Gold Coast business talent to gather tonight for largest ever Young Entrepreneur Awards ceremony

Gold Coast business talent to gather tonight for largest ever Young Entrepreneur Awards ceremony

JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa (courtesy of JW Marriott).

The Gold Coast’s finest business minds will come together for the first time in two years at the JW Marriott tonight for the largest ever Young Entrepreneur Awards gala dinner in the initiative’s history.

It has been a long time between drinks for the cohort of Gold Coast young entrepreneurs who are redefining what it means to live and work in the city best known for its sun, surf and tourism.

Ranging from fashion and social media giants to innovators in cutting-edge technology, masters of online retail, manufacturers of high-quality goods and much more, this year’s group of finalists generate a combined total of more than $260 million.

In addition, their contribution to the Gold Coast and Queensland economy could not be overstated more - with the finalists employing more than 2,000 full-time or part-time staff.

Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, which left many of these jet setting Young Entrepreneurs grounded on the idyllic Gold Coast, around one in five that nominated for the Awards started their business in 2020 or later.

Tonight, following a comprehensive judging process and many hours of interviews with Business News Australia journalists, winners will be announced across 15 categories at a sold-out gala dinner.

All finalists are also up for the coveted Trailblazer Award which recognises a founder and their business on the precipice of massive growth. They’ll follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner James Gilmour, founder of Gilmour Space, who is currently shooting for the stars and spearheading a $150 million space industry project.

That’s not to mention the top prize of the night: the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Last year, Saski Collection and Tammy Fit founder Tammy Hembrow took out the top gong. As a returning finalist this year she’s gunning for back-to-back wins, but it’s anyone’s guess as to who will take home Gold.

Young Entrepreneur Awards founder Camilla Jansen said 2021 was extremely competitive, noting every single finalist demonstrated serious business acumen, talent and potential.

“The Gold Coast is always one of the most competitive bunches of finalists every year, and 2021 is no exception,” she said.

“While we are gathering to announce some winners, tonight is going to be a celebration. After two long years, it is so exciting that we’re once again able to meet in person and celebrate everything we’ve been able to achieve despite the circumstances.

“I’d also like to thank our sponsors Instyle Solar,City of Gold Coast, MGI Accountants and Business Advisors, Spruson & Ferguson, Study Gold Coast, 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 17 different award categories including:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Digital Disruptor
  • Fashion Design
  • Finance
  • Fitness
  • Food & Beverage
  • Health & Medicine
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Manufacturing, Wholesale & Distribution
  • Marketing
  • PR, Media & Events
  • Professional Services
  • Property & Construction
  • Retail & Services
  • Specialist Services
  • Startup
  • Technology

The finalists in the Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards 2021 are as follows (in alphabetical order by company):

Nic Nichols - 40/40 Creative, Golden Walls, Squaready 

Hayden McEvoy - A Team Tuition Pty Ltd 

Andrew Antonopoulos - ABA Legal Group, ABA Bioscience Consulting, Synnch 

Tyler Murphy, Scott Chapman & Tim Black - Able Digital Wellness, S&S Chapman 

Mike Luker - Ace Health Centre, Ace Health Care, Motionx 

William Hawkins - Appifany Australia 

Carly Fradgley - Baby Give Back Ltd 

Jordan McGregor - Bare And Boho 

Jasmine Scarr - Bella Bronze Tan 

Marina Bartlett - Bella Donna Injectables And Skin 

Renee Alyce - Bescher 

Bernard Mangelsdorf - BITS Technology Group, BITS Wireless 

Michael McGovern, Eddie Oldfield - Black Hops Brewery 

Samantha Leonard - Breeze Balm 

Connor Fairclough, Sam Lindell & Zac Nicholson - Collab Bar, Verve Network Pty Ltd, Verve Pictures, HECKL 

Katie Jones - Country Girl Management 

Luke Vaughan - Crown Realty International, The Vaun Group of Companies, Vaun Enterprises, Vaun Developments, Vaun Capital, Vaun Management, Vaun Asset Management 

Viktor Korsun - Datasakura 

Kristie Baird - Drip IV Australia, Mode Medical 

Brynley King - eCommerce Growth by Brynley King 

Emilly Hankin - Emilly Hadrill Hair 

Nikki Mann - Everi-Body 

Nova Ward - Fitcover Group 

Jon Hollenberg - Five by Five Web Design 

Matthew Nikolai & Joel Prokic - G1 Asset Management, Tech to Country 

Darshnakaur Bhathal & Sabir Merchant - Garlic Clove and Green Olive Italian 

James Gilmour - Gilmour Space 

Luke Ridden - Granddad Jack’s Craft Distillery 

Stacy Marlow & Sian Hull - Hy-Fidelity Dance Design 

Kane Sajdak - HomeGuardian.ai 

Michael Huxley - Huxley Group, MCH Capital 

James Greig - iVvy, Wildflower Gin, Bloomtools 

Tim Dawson - Lauxes Grates, Lauxes Products, Lauxes International 

Jason Nairn - Linked Financial and Superannuation Services 

Jason Daniel - LSKD Pty Ltd 

Juliana Medina - Lymph4You 

Jared Ooi & Tim McKay - Maco Electrics 

Mike Kellett - Macro Mike, Macro Manufacturing, Macro Gym 

Kyia Anderson - Marketing Projects SEQ 

Ben Sinclair - Modnpods Australia 

Gerard Murtagh - Mouldmen, Sayfer Pest Management, Silix, IBT Trading 

Jarrad Bell, Michael Sebire & Jeremy Davidson - Mr Consistent 

James Marshall - MWM Advisory 

Bianca Anstiss - Myraswim 

Paris Faint & CJ Nash - Nash Management 

Jasminne Hristic - NGO Training Centre 

Christopher Henry - Noize 

Reuben Scheckter & James Strathdee - One Power Solar, Leadify 

Tammy Hembrow - Saski Collection, Tammy Fit 

Paul Billing, Alexandra Rofe & Ian Cragg - Send 

Dexter Devlin, Jacob Banks & Dan Kerr - Service.com.au 

Kris Simmons & Simon Livingstone - Simmons Livingstone & Associates 

Ben Tattersfield - Sportcor 

Amy Hembrow & Emilee Hembrow - SSKIN 

Jake Robinson & Mark Deacon - Superdraft 

Ryan Tuckwood - SWISH Sales Coaching 

Craig Johnston & Lucy Johnston - TCLH 

Jarrod Wade - The Caravan Guys 

Dayna Cooper - The Jefferson Restaurant Group, Orzo, Social Eating House and Bar, Gypsy Social 

Cormac Gray - Top Tier Marketing, Blockchain QLD 

Thomas Welch - TW Accounting & Business Solutions, Precinct Brewing Co 

Jacob Ritchie -Two Birds Social, Poly Studios & North Productions 

Nikki Westcott & Lucy Jackson - We The Wild Ones, Jagger and Stone, Happy Hour Podcast, The Punter Club, Jackson West Wines 

Broden Johnson - Yakk, Hello Reviews 

Amanda Williams - Yellowpanda Agency 

Rebecca Tarrant - Yonda 

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