Welcome to Telstra’s Business Awards Alumni
It’s not just recognition you’ll gain when you and your business become a part of the Telstra Business Awards Alumni. You’ll also become part of Australia’s most prestigious business community. For over 25 years, life-changing connections have been made through our Alumni program. Collaborate with the brightest minds, the most innovative businesses and access world class technology to help your business thrive.
Build relationships with people that count, learn how to overcome relatable business struggles and feel part of a lifelong community backed with our support. Plus make the most of our education initiatives including live and digital events, access to rich insight-driven content, and having experts in the fields on hand to help.
The Alumni Achievement Award is a new category in the Telstra Business Awards. Chosen by our judges, this award is designed to celebrate the past Telstra Business Award winners and finalists who have taken their achievements to the next level since their win. The winner of the Alumni Achievement Award will be announced at the National Final and will join the Telstra Business Awards Alumni Hall of Fame.
2018 Alumni Achievement Award Winner – Nexba Beverages
Since winning the 2015 Telstra Australian Micro Business Award, Nexba Beverages have expanded their distribution from small independent grocers into major retailers across Australia and are set to launch in the UK with a major supermarket chain. They were selected for this inaugural award for having experienced 150% year-on-year consecutive growth and launching multiple new products in just a few short years. Nexba Beverages said that winning a Telstra Business Award helped them gain recognition and credibility to propel relationships and partnerships that have driven growth with purpose. Throughout their growth, Telstra has supported them to work remotely, stay connected and drive performance.
2015 Telstra Australian Business of the Year
"We credit our success to mentors. Our strategy has always been to surround ourselves with experts to help us grow and hit our targets." Troy Douglas, Co-Founder and Brand DirectorThe story of beverage brand Nexba began on a beach during a summer's day in Rio Nexba, Mexico in 2010. Enjoying a cold glass of ice tea, engineer Drew Bilbe was inspired to create his own natural, low-calorie real ice tea to share with family and friends back home in Australia.
The majority of Australian customers regularly use search engines to find and research a business, but only 26 per cent of small businesses use search engine optimisation (SEO) to be more easily found.
79 per cent of Australians use social media, with 59 per cent logging in five times a day or more (Sensis*). Yet many small businesses are unsure how to use social media effectively to attract customers.
Since launching online in 2012, Mountain Bikes Direct has supplied customers Australia-wide with specialist mountain bike equipment. Co-founder Jen Geale says e-commerce made it possible.
When CEO Tony Nash co-founded Booktopia in 2004, e-commerce was a fledg-ling industry. With a background in digital marketing, Nash invested $10 a day in Google AdWords. Booktopia has been growing ever since.
Every year, a team of judges drawn from a wide variety of roles and fields are given the difficult task of reviewing and short listing a growing pile of entries for the Telstra Business Awards.