eastern Region

    • Rachel Brimblecombe, Better Rehab
    • Gary Smith, BioPak
    • Lloyd Ernst, Cloudstaff
    • James Lancaster, Renew IT
    • Shaun Christie-David, Plate It Forward
    • Marc Washbourne, ReadyTech


  • Northern Region

    • Mike Tristram, Trisco Foods
    • Yas Grigaliunas, Circonomy


  • Southern Region

    • Rebecca Jefferd and Ava Chandler-Matthews, Ultra Violette
    • Paul Yeomans, PMY Group
    • Simon Griffiths, Who Gives A Crap
    • Chris Cook, LAB3


  • Western Region

    • Andrew Holder, Revo Fitness
    • Lynley Papineau, Aquatic Leisure Technologies
    • Anthony Routledge, AVI
    • Renzo Petersen, Natraplas
    • Tim Levy, Qoria Limited


About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. Winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title.

About EY

EY exists to build a better working world, helping create long-term value for clients, people and society and build trust in the capital markets.

Enabled by data and technology, diverse EY teams in over 150 countries provide trust through assurance and help clients grow, transform and operate.

Working across assurance, consulting, law, strategy, tax and transactions, EY teams ask better questions to find new answers for the complex issues facing our world today

© 2023 Ernst & Young, Australia
All rights reserved.

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. Information about how EY collects and uses personal data and a description of the rights individuals have under data protection legislation is available via EY member firms do not practice law where prohibited by local laws For more information about our organization, please visit

This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young Australia, a member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited.

Key Contacts:

Eloise Robertson

+61 402 284 818