Celebrating ‘that’ moment for our finalists
The 2018 Telstra Business Awards finalists represent the highest achievers in Australian business. The Awards aim to celebrate the most innovative and entrepreneurial businesses across four categories, designed to recognise small to medium businesses in their respective fields.
Learn more about the 2018 finalists below – find out who they are, where they’re from and how they came to be ‘that’ business achieving even more in 2018.
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Nominations remain open year-round. However this year we’ll officially open the Telstra Business Awards nominations period on Thursday December 20.
Entrants complete a 90-minute multiple choice entry form to see how their business ranks against Australia’s best. The top performing businesses are invited to enter Phase 2 of the program.
There's still time to help us celebrate the achievements of yourself or someone you know. Nominations are open until 5PM AEDT Thursday March 7.
Entrants completed a 90-minute multiple choice entry form to see how their business ranked against Australia's best. The top performing businesses will be invited to enter Phase 2 of the program. Phase 1 entries close 5PM AEDT Thursday March 14.
“We champion progress not perfection. 28 provides an easy to follow structure that fits in with the busiest of lives. We show customers just how simple it is to make health a priority, then a habit.” Sam Wood, Founder
28 by Sam Wood is a fast-growing online fitness and nutrition program, having just celebrated its 2nd birthday. The program was developed by Sam Wood, a personal trainer with over 17 years’ experience in the fitness and wellness space, to help people lead a healthier, happier life.
“We strive to be the leading voice in healthy ageing and to spread a positive message to as many people as possible. Every day we change seniors lives for the better.” Dr Taylor Harrison, Founder
When Dr Taylor Harrison saw his grandfather join his local gym at aged 76 after a lifetime of no formal exercise, and the impact it had, he was inspired to help older Australians lead a better life by remaining active and healthy. In 2006, he opened Active Seniors Health Centre to provide exercise and health services for over-55s.
“We want to inspire women to live healthy and active lives by producing high quality activewear for all women, regardless of their shape, size or stage of life.” Stevie Angel, Co-Founder
Co-founders Stevie Angel and Nadia Tucker discovered that buying new active wear post pregnancy was a challenge and from there stemmed Active Truth, an online active wear company that caters to, and celebrates, all women regardless of their shape, size or stage of life.
“We want to provide the ultimate dark tourism experience to our guests – something that they will remember for their lifetime – and carry out this function in a factual, fun way.” Alison Oborn, Owner
Founder Alison Oborn has always been fascinated with the paranormal and has been active in heritage and tourism for over 25 years. In 2010, she found a way to bring her two passions together and Haunted Horizons was born. She now runs ghost tours, dark history excursions and paranormal investigations across South Australia’s most iconic haunted venues.
“There is more to someone’s financial well-being than just having a policy. We help clients become financially savvy to make the most of their current situation and make informed decisions.” Sean Osborne, General Manager
All Financial Services has been providing financial advice for twenty years within the NT and Australia, and has established a strong reputation in the Darwin and Katherine regions. The business strives to develop meaningful relationships with its clients by educating them and providing them with a living financial plan.
“Our focus is on helping clients to build better businesses which, in turn, helps them to live better lives.” Andrew Mattner, Director
Altitude Advisory is on a mission to help people build and run better businesses. From a suburban accounting practice over twenty-five years ago, the business has transformed to become a technology-led advisory company dedicated to giving business owners the focus, advice and tools they need to get their lives back.
“As a provider of performance equipment that enables sport horses to perform at their peak, we exist to help our riders and trainers to achieve their goals.” Jo Schneider, Director
Horse trainers, Animal Therapeutics Online, use the latest therapy equipment to ensure horses are prepared for competition enabling them to perform to the best of their ability and recover quickly.
“We have aligned the entire organisation around one mission: Doing great things for the client, for the consultant, for the company and for each other.” Victoria Kluth, Managing Director
Araza is a team of professional IT consultants, specialising in cloud computing, security, robotics and digital transformation solutions. Clients come to them when they decide to implement a new technology solution or they need help updating an existing system. Araza provides services for the implementation and maintenance of these systems.
“Arlo & Co isn't just a business, it's a belief that there must be a better way to preserve precious memories and give meaningful, quality gifts.” Gemma Holt, Founder
Husband and wife duo, Gemma Holt and Damian Moody launched online store Arlo & Co in 2014, in pursuit of a dream to create the best quality personalised products while building a business that nurtures family and community. They’re pouring their creative skills into producing an innovative style of Australian-made giftware and décor.
“Art Money empowers people to buy the art they love. It’s a win-win for buyers, galleries and artists, supporting culture and a sustainable creative economy.” Paul Becker, Founder & CEO
As an ‘artreprenuer’, Paul Becker believes a society that values culture and creativity is a more diverse, innovative and healthy society. With this in mind he founded Art Money, which makes art more accessible by allowing buyers to enjoy their artwork today and pay later, over 10 months, no interest.
“We know that by harnessing media and creativity with data, there is a better way to focus on the things that are important, and to reach audiences that have a high propensity to buy a product.” Tom Evans, Managing Director
Steering away from the traditional model of a media/advertising agency Audience Group Agency is a media agency that uses data points from target audiences to understand what messages are going to appeal to what audiences, often before the creative process even starts.
“It’s well known that there are not enough doctors in Australia. If we don’t fill the vacant shifts, the public could be at risk. Our business fills every possible shift requested because it is simply non-negotiable.” Jodi Duyster, Director
With an extensive network and knowledge of the medical industry, Australian Medical Placements (AMP) delivers the ideal medical recruitment solutions that meet clients’ staffing requirements by matching highly qualified doctors to short, long or permanent placements.
“We are self-organising social change makers leveraging Australian Red Cross knowledge and expertise toward those humanitarian outcomes that make our home a place of dignity, peace, safety and wellbeing for all.” Meg Geritz, Regional Manager
Since 1954, Australian Red Cross volunteers and staff have been part of the community of Katherine, listening and responding to humanitarian priorities in a unique context. From mental health through to river floods and advocating against domestic violence, the Red Cross helps tackle the issues the community identifies as most important.
"We strive to lead the audio-visual industry by creating memorable experiences for our clients and partners using the latest technology." Graham Evans, CEO
Founded in 1987, AVT helps organisations make the best technology decisions in order for them to teach, reach, collaborate and share ideas.
“Be Fit Food takes the guesswork out of healthy eating by providing Australians with scientifically formulated meals for improving overall health and well-being’’ Kate Save, CEO
Combining their weight loss industry expertise, bariatric surgeon Mr Geoffrey Draper and Kate Save, a dietitian, exercise physiologist and diabetes educator, created Be Fit Food as a food-based tool that could remedy chronic disease and enhance long-term health.
“It is the mission of Berry Springs Tavern to provide customers a special and personalised experience unique to our rural locality.” Leah Sloan, Owner
Berry Springs Tavern is a family-friendly semi-rural pub offering a comfortable dining experience in the outer Darwin region. Owners, Leah and Ian Sloan, pride themselves on the versatile venue they’ve created - from organising a 1.5kg ‘Parmageddon’ food challenge to inviting guests to visit their baby crocodile and emus.
