Gold Coast business community gears up for high-calibre Young Entrepreneur Awards

Gold Coast business community gears up for high-calibre Young Entrepreneur Awards

Photo: Business News Australia

The spotlight will be on the Glitter Strip’s most accomplished young businesspeople tonight, who will be dressed to the nines as they gather for the Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards at the JW Marriott.

Now in its 15th year, the initiative continues to unite the Gold Coast’s savviest young game-changers, allowing them to celebrate their achievements amongst a crowd of like-minded peers.

The 2022 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur of the year winner will become part of a legacy that includes the likes of LSKD founder Jason Daniel, National Veterinary Care founder Tomas Steenackers, and Grace Loves Lace founder Megan Ziems, as well as returning finalists Tammy Hembrow of Tammy Fit and Dwayne Martens of Amazonia, among others.

Collectively, the Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards finalists generated a combined $250 million in revenue and have created employment for more than 2,360 people. Undeterred by the challenges posed by COVID-19, a quarter of all finalists founded their businesses since the pandemic started.

On top of vying for the top prize - the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award – all finalists will also be up for the coveted Trailblazer Award, which recognises a founder that has achieved exponential growth in their business over a short period of time. Last year, HomeGuardian.ai founder Kane Sajdak took home the title with his artificial intelligence (AI) tool that provides fall and incident detection in aged care, disability care and hospital settings.

Following a comprehensive judging process and hours of interviews with Business News Australia journalists, the winners will be announced across 16 categories at the gala dinner.

Young Entrepreneur Awards founder Camilla Jansen said she was excited to host tonight’s ceremony and recognise those who took leaps of faith to bring their entrepreneurial visions to life.

"An awards night like this is about celebrating founders who have worked hard to succeed despite the odds and build amazing companies from the ground up. The quality of the nominees blows me away every year and this time is no exception. Congratulations to all the finalists and thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate,” she said.

"I'd also like to thank our sponsors Go1Venture CrowdCity of Gold Coast, OSWMGI Accountants and Business AdvisorsStudy Gold Coast, 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 16 different award categories including:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Digital Disruptor
  • Finance
  • Fitness
  • Food & Beverage
  • Health & Medicine
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Marketing
  • PR, Media & Events
  • Professional Services
  • Property & Construction
  • Retail & Services
  • Specialist Services
  • Startup
  • Sustainability & Social Responsibility
  • Technology

The finalists in the Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards 2022 are as follows (in alphabetical order by company):

Hayden McEvoy – A Team Tuition

Michael Luker – Ace Health Centre, Ace Health Care, MotionX

Dwayne Martens – Amazonia Global Group

William Hawkins – Appifany Australia

Flynn McFarlane – Arkhi

Carly Fradgley – Baby Give Back

Jordan Hrovat & Jack Murphy – Beyond BnB

Bernard Mangelsdorf – BITS Technology Group

Byron Van Gisborne – Career Building

Alex Volkanovski, Miles Muecke & Selasi Berdie – CMBT

Lachlan Fea & Joshua Heslin – Cloutly

Sam Lindell – COLLAB BAR

Katie Jones – Country Girl Management

Dr Anuj Gupta & Mannu Kala – Covax Australia

Luke Vaughan – Crown Realty International, The Vaun Group of Companies

Darshnakaur ‘Dolly’ Bhathal & Sabir Merchant – Daas QLD, Green Olive, Garlic Clove, Mothers Food Catering

David Lethbridge – DGE Electrcial

Kristie Baird – Drip IV, Mode Medical

Emilly Hankin – Emilly Hadrill Hair

Courtney Scott – Empowered Living Choices

Nikki Mann – Everi-Body

Kelly Weideman – EVOLT

Nova Ward – Fitcover

Joel Prokic, Matthew Nikolai & Jason Smit – G1 Asset Management, Tech to Country

James Carney, Alec Carney & Paul Carney – Gemelli Group

James Gilmour – Gilmour Space

Mark Hawley & Reuben Scheckter – Golf Journeys

Luke Ridden – Granddad Jack’s Craft Distillery

Natalie Durack – Happy Hounds Dog Walking and Pet Sitting

Lincoln De Assis Neto & Kevin Berot – Here Agency

Kane Sajdak – HomeGuardian.ai

Michael Huxley – Huxley Group, MCH Capital

Stacy Marlow & Sian Hull – Hy-Fidelity Dance Design

Selasi Berdie, Miles Muecke – HYPE Group

James Greig – iVvy, Bloomtools, Wildflower Gin

Luke Carruthers & Kacie-Lee Carruthers – Lackon

Reuben Scheckter & James Strathdee – Leadify

Taylor Victoria – Level Up Outsourcing

Diana Awad – Linked Financial Services, Linked Superannuation Services

Joshua Murchie, Mathew Sayed. Craig Gillam & Matthew Shipman – Little Phil, Purplefly.io

Jared Ooi – Maco Electrics

Mike Kellett – Macro Mike, Macro King & Macro Gym

Brock Ford & Siobhan Kelliher – MedaData

Thomas Blake – Media Shark, Double Jab

Gerard Murtagh – MouldMen

James Marshall – MWM Advisory

CJ Nash & Paris Faint – Nash Management

Jasminne Hristic – NGO Training Centre

Jamie Pitt & Ryan Elliott – Partnar

Siobhan Macdonald – Premium Diagnostics, Premium Auto Services, OBD2DIAGTOOLS, Miss Mechanical

Chantelle Geldenhuys & Craig Haywood – Quality Seal Australia

Daniel Quinn – QVolt Solar, QVolt Solar Electrical, Quinns Solar Cleaning

Nejra Karabut – Sash Beds

Paul Billing & Alexandra Rofe – Send Payments

Fabio Dos Reis – Shuttle Marketing Agency

Selasi Berdie, Miles Muecke & Nadia Schilling – Sprout Organic

Amy Hembrow & Emilee Hembrow – SSKIN

Tammy Hembrow – Tammy Fit

Craig Johnston & Lucy Johnston – TCLH Group, TCLH Academy

Dayna Cooper – The Jefferson Restaurant Group (Orzo Restaurant, Social Eating House)

Matthew Srama – The Srama Group

Amelia Gow – Training Evolution

Jacob Ritchie – Two Birds Social, Poly Studios, North Productions

Vasia Vogias & Heidi Peuten – Ulu Hye

Broden Johnson – Yakk, Hello Reviews, 850 Espresso, Treelabs

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