Anticipation is building for Brisbane's most coveted awards for young entrepreneurs with a night of celebrations and the meeting of minds set to take place at Riverlife in Kangaroo Point tonight.
With pioneers and innovators represented across 15 categories, Business News Australia's Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards 2018 is set for its biggest gala yet tonight.
But only one of these contenders will win the prestigious accolade of Brisbane Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and the decision was a difficult one for the judges with more applications than ever to choose from.
Collectively, the Brisbane Young Entrepreneur finalists boast a combined annual turnover of $240 million and have created more than 1,000 jobs. And as these businesses are on growth trajectories, those numbers are likely to climb and climb in the years ahead.
The event is sponsored by HLB Mann Judd, Spruson & Ferguson, the Queensland Government's Advance Queensland, the University of Queensland, Capital B, Alex Correa Executive and Master Eventist.
In addition to the awards Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Trailblazer of the year, tonight will feature 15 award categories including:
- Professional Services
- Marketing & PR
- Health & Fitness
- Digital Disruptor
- Retail and Services
- Specialist Services
- Fashion Design
- Hospitality & Tourism
- Arts & Culture
- Manufacturing, Wholesale and Distribution
- Property & Construction
The winner of the top prize will join the ranks of previous Young Entrepreneurs of the Year:
- Steve Scanlan, Recon Solutions (2017)
- Jordan Grives, Fonebox (2016)
- Grant Wechsel, One Key Resources (2015)
- Robert Rowe, Tu Projects (2014)
- Anthony Yap and Hahn Lu, Good Price Pharmacy Group (2013)
- Anthony Yap and Hahn Lu, Good Price Pharmacy Group (2012)
- Quynh Anh Le, NOJA Power (2011)
- Phillip Di Bella, Di Bella Coffee (2010)
- Bevan Slattery, PIPE Networks (2009)
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