“If people and businesses can communicate clearly, they have a greater chance of achieving their goals. We make this possible by giving everyone the opportunity to create engaging video content.” Tommy Fotak, Co-Founder
Biteable, was founded in 2014 with the mission to make studio-quality video – an increasingly standard form of communication – accessible to all. Thanks to intuitive design and high-end content, the company empowers people to make professional video content in minutes.
“The rise of digital has meant that buyers and customers are now more discerning and sophisticated than ever before. We help complex enterprises to accelerate people, process and technology change that lifts the customer experience and improves bottom-line performance.” Marty Nicholas, Managing Director
Blackdot exists to accelerate marketing, sales and service transformation.
“Our vision is to be Australia’s bookstore, and we’re achieving that by focusing on our customers and making them the centre of decisions and our ecosystem.” Tony Nash, Founder and CEO
In 2004, Tony Nash, Simon Nash and Steve Traurig began Booktopia as a side project on a $10 per day budget. With no external investment, they have turned Booktopia into one of Australia’s leading online retailers with revenue of $115 million, 160 staff and 4 million customers.
“I know the ease of breastfeeding is an important factor is sustaining the practice. That’s why I want to be the biggest online stockist of affordable stylish breastfeeding wear in Australia.” Verity Powell, Owner
When midwife Verity Powell had her first baby, she quickly realised most clothes had no access for breastfeeding. This was the motivation behind Breastfeeding Wear Australia. Run by a mum for mums, the brand sources everyday wear that makes it easier to breastfeed baby and stay fashionable.
“Our ability to genuinely assist youths in need attracts not only increased community interest, but also the involvement and partnership of others working in this space.” Justin Abrahams, Manager
Since 1979, the Bridgewater Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) has existed as an extension of Tasmania Police to support youths in the poorest performing community within Tasmania and one of the most disadvantaged in the country. Its vision is to engage, empower and support our youth and community to develop resilience and maximise opportunities.
“We have a mission to support Warningakalina women by strengthening values, knowledge, culture and community wellbeing. We want to inspire younger women in the community to achieve their dreams.” Serena Bara, Mentoring, Co-ordination and Projects
An all-women Indigenous-owned social enterprise based on Groote Eylandt, Bush Medijina is making a difference to the livelihood of local indigenous women of the Archipelago. Within its walls, knowledge is passed down from older to younger generations to harvest bush produce and make bush remedies for sale around Australia.
“Our vision is to be the ‘go-to’ place for mums who want to start a home- based business. With access to business education, mindset coaching, personal mentoring and a support network of other mums in business, we provide everything they need to succeed.” Florencia Pyke & Anna Jonak, co-founders
As a life coach, co-founder Anna Jonak had worked with mums to help them through the identity crisis they faced post-baby. She soon noticed a common theme of mums wanting to start something from home, but that they didn’t know where to start. Once she met experienced digital marketer and mum Florencia Pyke, who was passionate about teaching, they combined their complementary skill-sets to launch Business School For Mums.
“At Bx our mission is to help business owners grow their business for life through networking, community and education.” Matt Alderton, CEO and founder
In 2008, founder Matt Alderton was facing bankruptcy after a business partner defrauded him and his then business of over $500,000. After selling his family home and dissolving that business, Matt was determined to reignite his business career. In 2014, he launched BxNetworking for Business.
“Our focus is to minimise the incidence and impact of cancer on all Tasmanians. Their courage and resilience inspires us every day to continue with our efforts.” Penny Egan, Chief Executive Officer
Cancer Council Tasmania (CCT) is funded principally by the community. With over nine Tasmanians a day receiving a cancer diagnosis, it is focused on its mission to minimise the impact and incidence of cancer on all Tasmanians.
“We are challenging a stereotypical stale accounting and financial industry by providing business owners with the tools and resources to survive and grow.” Jamie Davison, Co-Founder
Co-founders, Jamie Davison and Nathan Hood, merged their bookkeeping and accounting businesses in 2014 to extend their current offerings. The pair bring an energetic focus to Carbon Group, creating change and initiating growth in their business, which is comprised of highly motivated and qualified specialists from accountants and bookkeepers to cloud consultants, financial planners, and finance and insurance brokers.
“We're enabling small and medium sized logistics companies to be competitive with the industry giants by developing easy-to-use cloud-based technology.” Vincent Fletcher, Co-Founder
CartonCloud was originally developed to save a refrigerated transport and warehousing company from bankruptcy. The business is now used by over 90 carriers and warehouses across Australia and New Zealand after new owners Nic Comrie and Vincent Fletcher solved the company’s key challenge, poorly managed administration and operation costs, with a new software solution.
“Charles Clinic Heart Care delivers comprehensive and innovative healthcare solutions to Tasmanian communities with some of the worst health outcomes in Australia.” Alistair Sherman, CEO
When Dr Geoffrey Evans arrived in Tasmania after working in the Northern Territory, he was shocked to see similar issues of poor cardiac health outcomes, especially in the state’s North West. His solution was Charles Clinic Heart Care.
“Coder College operates to give every child the confidence and skills essential for their future, by providing fun and exciting courses in coding.” Chris Deeley, Founder/CEO
After being approached by a number of parents who had been hearing about the importance of coding, computing teacher, Chris Deeley, came to the realisation that demand was far outweighing supply when it came to coding programs. Chris established Coder College to bridge this gap.
“Online conversion rate optimisation is both an art and a science. We help clients identify what is stopping their visitors from taking a desired action, develop solutions to solve, then scientifically test to provide validated recommendations.” Matthew Pezzimenti, Founder and Director
Founder Matthew Pezzimenti set out with a big vision: he wanted to build an agency which set the global standard for conversion rate optimisation (CRO). Since 2014, Conversion Kings has been helping clients improve their user experience for website visitors, generate more conversions online and ultimately improve profitability.
“We spotted an opportunity to completely change the way commercial buildings are maintained. Using big data, we are addressing the growing demand for building energy management services.” Chris Stamatis, Director
CopperTree Analytics Australia provides the commercial building market a software platform that helps lower carbon emissions and streamline building maintenance processes. By using Big Data, it wants to disrupt the traditional building industry.
“To survive in the saturated world of catering and make a profit, you have to stand out from the crowd by being the best of the best.” Nicholas Pinter, Sales and Marketing Manager
Established in 1994, Corporate Catering by Mr Cappuccino began as a mobile espresso bar and has grown into a multifaceted business. Mr Cappuccino now consists of multiple espresso bars located in government and commercial buildings, and wholesale food production kitchen preparing goods for its cafes and corporate catering service.
“I believe the essence of a successful business is having a vision, a dream for the future, sharing it with others and then having the confidence in your own ability and that of those around you to make it happen." Sue Chase, Managing Director
Cowell Electric Supply specialises in providing design, engineering, construction, operation and maintenance services in mining, oil and gas industries, renewable energy, defence and land subdivisions in remote and regional Australia.
