THE NIGHT OF NIGHTS: THE GOLD COAST YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS

THE NIGHT OF NIGHTS: THE GOLD COAST YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS
TONIGHT, 300 of the Gold Coast's most talented young business people will arrive at QT Surfers Paradise for Business News Australia's Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards 2017.

Hosted by Carla Tooma, the awards are the night of nights for the Gold Coast's young entrepreneurs.

The Young Entrepreneur Awards showcase Australia's top business leaders aged under 40, who have built a thriving business, delivered innovation, led social change or forged a path to turn their dream into reality. The initiative supports the growth of local economies.

The award has unearthed more than 100 nominees, demonstrating the strength of the Gold Coast's healthy scene of innovators and game changers.

These entrepreneurs are making a significant contribution to the Gold Coast's economy, collectively turning over $180 million and creating more than 1,000 jobs.

This year is the first time the brand new category of Infleuencers has been added into the fold, considering the substantial businesses our finalists have built off the backs of Instagram and YouTube presences alone.

The esteemed panel of judges for the 2017 awards includes Greencross founder and Shark Tank entrepreneur Dr Glen Richards, Bond Business School Professor of Entrepreneurship Dr Baden U'Ren and River City Labs CEO Peta Ellis.

Business News Australia would especially like to thank the corporate sponsors of the awards Bond Business School, Telstra Business Centre Gold Coast, MGI South Queensland, CBD Robina, Advance Queensland, Cullen's Patent and Trademark Attorneys, IP Partnership, Rotary international, Gold Coast Junior Chamber of Commerce, and Screen Offset Printing.

Tonight will feature 16 award categories including:
  • Arts & Culture
  • Digital Disruptor
  • Fashion
  • Health & Fitness
  • Hospitality, Tourism & Events
  • Influencer
  • Manufacturing, Wholesale & Distribution
  • Marketing & PR
  • Professional Services
  • Property & Construction
  • Retail & Services
  • Social Entrepreneur
  • Specialised Services
  • Startup
  • Technology
  • Young Professional
Finalists from each category will also be up for the highly-anticipated Trailblazer of the Year award and 2017 Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

The awards will close with entertainment provided by the ever-brilliant DJ Georgie Baby pumping the latest and greatest tracks.

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