As a sign that business is flourishing in Australia's next Olympic city with plenty of demand to celebrate and meet in person, tickets to the Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards have sold out with record guest numbers expected at the gala event tonight.
Guests are expected to converge on the W Brisbane for the awards following a Herculean effort in 2021 from all the finalists, who have overcome the adversities of the COVID-19 pandemic and thrived, creating and preserving livelihoods while making their impact on the local, national or international economies.
The combined annual turnover of nominees has more than doubled since 2018 to just shy of $600 million, providing employment for almost 3,000 people, while around 12 per cent were startups having founded their businesses in 2020 or later.
After comprehensive form submissions, interviews with journalists and assessments from judges, finalists have been chosen across a wide cross-section of sectors.
The 2021 winner will have big shoes to fill. Last year's Brisbane Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Dr Sean Parsons of Ellume, developed a rapid COVID-19 test which was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over-the-counter sales in the United States within a week of receiving the distinction.
As usual we have a highly competitive cohort of entrepreneurs vying for awards across different categories as well as the top prize.
Young Entrepreneur Awards founder Camilla Jansen says this inspiring group of Brisbane's leading business minds are paving the way for others, instilling a belief that anything is possible with the right idea, business acumen, resilience and company culture.
"The awards season is our favourite time of year and we are so happy to be able to kick off the celebrations in Brisbane tonight. Congratulations to all the finalists and thanks to everyone who took the time to nominate," she says.
"I'd also like to thank our sponsors Instyle Solar, Brisbane City Council, MGI Accountants and Business Advisors, Capital B, University of Queensland, Spruson & Ferguson, Corpay, Yellow Panda and Ivvy."
Aside from the two major awards of Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Trailblazer, the gala will span a range of sectors with 15 different award categories including:
- Digital Disruptor
- Fashion & Design
- Health & Medicine
- Hospitality & Tourism
- Manufacturing, Wholesale and Distribution
- PR, Media & Events
- Property & Construction
- Retail & Services
- Specialist Services
- Professional Services
The finalists in the Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards 2021 are as follows (in alphabetical order by company):
Tim West - 12RND Fitness, UBX Training
Nof Hamze & Alex Hamze - Alamour The Label
James Fielding - Audeara
Anna Rai - Brisbane Brows Pty Ltd
Nelvin Das & Chantelle Das - Buildi, Sparrow and Finch Boutique
Nicholas Chapman - Chapcon DC, Newstart Homes Australia
Corey Stone - CHS Building
Brad Moran - CitrusAd
Rudy Crous & Carl Hartmann - Compono Pty Ltd, Lyres Spirit Co
Tim Johnson - Corbett & Claude, Comuna Cantina, Tetto Rooftop Bar, Mr Claude
Stephen Bornstein - Cyborg Dynamics Engineering, Athena Artificial Intelligence
Kahlee Andrews - Devote Digital
Ashley Portas - Diamondport
Dilan Ildes & Tom D’arcy - Dirty Sultan, Ildes Group Pty Ltd
Shannah Bradshaw & Ben Bradshaw - Disrupt Digital Pty Ltd, SponsoredLinX, Get More Traffic, Search Marketing Experts, Disrupt Music Group, Deep Future, Emergency Medical Supplies
Jarryd Fisher & Ryan Fisher - E-Fishient Property Solutions
Mariana Fataccioli - Elysian Cartel Pty Ltd
Chris Jeffery - Field Orthopaedics
Ian Parke & James Pound - FIN-PAY
Aaron McAllister & Georgio Batsinilas - FitazFK
Rodney Frampton - Frampton Builders
Andrew Barnes, Chris Eigeland, Chris Hood & Vu Tran - Go1
Christina Mann & Jesse Mann - Harvest Global, Bamboo Sheets Australia, Westhill Watch Boxes, Empire Chopsticks, James Butler Flasks, Lumi Night Lights, April May Jewellery Boxes
Brett Saunders - Hiflow, S6 Capital Group, Surgical Biofix, Saunders Development Group, Savy Commercial
Chris Baptista - Homes by CMA, CMA Developments, CMA Capital
Mathew Stillone - Integrity Food Co, Botanika Blends, Protein Supplies Australia, Flexible Foods
Daniel Wessels - Jacaranda Finance Pty Ltd
Joe Zhou - Joe Zhou Pty Ltd, Maroochydore Medical Centre Pharmacy, Kedron 7 Day Chemist Pty Ltd
Amy Williams - Lash Prodigy, Lashxtend
Courtney Lockett - Lockett Mccullough Lawyers
Braden Voigt - Lynkz Pty Ltd, PolyVision
Wyatt Westmoreland & Edward Hodge - MiHIGH
Rebecca Martin & Jae Martin - Mondaze, Mondaze Media
Jeff Yew - Monochrome Asset Management
Thomas Fu & Tom Mcpherson - Motor Culture Australia
James Mutton - Motorcycle Trading Pty Ltd, Strategic Funding Pty Ltd, DMS Innovations Pty Ltd, J.A. Mutton Investments Pty Ltd
Chris Anastasi & Nathaniel Anthony - Muscle Nation
James Morrell & Mahdi Chardi - Muval
Andrew Bell - Nifty Loans Pty Ltd
Courtney Hargrave - No More Pain Ergonomics
Josh Fritz - Patch Agency Pty Ltd, PatchPets
Sam Moore - Pyra Pty Ltd
Rebekah Strachan - Raw by Bek Pty Ltd
Jessica McWatt Forbes & Katie Burton - Red Stockholm
Jez Hedger & Caitlin Shannon - Rivercity House & Home Co., Bedzy
Peter Dodeja - SAI Security Group, SAI Investments Group
Joseph Agresta & Kieran Maguire - Science Of Fitness
Maddison Lawrence - Slick Azz Protective Films, Bushwrapz Pty Ltd
Ella Doyle - Social Cut
Ellie Bakker - Splice Marketing, Telehealth Education Pty Ltd
Josh Cobb - Stepps Pty Ltd
Angus Goldman & Alex Harper - Swyftx Pty Ltd
Victoria Harrison - The Exposure Co.
Ellen Powell - The Somewhere Co.
Nicholas Mitrossilis - The Yiros Shop
Vish Uttam & Kris Kaczmarek - Time2outsource
Scott Fell - Tutor2you
Megan Winter & Karyn Parkinson - Unstoppable Ecommerce
Alexis Bowler - Up I.T. Solutions
Dominic Spooner - Vaulta, Ember Design House
Gemma Renton - Vine Street Digital
Myrrah Balasabas & Joshua Spurway - Vision Made Co
Emily Bitkow & Sarah Hua - VIVRA International Pty Ltd
Nick Hill, Andrew Walker, James Walker & Lana Hill - Walker Hill Group, Walker Hill Chartered Accountants, Walker Hill Digital, Walker Hill Finance
Brodie Haupt & Drew Haupt - WLTH, Inception Wealth Group, Inception Finance, Bayside Home Loans, Properlytics, Moneymgmt
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