“We are passionate about helping people with challenges enjoy a beautiful well-designed home, made just to suit their circumstances.” Justin Derksen, Director
When co-founder Justin Derksen read an article on the lack of quality housing in Tasmania, he believed that by building just a small portion of those houses, they would be able to reduce the housing need in the region. Crusader Homes is dedicated to helping the development of the Derwent Valley Region by creating low cost, quality housing with a dash of community mindedness.
“Our clinics and ear nurses are committed to setting the benchmark in high quality ear care management, by using the technique and treatment of micro-suction and aural hygiene.” Shelley Straw, Founder
While working at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Shelley Straw witnessed many patients waiting in the emergency department for ear wax removal. Seeing an opportunity to offer this as a service, Shelley opened her own nurse-led micro-suction ear clinic, Crystal Clear Ears in 2007, the first of its type in Australia.
“We aim to achieve significant impact as quickly as possible. Time is something that most people with brain cancer simply do not have.” Michelle Stewart, CEO, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation
More than 1,200 Australians die from brain cancer each year, many of them children and young adults. Just 20 per cent of people will survive for five years after diagnosis, a figure that has barely changed for more than 30 years. This is the inspiration behind the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.
“We see possibilities and are driven by pushing boundaries, working outside our comfort zones to create the unimagined for our client’s events. This is not a job for us. We do what we love.” Francesca Pavone, Director
Established 14 years ago by husband and wife Nick Gulino and Francesca Pavone, Dann Event Hire’s essence is creative, collaborative design. As a forward-thinking event hire company, they specialise in designing and manufacturing cutting-edge furniture, contemporary furnishings, feature lighting, hospitality equipment and marquee structures.
“Creating the world’s best data centre solution is the inspiration behind Datapod. We want to become the name synonymous with high-quality manufactured data centres worldwide.” Scott Carr, Managing Director
Canberra-based engineering firm Datapod is driving cost-efficiencies and reducing the environmental impact of data centre facilities with a modular design that can adapt to client’s specific needs. This unique approach helps clients reduce their capital risk and improve operational efficiency.
“Our mission is to revolutionise the furniture and homewares industry with an online solution that makes interior design truly accessible, intuitive and affordable for every Australian.” Emily Carding, co-founder
Designbx, an Australian business established in 2015 by three founding directors, Emily Carding, Kerena Berry and Kylie Pratt, has revolutionised the interior design industry by creating a unique service that offers traditional interior designer services but is exclusively online. With this new service, the founders believe that the barriers traditionally facing Australians are removed, and access to high quality professional designers is increased. The co-founders share a passion to improve the home and work environments of 1 million people by 2023.
“Pursuing our goal, to be the most sought-after boutique digital agency in Adelaide is a journey. Throughout that journey, we focus on delivering quality work. We never settle for ‘just OK’.” Sam Davies, Owner
Digital Noir is an Adelaide-based digital agency with a strong sense of purpose: They Give A Damn. Whether it be web design, app development or digital marketing, founder Sam Davies and his team focus on listening to their clients and providing a simple, stress-free service.
“Dignity is driven by a relentless passion to defeat the cycle of transience for people who do not have a safe place to call their own.” Ms Suzanne Hopman, CEO
Frustrated with the increasing rate of homelessness, Suzanne Hopman knew there must be a way to stop the problem from the outset. Her idea was Dignity, a charity focused on supporting people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness by providing shelter, food, clothing, advocacy and education.
“The Institute was established by leaders with disabilities, for leaders with disabilities to change the way leadership is understood.” Christina Ryan, CEO/Founder
People with disabilities have little presence in politics, high levels of business or government, or on ASX boards. And if they are, they are more often than not expected to only be experts in disability-related areas. Christina Ryan established the Disability Leadership Institute in 2016 to address this imbalance by offering coaching, training and connection to opportunities.
“We don't just sell e-bikes – we sell a lifestyle. Whether people have a heart condition, suffered terrible trauma or loss of limbs, we can help them ride again.” John Zanol, Director
When John Zanol saw the popularity of electric bikes in Europe, he decided to bring them to Australia, where they were relatively unknown. Since its inception in 2012, Dolomiti has been helping Australians, no matter their age, health or physical abilities, get on their e-bikes and enjoy the freedom, social, health and recreational benefits.
“We seek to enable clients to imagine, create and continuously improve their compliance management.” Matthew Browne, CEO/Co-Founder
While looking for a better way to manage the health and safety of their staff, Donesafe founders, Matthew Browne and Matthew Knee, couldn’t find a system that worked. They soon realised that together they had the capability to design a bespoke solution to solve this issue. Donesafe is a cloud-based workplace safety, wellness and mental health software solution designed to make every workplace safer.
“We endeavour to bring innovation, excellence and creativity to all the events we are engaged with. As a one-stop-shop for all things events in NT, we can accommodate the vast needs that other competitors cannot.” Chris O’Brien, Founder
Born out of desperate need to create an additional income stream, founder Chris O’Brien, progressively built up Dreamedia Events to what it is today. Working in almost every venue in Darwin and Uluru the business creates and produces many of the NT’s largest events such as national touring acts, festivals and sports events.
“When you get to see the change on a woman's face, in her posture, in her confidence, it is this lasting change that our services and people have made that inspires us.” Ms Ursula McGeown, CEO
There are around 100,000 unemployed women in NSW, with many struggling to get a job. Dress for Success Sydney and its network of support, professional attire and career development services, help women build confidence, get back on their feet and into the workforce.
"Aussie Manufacturing is a rarity these days and something to be celebrated, supported and protected. At Eagle Wools we are proud that we help more than 60 local WA manufacturers get their products into the hands and hearts of both locals and tourists alike,” Mrs Pamela Smith, CEO.
Inspired by fond childhood memories growing up on a farm, owner Pamela Smith wanted to re-connect people with the true Australia by selling iconic products in a distinctly Australian showroom. Embodying the values of family, mateship and hard work, Eagle Wools is a family business that has been hand-making Ugg boots, wool rugs, car seat covers and sheepskin products since 1979.
“Our aim is to reduce ear disease prevalence and upskill Aboriginal Medical Services and local health workers, so they can manage it at the community level in culturally safe and secure ways.” Paul Higginbotham, CEO and Co-Founder
Inspired by Ear Nose and Throat Specialist Professor Harvey Coates AO, who has spent a professional lifetime working in remote Aboriginal communities, Earbus Foundation exists to tackle the problem of Aboriginal children's poor ear health.
“We strive for excellence in wellness. By promoting preventative health strategies, we’re providing consultations that are better for our patients, the community, and our business.” Dr Catherine Douglass, Director
Since 2011, three energetic GP owners have created a multi-disciplinary health team. From a traditional cottage family practice to the largest 7-day medical centre servicing the Fremantle area, Ellen Health focuses on wellness.
