The Harbour City has long thrived on the shoulders of young entrepreneurs, with a vibrant startup ecosystem that has cultured budding seeds into global heavyweights from Atlassian to Airtasker (ASX: ART) and hundreds more.
Tonight, a stellar group of the city’s most exciting young leaders will gather at Doltone House for the 2023 Sydney Young Entrepreneur Awards - an event that has become a cornerstone for the highest calibre of emerging talent.
The initiative's founder Camilla Jansen says the Young Entrepreneur Awards have a rich history, shaping a community of trailblazers who are making meaningful impacts.
“From tech startups to sustainable enterprises, this year’s finalists at the Sydney Awards epitomise the diversity and dynamism that define Sydney's entrepreneurial scene,” she says.
“Every year, the awards highlight the work of young business leaders who are creating a substantial impact on their communities and sectors.”
Despite an Australian economy under the yoke of various global and domestic pressures, this year’s finalists collectively employ thousands of staff and generated nearly half a billion dollars in revenue for FY23. The awards serve as recognition for their substantial impact on both their communities and the city's economic growth.
Among 15 different award categories, each finalist also vies for the coveted title of Sydney’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
In 2022, the top award was cinched by Xavier Orr and Chris Shaw, the founders of AI-based navigation and robotics empire Advanced Navigation.
Just two weeks after Orr and Shaw hoisted their Young Entrepreneur of the Year trophy, Advanced Navigation completed a $108 million capital raise – marking one of the largest private investments in the country during that calendar year.
Like many finalists who are reaching for the moon, Advanced Navigation’s technical, financial and organisational prowess will see that the company literally gets there, courtesy of its extremely precise Boreas X90 inertial navigation system which is now in production.
This year promises to produce a winner that is equally tenacious, successful and exciting, continuing a strong legacy at the Sydney Young Entrepreneur Awards.
And Jansen says the event isn’t just a night for recognition; it's a platform for collaboration and learning among peers.
"Tonight serves as an intersection of disruptive minds from diverse sectors, offering an authentic space for entrepreneurs to connect,” she says.
“It's more than just a competition or a showcase. It's an incubator of sorts for ingenuity, encouraging participants to scale new heights and continually innovate.”
“As the sun sets, a celebration will begin for those who will undoubtedly shape the future of entrepreneurship in Sydney.”
"Our sponsors, all cutting-edge businesses in their own right, play a crucial role in uplifting the entrepreneurial landscape in Sydney - their support is invaluable,” adds Jansen.
By facilitating these connections and promoting Sydney’s thriving business community, the Young Entrepreneur Awards remain pivotal in the ongoing development and investment in local enterprises.
Jansen offers a congratulations to all the finalists, a heartfelt thanks to all who have made the awards possible and assurance that tonight will be one of the most exciting iterations of the Young Entrepreneur Awards to date.
The 2023 Sydney Young Entrepreneur Awards finalists are (in alphabetical order by company):
- Manpreet Singh - Ace Biz
- Hendri Rachman and Dean Costello - Ace Property Team
- Carl Sagun, Mark Abao, and Archie Mursalin - ACM Recruitment, Salveo Nursing, Salveo Independence, Salveo Physiotherapy
- Preet A Singh and Flynn Rogley - AEK Media
- Abraham Aguilan - Affluens Financial Group, Affluens360
- Preet A Singh - Ampar Global, SupplyScope
- Dr Benjamin Coorey - Archistar, Snaploader
- Amanda Wickramage and Gayan Herath - AYURMED
- Samuel Wood - Azura Fashion Group
- Argylica Conditsis and William Conditsis - BABYBOO
- Mladen Jovanovic - BindiMaps
- Tamara Haddow - Black Diamond Agency
- Johannes Egberts - Breathless Expeditions
- Aaron Bassin - Bridgit
- Allen Fu and Xixi Liu - CheekyGlo, Seconds Please!, The FU Agency
- Sarah Forrai and Lewis Battersby - Contour Cube
- Dr Patrick Aouad - CU Health, Loxley Health, Physician Central
- Adam Hewitt - Cyber Revolution
- Amal Wakim - Equalution
- Neil Fabry - FAB Industrial Logistics, FAB Bloodstock, FAB Industrial
- Konrad Gebels and David Morrison - Fire Front Solutions
- Dylan McDonnell and Timo Kugler - Foodini
- Bishara Hatoum - Fundo Loans
- Hayley Westoby - Gambit Collective
- George Papura - Georgiemane
- Corey Biczo and Stephen Bursh - Healthproof
- Vanessa Murillo Vargas and Lachlan Powell - I Am Grounded
- Arjun Paliwal - InvestorKit
- Sam Crowther - Kasada
- Matt Purcell - KYU Media, Social Kung Fu
- Dominic Woolrych and Tom Willis - Lawpath, Rideshare Training
- Rita Agoulian - LickYourPhone Media
- Mathieu Bertrand and Jenna Leo - Like Family
- Julian Fayad - LoanOptions.ai
- Eric Fan, Jerry Yip, Cynthia Rahardja, Anmol Nayak, and Sidney Ramos - LUMOS Technology
- Anna Podolsky - Lyka
- Scott Purcell and Frank Arthur - Man of Many
- Abdul Razak and Samira Razak - Maple Community Services
- Sam Hardy - Mercha.com.au
- Frank Forouzandeh - Modern Painting Group
- Diony McPherson and Dean McPherson - Paperform
- Jules Bouillon - Pistou
- Dr Vincent Candrawinata - Renovatio Bioscience
- Ravi Sharma - Search Property
- Rob Hango-Zada and William On - Shippit
- Johan Misquitta - Simplyai
- Matt Purcell - Social Kung Fu
- Katya Vakulenko - Soup Agency
- Alex Solo and Tomoyuki Hachigo - Sprintlaw
- Allen Fu and Fiona Wang - The Fluid Project
- Natalie Hennessy - The Studio Sydney Group
- Oliver Maruda - The Whisky List
- Mike Anderson and Chloe Anderson - Think Again Laser Clinic
- Sam Jamsheedi - Trademark Group of Companies
- Tim Cullen and Matt Deeks - TradieSpec
- Hiral Shah - Trikon, Metaweb
- Jeremy Yang - Veridooh
- Alex Andrews - Verve Super, Verve Money
- Tim Veron - Vively, Natural Therapy Pages, Honee
- Wilson Poon - Whitetower Digital
- Raquel Bouris and Adam Bouris - WHO IS ELIJAH
- Lily Grigor - Workdog Creative
- Jack Burke - Workhorse Staffing
- Ho Jun Tang, Ben Delaney, Adrian Brossard, and Vanessa Zhao - Yellowbox
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