19 core categories plus the coveted Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

From technology pioneers to gym bunnies, restaurateurs and vintners to the social media savvy, we’re yet to find a type of entrepreneur our Awards don’t celebrate.

With 19 different categories ranging from Finance, to Legal, and even an award celebrating those pushing Social Responsibility & Sustainability goals to the forefront of the national conversation, you’ll be hard pressed to be an outlier here.

Better yet, all category finalists are up for the highly anticipated Trailblazer and 2022 Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

After reading the category descriptions below, if you’re still unsure about where you fit in just contact us or pick the best fit - we’ll make sure you’re up against similar peers.

Arts Culture
For those that are enriching Australia's cultural offering and reputation, whether through the fine arts, entertainment, artisanship or other disciplines essential to lifestyle. 
Digital Disrupter
Mastering the digital arts by using software tools, marketing channels or inventive new apps to deliver services that significantly raise client profiles is what these entrepreneurs do best.
Fashion Design
Making it big in the fashion industry requires dedication, leadership and a knack for cutting through the noise to create something truly unique. Talent that goes far beyond an eye for detail is imperative for these finalists.
Finance
Whether they are out to change the accounting game or are simply unparalleled in crunching numbers, these entrepreneurs are the face of finance.
Fitness

Sweating it out at the gym every day is hard but building a fitness empire is harder. A fierce passion for health and fitness should be rivalled only by your success in business. 

Food and Beverage
Australia is known worldwide for its impressive food and drinks scene, and entrepreneurs in this category create culinary experiences that we enjoy every day. 
Health and Medicine

Breaking new ground in medical technology, educating and assisting the public on essential health matters, and making the country a safer place to live is just the day-to-day for these entrepreneurs.

Hospitality and Tourism

For entrepreneurs who have founded a venue that attracts the social set, own a restaurant that may be the city's best (or worst) kept secret or manage a successful events or tourism company.

Legal

From using technology to simplify the cobweb of the legal system, to going above and beyond for clients, finalists in the legal services category are turning the industry on its head and giving the major firms a run for their money. 

Manufacturing
In a sector that is considered the backbone of the broader economy, these entrepreneurs are punching above their weight. They create the supply to meet the demand, not only in Australia but in some cases across several booming international markets too.
Marketing
Forging creative new ways to promote a product, service or event is what makes these entrepreneurs tick. They have made a name for their clients, and certainly made a name for themselves in the marketing space. 
PR Media and Events
Telling the stories that matter is what these entrepreneurs do best. Whether distributing news through their own channels or to the Australian media and beyond, they know what it takes to get audiences on the hook.
Professional Services
Helping businesses lift their performances day in, day out. They find efficiencies, they make doing business easier, they connect, and they thrive on tapping unfulfilled needs.
Property and Construction

Whether adding to a climbing skyline, bolstering its foundations or marketing its finest properties, both residential and commercial, these entrepreneurs go the extra mile to enrich the country's development.

Retail + Services

Covering both the clicks and bricks spaces, showcasing an excellence at providing goods and services directly to the customer. 

Specialist Services

Carving a modern niche within traditional industries that service the needs of everyday life. They perform essential trades and provide backbone services for both residential and commercial clients.

Startup

Recognising those who are in the early stages of developing a vision and are using technology to scale. While the businesses of these next entrepreneurs may be young in years, they are bursting with potential.

Sustainability and social responsibility

The sustainability and social responsibility award is for an entrepreneur showing a different side to business. They are champions of social issues and have created impactful initiatives that support the community at large. They drive change and prove that businesses can impact the world in a positive way. 

Technology

Inventing, servicing or developing solutions in the IT or electronics space is all in a day’s work for these entrepreneurs. Through sheer innovation and no small amount of hardware, they are changing how consumers operate.

Trailblazer

All finalists are up for the Trailblazer Award, which is presented to an entrepreneur that has achieved exponential growth in their business over a short period of time. This is one that the judging panel believes will make a big name for itself and has the potential for major, success. 

Young Entrepreneur of the Year award

 

The Young Entrepreneur of the Year award recognises the city’s most ambitious young entrepreneur who has cemented their own unique place in the business community. Our winner joins this stellar cast of game changers who have each boosted the country's reputation, achieved outstanding success and greatly contributed to Australia’s economic prosperity. Their determination and dedication has ensured they not only have thrived in their industry, but become a force to be reckoned with, and this entrepreneur we are about to reveal is no exception.

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