“The inspiration for our designs is all about celebrating and inspiring other girls and women to be confident, happy and live their best lives.” Jessica Williamson, Managing Director / Founder
Inspired by her own personal experiences and love of the fashion and ecommerce industry, Ete Swimwear founder Jessica Williamson felt that there was a gap in the market for feminine and pretty swimwear, designed for a variety of body types. The business entered the market in 2016 with a showcase at New York Fashion week.
“As a 120-year-old retail store, our business makes a difference to the day-to-day lives of Queenstown locals as they can get most of what they need at their doorstep, at really competitive prices.” Adam Mansson, Managing Director
Evans IGA Supermarket is the longest serving family-owned retail business in Tasmania. Originally established by the Evans family in 1898, it strives to give the most enjoyable, unique grocery shopping experience to valued customers, while supporting and engaging the local Queenstown community.
“Our business has grown because of our commitment as innovative entrepreneurs to enable clients to grow and prosper through the maze of a fast, evolving media world.” Jo Scard, Managing Director
Fifty Acres is a full-service communications agency, headquartered in Canberra. Managing Director, Jo Scard, founded the agency after recognising that social enterprises, start-ups, entrepreneurs, creatives and small businesses often lacked the budgets, skills and resources to PR themselves.
“We believe we have succeeded in our mission when we observe people playing wilder and enjoying an outdoor lifestyle. Sharing in their successes and excitement reiterates what we ourselves love and how we ‘find our feet’.” Hanny Allston, Founding Director
Find Your Feet Australia is a multi-faceted independent company that is devoted to providing an exceptional retail experience and quality education to inspire the community to enjoy an outdoors lifestyle and ‘find their feet’.
“If we can make a difference through new and innovative technology or by simply ensuring equipment is well maintained and operationally ready for the next incident, then we have achieved our goal.“ Gary Ashwood, Managing Director
Fire Rescue Safety Australia (FRSA) aims to support the people who work on the front line protecting Australians. FRSA supplies firefighters, police officers, paramedics and officers in the Australian Defence Force, with specialist equipment to ensure they are able to support the community in any situation.
“We envisage a future where workplace flexibility is the norm, not the exception, and where both men and women are encouraged and supported to work flexibly.” Ms Natalie Goldman, CEO
Since 2015, FlexCareers has been championing flexibility as the future of work by connecting its community of 100,000 men and women with progressive employers offering flexible work. Motivated to address the lack of women in senior roles in corporate Australia and the barriers they face, FlexCareers also leads organisations to design and embed workplace flexibility as a way to help more women participate in the workforce.
“We see the environment changing, our seas becoming more polluted, animal species becoming extinct, and climate change becoming a real issue. This is the inspiration behind our business.” Ms Julie Mathers, Founder and CEO
In 2014, Flora & Fauna founder and passionate vegan Julie Mathers started her business with one clear mission: to be the most ethical retailer possible with the best customer service. Today, the online store sells over 4,500 products across organic and vegan skin care, make-up, body, home and lifestyle ranges.
“Hunger is often not just a food problem; it’s also a logistics problem. Without our food sourcing and distribution network, many hungry individuals would miss out on food.” Mr Gerry Anderson, CEO
Each year millions of kilograms of food go to waste in Australia, while 3.6 million Australians have experienced food insecurity in the last 12 months. Started in 1992, Foodbank provides a solution by capturing surplus food and delivering it to the people who need it most. In the 26 years since launching, Foodbank NSW & ACT (FBNA) is part of the largest food relief organisation in Australia.
“Our dietetics programs achieve greater results than traditional services. We help the older population improve their physical and mental health. Helping them achieve their goals in the short and long term” Tyson Tripcony, Managing Director
Each week, thousands of clients are helped by Fuel Your Life’s experienced dietitians to achieve their health and lifestyle goals. The team have a specific focus on providing convenient dietetic services to older members of the Australian community, including war veterans and those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
“It's more than just building new walls and putting in new doors. We transform a space and create new and inspiring environments for our clients to thrive and succeed.” Aaron Lowe, Co-Founder / Managing Director
Founded in 2010, Future Fitouts is a commercial fitout company that empowers businesses to transform work spaces into inspiring environments.
“We’re empowering Australians to invest their superannuation in line with their values to create a better future to retire into, while also democratising the clean energy revolution in Australia.” Kirstin Hunter, COO
Co-founders, Simon Sheikh and Adam Verwey, created Future Super 2014 as a way to influence Australia’s move towards a low-carbon environment. In just four years, the business has created a community of over 10,000 Australians who are actively using their super to help avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
“With news of some of Australia’s biggest brands making social media blunders, particularly after hours, we could see the need for a 24/7 community management solution to help clients manage their social presence.” Mr George Pappas, Director and Co-Founder
When George Pappas and George Photios saw social media becoming a serious channel consideration for brands, they jumped on the opportunity. In 2012, they launched G Squared, a digital marketing agency focused on social marketing and web design.
“Our aspiration is to provide life-changing pharmaceuticals and solutions for patients, by addressing unmet medical needs in hospitals and ambulance services.” Antony Condina, CEO
GD Pharma is a progressive speciality pharmaceutical company that develops and commercialises innovative drugs and drug delivery systems that improves a patient’s quality of life.
“We are exclusively dedicated to provide training for general practice, which is the cornerstone of successful primary health care and underpins population health outcomes.” Peter Harrison, CEO
Since 2002, General Practice Training Queensland has been providing training for general practice doctors to make a positive and sustainable difference to the health of south-eastern Queensland communities, including local Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders.
“We are driven by our desire to provide children with the same connection that we were afforded from living on farms throughout our childhood, while also contributing to the securing of our global food supply.” Simone Kain, Managing Director
When looking for inspirational farming stories for her son, Simone Kain discovered there wasn’t a children’s character telling stories about life on the land. So, she created George The Farmer with business partner Ben Hood, as a fun way of educating kids about farming practices and innovative careers in agriculture.
“To us, trade work is easy. But it’s our distinctive understanding of service that sparks brand loyalty and strong community understanding.” Glenn Rosen (Director) and Brad Rosen (Director)
Glenco is an Australian family-owned trade service business in Sydney, operating since 1988. Led by brothers, Glenn and Brad Rosen, the team provides high quality, reliable and professional trade services for electrical, air conditioning and security to the private, real estate, strata, commercial and industrial sectors.
“Our biggest achievement is watching our customers return to the dock with huge smiles on their faces, having experienced Canberra in a totally new way, and having shared it with the people they love.” Nick Tyrrell, Owner
Founded on the idea of creating a sustainable outdoor experience, GoBoat Canberra offers people the chance to enjoy boating on Lake Burley Griffin where they can chart their own adventure, hot drinks and grazing platters included.
“We have brought dance to at-risk youth, Indigenous communities, dementia sufferers, refugees and many other Australians to help spark global conversation and cultural understanding.” Vanessa Marian, Founder and Owner
Dancer, Vanessa Marian, has always been fascinated with street dance and the way it is born outside of the formal dance studio, often by oppressed people in reaction to political and socio- economic turmoil. In 2016, inspired to make the psychological and physical benefits of dance accessible to all walks of life, she founded the street dance organisation, Groove Therapy.
