World Champion surfer Layne Beachley’s foundation that supports women achieving their dreams, big or small, and a business that teaches children the art of coding are among the 27 finalists for the 2017 Telstra New South Wales Business Awards.
The Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation is one of four finalists in the Charity category. Early on, Ms Beachley realised that working four jobs and sixty hours every week to fund her overseas contests was taking a toll on her physical and mental health. Today, her foundation supports women on their journey to success through scholarships, financial grants, mentoring and inspiration.
Also named a finalist is Code Camp set up by founder and tech entrepreneur Benjamin Levi after a “light bulb” moment when he realised that kids were always asking him how to build IPhone apps. The business is proud to have so far supported 20,000 kids achieve their tech aspirations in school holiday programs, after-school coding classes, and in-school incursions across Australia.
Celebrating 25 years in 2017, the Telstra Business Awards are the longest running program honouring the achievements of Australia’s best small and medium businesses (SMBs) and more recently, charities as well.
Telstra Business Executive Director, Brendan Donohoe, said this year’s finalists were demonstrating what it takes to become ‘that’ business – a leader in their field, a name that is trusted and admired and being an organisation that inspires others.
“Many of the NSW finalists are great examples of innovators and early adopters who have used technology to help them gain an advantage in the market. They show how technology is fundamentally changing the way businesses operate today and delivering enormous benefits,” he said.
“This year, we are delighted to be celebrating 25 years of the Telstra Business Awards and all that Australian businesses and charities contribute to our economy and way of life. They inspire us with their relentless pursuit of finding new and better ways to do things through their resilience, the courage to take risks and an incredible talent and commitment.”
Other finalists include: Redsbaby, a pram business striving to disrupt the parenting market, Booktopia, Australia’s largest online book retailer, and Cashrewards, an online community with over 250,000 Australians earning rewards for shopping online.
Winners of the 2017 Telstra New South Wales Business Awards will be announced on Tuesday 18 July, at Sydney Town Hall. State and Territory category winners will be flown to Sydney for the National judging on Thursday 24 August, culminating in a glittering celebration dinner on the night of Friday 25 August 2017.
The full list of the finalists of the 2017 Telstra NSW Business Awards is below. For more information about the businesses, please visit: telstrabusinessawards.com
Awards information and tickets for the Awards Gala Dinners can be purchased by calling 1800AWARDS between 9am and 7pm AEST Monday to Friday.
NSW Media Manager
Michelle Zydower, 0423 028 564
Media reference: 068/2017