“Healthy eating and physical activity are the core motivators of our program. Our goal is to instil a lifelong love of exercise and movement in children.” Mrs Donna McColl, Co-Founder
While teaching a children’s dance class, Donna McColl was disheartened to see children struggling with easy movements because they were carrying too much weight. When she told her husband Cam McColl, then a children’s charity entertainer, he realised the same techniques used to brighten the lives of ill children could prevent illness in healthy children. With this philosophy guiding them, in 2007, the pair created Happy Feet Fitness.
“We want our protein powders to make women all over the world feel positive about their body and empowered to make an impact on their life.” Hien Nguyen, Co-Founder
Working as a personal trainer for over 15 years, Hien Nguyen would have many of his female clients asking for suggestions of protein powders as most formulas were designed for male bodies. After months of researching and gathering data, Hien and his co-founder Ben Germein, had a break through and created Happy Way protein powder.
“Our greatest achievement is becoming an integral part of the fabric of Launceston, bringing together food producers and the community, united by their love of fresh local food and drink.” Caroline Williamson, Market Manager
Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market is the brainchild of Jenny Edis, who was passionate about introducing the Launceston community to local food growers and makers, showcasing the breadth and quality of Tasmania’s wonderful produce. The market, running since 2012 has been celebrating and promoting authentic Tasmanian produce, with a distinctive Tassie flair.
“As a progressive technology organisation, we’re dedicated to advancing the capability of helicopter rotary-wing operations worldwide.” Will Shrapnel, Founder
Founded in 2002 by Will Shrapnel, HeliMods was built on an appreciation of, and a thirst to understand, the technical complexity and mission versatility of helicopters. As a technology company, it delivers innovative products and services for rotary-wing operations in Australia and around the world.
“Today’s approach to cybersecurity is every person for themselves. It is illogical in this environment. We all need to work together to improve our collective security.” Nick Ellsmore, Co-founder and Chief Apiarist
Established in 2015 by Craig Searle and Nick Ellsmore, Hivint is disrupting the cybersecurity market by designing a collaborative approach to addressing the threat of hackers with an entire online resource library based on real cases. The business helps clients improve their security and implement new security programs.
“We want our gym to inspire and educate our clients to become the best version of themselves through our step-by-step holistic approach. We help our clients live a fitter, stronger, pain-free life.” Karlene Dagg, Owner
More than just a gym, HK Holistic Health Klub offers lifestyle coaching focused on developing healthy habits through exercise, nutrition and expert advice. As the only training facility offering this holistic health approach to lifestyle change in the NT, the Klub helps clients set and smash new goals to live a healthier, longer and pain-free life.
“We believe in good people. We also believe in good beer. Our vision is to continue bringing the two together. Good beer with good people.” Brendan Parnell, General Manager
Hobart Brewing Company is on a mission to bring good beer back to the local community, and new life to an unloved corner of Hobart. As well as innovating with barrel-aged beers, the business collaborates with the local distilling, cider and food industries to create exciting beers with seasonal ingredients, such as apples, bacon and even maple syrup.
“We spotted a gap in the employment market for a truly consultative recruitment experience. Canberrans don’t want to be sold something. They want a partnership with a recruiter they can trust.” Simon Cox, Director
Believing the days of recruiters trading resumes found on SEEK for fees were numbered, the founders recognised that clients and candidates were crying out for a value-add, consultative approach. Candidates and clients want to know they have someone ‘in their corner’ when navigating the challenges of recruitment. HorizonOne seeks to bridge the gap between talent and opportunity through insight.
“My philosophy is to encourage dancers of all skills and levels and abilities to dance. I want to excite the hearts and minds of all the dancers who walk through my doors each week.” Michelle Williams, Owner
As an ambitious young dancer, Michelle Williams had to leave Tasmania to find professional training. Some years later, after a successful performing arts career, she returned with the mission to unlock opportunities for aspiring dancers in her home state. And so, House of Dance Tasmania was born.
“Our unique and highly innovative business model delivers exceptional value to our customers by providing beautifully crafted, timeless furniture that you can afford to love.” David Light, Co-Founder
Icon by Design provides timeless design, Scandinavian and Australian-inspired crafted furniture at affordable prices. After launching online in July 2015, the father-son business now has two store fronts – Sydney and Melbourne – as well as an online store with more than 250 furniture items. As they expand their product range, they strategically limit the range to 300 items to ensure they can remain true to the timeless design ethos, and adapt to market demand.
“We understand that the growth of our company and our ability to deliver exceptional services relies on our ability to continually innovate and bring that innovation to our clients.” Ms Lisa Read White, Managing Director
With Directors Lisa Read White and Alex White at the helm, Information Proficiency aims to be the market leader in the area of information management, software design and implementation. Established in 2011, the company is a proudly Australian owned and operated information management, technology and business services company with experienced and certified professionals throughout Australia.
“Our aim is to provide tools to improve access to quality, affordable health simulation. This in turn will help increase the quality of patient care.” Dr Anthony Lewis, Co-Founder
Intensive care paramedic Peter Mckie and anaesthetist Dr Anthony Lewis sought to solve the challenge of expensive simulation technology for medical education by converting ordinary iPads into world-class medical training devices.
“Dr Jean Hailes had a far-sighted vision to improve the quality of women's lives and give them practical information based on the best-available evidence. That vision continues to inspire us today.” Janet Michelmore AO, Executive Director
Jean Hailes for Women's Health is a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the knowledge of women's health throughout the various stages of their lives. Founded in 1990, the organisation reflects the enduring legacy of Dr Jean Hailes AM, who passionately advocated for women to understand the facts about their health.
“Our concept is based on a model seen in the US but never in Australia before: a paediatric occupational therapy clinic that specialised in the private treatment of children with attention and behavioural issues.” Joanna Buttfield, Founder and Executive Director – Clinical Operations
Kid Sense Child Development is one of South Australia's leading private providers of paediatric occupational therapy and speech pathology services to children with disabilities and developmental challenges.
“We are a team of marketers who love to help businesses reach their full potential. Our philosophy is to prioritise fun and create an enjoyable workplace for everyone, while still being successful. In fact, ‘having fun’ is part of our job descriptions.” Rob King, CEO
Founders Rebecca and Rob King strongly believe that if people spend so much time at work, they should enjoy it. Based in Launceston, Kingthing Marketing is helping small businesses navigate the ever-changing world of digital marketing, while creating a great place to work.
“We are 100% committed to prepare every dish from scratch with each element sourced from the best locally grown supplies.” Karis Silke, Functions Manager
In the town of Busselton on the doorstep of Margaret River, the Silke family felt that their town had no dining options with personable service, quality food and atmosphere. In May 2012, the family transformed a 100-year-old building originally a laundry and dry-cleaning business into a café known as Laundry café. The demand for our quality food and service grew to the point where we transformed the café into an award-winning restaurant now known as Laundry 43.
“We’re lawyers helping lawyers; we have firsthand experience with the complexities of legal tasks and we want to be the first port of call when the in-house staff need an extra hand.” Anthony Wright, CEO
Founded in 2015, lexvoco helps in-house lawyers succeed. The team of lawyers improve clients’ legal operations through designing new processes, simplifying workflows, developing strategies, analysing data, and benchmarking vendors. With the aim of ‘de-lawyering’ traditional legal tasks, lexvoco finds new ways of doing them.
“In the creation of the Life Portraits partnership, we took a risk by stepping away from our own personal businesses to collaborate and create something new and greater than its constituent parts.” Emily Clarke, Co-Owner/Partner
Stemming from very different demographic and generational backgrounds, photographers Andrew Jarvie & Emily Clarke merged their skills, knowledge and personalities three years ago to form Life Portraits. A photography business that specialises in commercial, family, weddings, fitness and beauty photoshoots as well as workshops to rural and metro parts of Australia.
“A major pain point for small businesses is invoice processing. We developed the technology that not only fixes the problem, but also keeps delivering benefits for them.” Robin Sands, CEO
Founded by Robin Sands and Sam Hassan, Link4 addresses a painful and daily issue for most SMBs: invoice processing. Link4’s vision is to be the number one invoice delivery choice for small and medium businesses, to help them save time and increase control over their cashflow.
“The inclusion of marine botanicals and Australian natives in our product celebrates the uniqueness of these ingredients and showcases what Australian spirits are all about.” Vanessa Wilton, co-founder and marketing manager
Founders and husband and wife duo, David and Vanessa Wilton were inspired by the successful craft beer scene and the success of Australian distillers who were receiving international recognition. Manly Spirits Co produces premium Australian handcrafted gins, vodka and whiskies by the stunning surrounding marine environment of the New South Wales coastline.
“Sewing is my passion and creative outlet. I want to continue to share that passion and extend my reach to more women around the world by teaching them how to sew.” Maree Pigdon, Business Owner
Maree Pigdon began sewing at just six years old and quickly developed expert skills. She turned that passion into a business when she launched the Maree Pigdon Sewing Centre in 1978. Four decades on, the centre continues to provide sewing classes, creative workshops and expert sewing tuition for students of all skill levels.
“Marketing Melodies lives and breathes music. We know that music has the ability to transport us to a time and place, to affect mood and behaviour, and move us.” Dean Cherny, Founder & CEO
Unleashing the power of music for brands, Marketing Melodies provides in-store music solutions and digital signage to over 4,500 retail stores across Australia. It combines an intrinsic understanding of music with a customised approach that matches the tastes and aspirations of the customers to the retail brand.
“When hope intersects with observable science; we are big enough to effect change, yet small enough to reach the one focus for every man, woman and child.” Rochelle Masters, Clinical Psychologist and Managing Director
In 2012, Clinical Psychologist Rochelle Masters, read the ‘Mental Health Strategic Policy to 2020’ which set out priority areas for reform. She set out to personally fund and facilitate exceptional models of care addressing rising community mental health need.
“We are focused on using the best available local ingredients and growing the local demand for an Australian-made Miso and other Japanese food products.” Meagan de Bono, Co-Founder
Chris & Meagan de Bono founded Meru Miso in Melbourne in 2015, with the intention of creating an authentic fresh miso the whole world could enjoy. Today, they are based in Tasmania and are continuing to pioneer the commercial production of miso in Australia.
“Unless insight inspires action, then it has no value. That’s why everything we do at Metrix is designed to inspire creative solutions to business problems.” Marquis Pohla, Founder and Managing Director
Metrix Consulting’s founder Marquis Pohla believes that, with an explosion of information and fragmentation of marketing channels, marketing today is tougher than ever. With the goal to help marketers connect the dots, in 2009, he founded Metrix Consulting.
“We take pride in delivering tailor-made security solutions while being approachable and in tune with the unique needs of this beautiful city we call home.” Maria Lin, Director
In 2015, Maria Lin took over Millennium Security & Alarms Services, which provides security personnel, patrol services, concierge and tailored electronic solutions to government and private sector clients. She has transformed the stagnated company into a profit-generating success committed to protecting the NT people and assets through value-added services.
“Our dedication to safety has seen MineARC Systems become a global trailblazer in the manufacture and supply of emergency refuge chambers used in the underground mining, tunnelling, chemical processing and disaster relief industries.” Dion Smith, Sales and Marketing Director
The first MineARC refuge chamber was built in Perth in 1999, featuring the worlds very first combined CO/CO2 Scrubbing System. These chambers provide trapped miners with breathable air, free of dangerous gases, extending survivability from hours to days. Previously, corporations used chambers such as sea containers with no cooling, no gas detection and no protection, which were more like coffins than safe havens.
“Our goal is to support Aboriginal people living with Machado-Joseph Disease stay stronger for longer, have good lives, and participate in their community to remain part of their culture, and meet their kinship obligations.” Nadia Lindop, CEO
Founded by Groote Eylandt traditional owners as a grassroots organisation, the MJD Foundation works in partnership with Aboriginal Australians, their families and communities living with Machado-Joseph Disease to provide comprehensive supports and engage in research providing hope for the future. Machado-Joseph Disease (MJD) is a hereditary neuro-degenerative condition.
“We strive to become the most trusted service provider for construction, maintenance, refurbishment and remediation across Australia. We build long-term relationships with our clients by servicing all stages of the building lifecycle.” Callan Cox, Managing Director
Managed by third-generation builder, Callan Cox, Mykra is a family-owned business delivering high-quality construction and maintenance services, drawing on six decades of building expertise.
“Understanding that machinery & plant downtime is expensive for business. Northtrack is committed to reducing it by way of preventative maintenance and ethos of getting you back online as soon as possible.” Darren Diwell, Director
Northtrack Machinery is a marine and industrial mechanical company specialising in preventative maintenance and technical services. With over 16 years of field experience, founder Darren Diwell recognised the need to provide these services locally so businesses could avoid the expense of fly-in-fly-out speciality technicians to maintain their vehicles and boats.
“We work hard to ensure everybody has an equal place within the community. We work with other organisations, groups and individuals to create a strong, inclusive and thriving community.” Stephanie Ransome, Executive Officer
Situated in Katherine, NT Friendship & Support or NTFS is a not-for-profit organisation offering support for people in the Territory. NTFS offer foster, respite and emergency care for children, a range of services for people with disability within Katherine, Alice Springs and Communities, support for seniors at risk of isolation, supported training, employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
“We help provide families with some time out, an escape from daily life, out in the unique bush and surroundings we are so fortunate to have on our doorstep.” Dr Inga Macfarlane, Business Owner
NT Powersports is a one-stop shop for everything powersports, giving people living in rural Darwin what they need to ride, race and explore. Stuck in a fly-in-fly-out lifestyle, former UK motocross champion Scott Macfarlane and his wife, Inga, bought the existing powersports business in 2014, to be more present for their young family.
“We’re passionate about creating interactive spaces to allow kids to play in. Our variety of sporting equipment also helps keep the wider community active and healthy.” Robert Fleming, Managing Director
Kids will be kids, and NT Sports and Playground Surfacing is allowing them to be just that as it supplies and installs high-quality playground equipment and sports facilities. The team of six has built over 170 parks, laid more than 8,400 metres of synthetic grass and erected over 60 sun shades.
“Our market continues to change and evolve as we bring like-minded businesses together to trade with us. The variety of old and new stallholders every month, keeps our market alive and diverse.” Anthony Niravong, Director
The Old Bus Depot Markets hosts a variety of small business stallholders and has been a launching pad for local retailers, producers and artists, to allow them to gain enough traction to launch their own ventures, whether that be a storefront or an album.
“We believe in the power of open communication and transparency. This restores people's faith in the real estate agent and industry, resulting in a better relationship into the future.” Mr Peter Gibbons – Managing Director
In 2017, some real estate agents & an app developer came together with a mission to restore trust and transparency in the property sales process. Their solution is Openn Negotiation, an online purchasing platform designed to be transparent and fair for both buyers and sellers.
“At the heart of our identity and culture is an absolute commitment to exceed our customers’ needs and expectations.” Jonathan Dwayre, Owner/Managing Director
Orbitz Elevators is an elevator and escalator service provider that has grown to be a multimillion dollar company in three years. It aims to change the perception of elevator service providers by truly understanding customer expectations and addressing them with solutions that directly caters to their needs and requirements.
“Our Community creates social change directly, but perhaps more powerfully, we empower Australia's 600,000 not-for-profits to create effective change too. That's a powerful engine for good.” Denis Moriarty, Founder & Group Managing Director
The seven social investors behind Our Community recognised that while community not-for-profit organisations are well-loved, they are often not well-supported. So, in 2000, Our Community was established to provide advice, connections, training and easy-to-use tech tools for people and organisations working to build stronger communities.
“We create value for our customers by using products that can be used repeatedly like building blocks. Our system is completely modular, meaning clients can adapt the size and shape of their event booths as needed.” Tom Meredith, Director
Fuelled by their passion for the exhibition industry, Tom Meredith and David Coulthard took a leap of faith and started Outstanding Displays, after discovering a gap in the market for large scale, visually appealing and affordable custom exhibition displays.
“Pachamama's hope is that our business serves as a lighthouse shining a beacon across early education and childcare, providing a light with which others can choose to navigate.” Mrs Kristen McPhail, co-founder and director
Inspired by the ancient Incan ‘Mother Earth’, Pachamama aims to become a home-away-from-home for children; a creative natural environment in which they can learn life skills and form trusting relationships. With two rapidly growing childcare centres in the Perth Hills, Pachamama uses art and nature to encourage younger generations to 'think outside the square'.
“We strongly believe in keeping this beautiful sandal at the forefront of fashion and will always use local craftsmen in Menorca to hand-make them.” Gemma Taylor & Jenny Sewell, Co-founders
When sisters-in-law, Gemma Taylor and Jenny Sewell, discovered the Palmaira Sandals business in the UK, they knew instantly that the artisan style and heritage of Avarca sandals would take off in Australia. So, in 2014, they brought the sandals home and experimented with unique designs, colour and fabric combinations to suit the Australian market. Palmaira Sandals Australia was born.
“Visitor numbers to the park are constantly growing, meaning that we have to grow and evolve with them to ensure our customers have an unforgettable experience.” Mark Evans, Director/Custodian of Paronella Park
The heritage-listed Paronella Park was built in the 1930s by Jose Paronella, a Spanish immigrant whose dream was to create a pleasure garden for visitors to enjoy. With over 7,500 tropical plants and trees, the lush rainforest boasts a 1930s castle, picnic areas by the waterfalls, tennis courts, bridges, and guest accommodation.
“We offer hundreds of courses as well as bespoke programs to ensure that we are able to provide our clients with the hands-on training they need to thrive in their business.” Curtis Chappell, Director of Marketing
PD Training is a global training and professional services company based in Australia. It empowers thousands of small, medium & large enterprises around the globe to achieve their business goals through professional development and training.
“We focus on delivering disruptive cybersecurity capability to solve tomorrow's digital challenges. Our team can identify and solve the hard problems that others haven’t been able to unlock.” Matthew Wilson, CEO
Canberra-based cybersecurity firm Penten focuses on two core areas: enabling government users to access classified information on mobile devices and tricking and trapping attackers with realistic decoys using machine learning.
“Our mission is to be at the centre of excellence for feline veterinary care in Perth and to advocate for cat health and welfare.” Dr Martine van Boeijen, Founder
During her career as a vet, Dr Martine van Boeijen realised that many cats failed to receive the same high level of care as other pets, such as dogs. Motivated to make a difference, she focused her career on feline medicine and, in 2016, opened the doors to Perth Cat Hospital.
“We firmly believe that holistic healthcare must encompass a range of professionals with differing skill sets, yet a shared end goal: amazing client health outcomes and experiences.” Peter Flynn, Co-Director
Physio Fit Adelaide is on a mission to change the healthcare experience for the better. Starting as a physiotherapy clinic in 2014, the business now offers a multi-discipline experience of physiotherapy, podiatry, remedial massage therapy, strength and conditioning, body composition and sports bio-mechanical analysis – all under one roof.
“PlantSensors was established from day one to help fellow scientists worldwide. We get our sense of achievement from the success of their projects.” Lily Zhong, Owner and Manager
Established in 1999, PlantSensors supplies scientists and research organisations with specialist electronic sensors to help them understand the global environment and improve horticultural and forestry productivity. Former CSIRO Senior Technical Officer Lily Zhong started the business to fulfil the need for highly specialised scientific instruments for a small community of several thousands researchers.
“We run a genuine sale that everyone can afford. I love seeing people leave our pop-up sales with a smile on their face, knowing that they have saved.” Ms Michelle Young, Founder and Owner
Business owner, Michelle Young, started POP UP Cosmetics in 2016 after a trip to the United States where she was shocked at how much consumers pay for cosmetics in Australia. Utilising empty retail spaces for pop up sales, the business gives consumers across Australia the opportunity to access high quality brand name cosmetics at affordable prices.
“Our commitment to take on what no other organisation seeks to do – streamlining public hospital costing and billing functions – and our constant focus on customer retention and R&D, has enabled our business to thrive for two decades.” Patrick Power, Managing Director
Established in 1995, PowerHealth is a global healthcare software partner, offering products to optimise efficiency and productivity in hospitals and other healthcare organisations.
“We seek to not only help individuals deal with their immediate injury or trauma, we want to show them how to become healthier and happier and be a positive influence on those around them.” Nives Matkovic, Founder
ProActiv People Solutions was established in 2006 to provide a holistic approach to the provision of injury management services. The business not only returns people to work, it also restores them to the community and empowers them to be active participants in their world.
“That we have achieved 100 consulting staff in just three years signals that our hard work, understanding of our clients, track record of delivering excellent value on every engagement and relentless focus on being Canberra’s best place to work has paid off.” Greg Sly, Executive General Manager
Since starting out in 2015, Projects Assured has relentlessly pursued one vision: to be Canberra's premier management consultancy and best place to work. The fast-growing consultancy works tirelessly to solve its clients’ most challenging business problems and deliver high quality outcomes in the public sector.
“We set out to change the way the property management industry traditionally performs its daily work, by providing solutions to common pain points: staff turnover, admin inconsistencies and scalability.” Tiffany Bowtell, Director
Property Management Virtual Assistant helps property management and real estate agencies save thousands per year on their fixed operating costs by reducing their back-office admin. It frees up the agencies’ time to focus on delivering quality service to their landlords and tenants.
“People with end-stage renal failure now have hope, families are reunited, and traditional owners can look after their country. We’re not just saving people, we’re saving a way of life.” Sarah Brown, CEO
By incorporating western medicine and Indigenous concepts of caring and wellbeing, Purple House provides a whole new model of care for dialysis patients in remote Australian communities. The business offers an in-community service for which people would otherwise have to dislocate to regional centres , hundreds of kilometres, away from their country and homes.
“What motivates us and fuels our passion for work and life is contributing in a very real way towards building a better society through better thinking.” Dr Samantha Crompvoets, Director
Rapid Context was founded in 2015 to give people a sophisticated way to think about issues facing their organisations. By providing rapid delivery of in-depth research and analysis, the business helps organisations to develop and implement change, policies and programs.
“Around 86% of our customers are international and travel up to 10,000km to experience the beauty of the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef. We take their once-in-a-lifetime experience very seriously.” Julie Telford, Co-Owner
Red Cat Adventures is a new, rapidly growing, family operated marine tourism business, owned by Julie and Asher Telford, offering visitors from around the globe ‘the adventure of a lifetime’ as they explore the spectacular Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef.
“We are relentless in our focus on authenticity, nurturing connections and being ethical across our business. We believe that people matter, that ethical farming matters, and that being kind matters.” Melissa Goffin, Co-Owner
Red Gum BBQ is a barbecue and beer hall in the heart of Red Hill, Victoria, with a long history of commitment to this Southern-style cuisine. In the 900 square meter converted Truck Mechanic’s warehouse, visitors are invited to sit at communal tables while owners Melissa and Martin Goffin deliver authentic slow-cooked Southern American dishes.
“Our goal is to be the largest and most professional family-owned commercial stockfeed company in Australia, while providing security of employment for our teams, an enjoyable place to work and ever-increasing profitability for our customers.” Rosli Reid, Founder
Faced with a large debt after a year of drought and high interest rates, the Reid family realised that they needed to diversify their business to save the farm. After an initial investment of $7,000, 30 years later, they are now the largest family-owned manufacturer and supplier of dairy and intensive animal stockfeed in the state.
“We as Territorians are dedicated to delivering high quality concrete and infrastructure solutions to our clients, through safe, sustainable and reliable practices, and continuing to encourage local employment and upskilling within our community of Northern Australia”. Jared Baldwin, Owner
Remote Concrete NT specialises in batch concrete, bulk hauling and pumping concrete to projects throughout Central and Northern Australia. Operating from their own quarries, they are a vital part of the community providing over 250 job opportunities since their inception in 2012.
“We’re disrupting the legal industry to inspire a change to the traditional way family law matters are negotiated to reduce the impact it is having on couples and families.” Rose Cocchiaro, Director and Solicitor
Resolve Divorce was created out of the need to improve the way couples and families experience divorce in Australia and to help lessen the impact.
“Launching Rhuby Innovations was the culmination of more than two years of research and development, following an instinct that the combination of rhubarb and chocolate would be a success that had the potential to grow.” Malcolm Ryan, Owner/Manager
Founder of Rhuby Innovations, Malcolm Ryan, began growing an extraordinary variety of rhubarb over three years ago on his family farm. Typically perceived as an old-fashioned product, the business strives to make rhubarb ‘retro’ and new again, with its range of freeze dried, chocolate coated products.
“We prioritise caring about our land as a valuable resource and are constantly looking to find new ways to co-exist and protect our environment.” Julie-Ann Murphy, Co-owner
Rum Jungle Organics is a regenerative organic farm, using natural farming methods to improve the fertility of the soil, foster biodiversity and recycle essential nutrients to ensure the growth of quality food. Specialising in bananas and pawpaw, the farm sits on a 26-hectare property and has been a strong leader since starting out in 1999.
“Breaking the mould of traditional video production is the reason for doing what we do. We want to create a positive culture that opens the doors of possibilities. One where we empower our clients, our people and our stories.” Jared Nicholson, Co-Founder
Run Wild Productions is the brainchild of independent filmmakers Scott Baskett and Jared Nicholson, who have brought together their experiences and creativity to create meaningful video content.
“We work to strengthen the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sectors by supporting a diverse and flourishing sector and advocating for robust public and private investments.” Kylie Walker, CEO
Science & Technology Australia (STA) is the country’s peak body in science and technology, providing a strong and influential voice for more than 70,000 Australian scientists and technologists working across science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). STA aims to advance the role, reputation and impact of the sector across the nation.
“We want to inspire, educate and advocate for a barefoot natural approach for horses around the globe, changing 1500 years of tradition. Our Scoot Boots allow horses to virtually go barefoot, an option that is much suitable to their overall health.” David MacDonald, Creator
Scoot Boots is the only Australian manufacturer of protective equine hoof boots. Creator and Co-Founder Dave MacDonald has been working with horses as a trainer and farrier for 30 years, so he knows the benefits of hoof boots, which are designed to allow horses to forgo the steel shoe.
“We aim be the best epilepsy management service in the world. This will be a starting point for achieving a much greater vision: improved health for everyone, everywhere.” Dean Freestone, Managing Director
Epilepsy is the most common chronic neurological disorder in the world. Seer Medical, founded by researchers in 2016, is transforming the way doctors diagnose patients with neurological, cardiac and sleep disorders.
“Sensum has a mission to disrupt the status-quo within traditional construction industries. We are delivering projects that positively impact the lives of others.” Nick Strongman, Chief Executive Officer
Sensum provides a unique and personalised project management service to clients in the construction industry. With the business growing rapidly, they continue to expand their service offerings, including program management, prefabrication & modular construction expertise and consultant services.
“By shifting the stigma around addiction, we are making the community a part of the solution and involving them in the process of helping men live productive lives.” Mr Peter Lyndon-James, CEO
After 26 years in a world of addiction and crime, Peter Lyndon-James discovered how to live a life free of addictive behaviour and substance abuse. In 2012, he started Shalom House to help other men do the same. With 140 residents at present, Peter says their greatest achievement is seeing men’s lives change, watching children restored to their parents, and husbands restored to their wives.
“Share the Dignity began with the simple premise of collecting and distributing sanitary items and has grown to support women at all stages of their journey.” Rochelle Courtenay, Founder
When founder Rochelle Courtenay heard about the plight of homeless women who couldn’t afford sanitary items, she decided there and then to make a difference. Share the Dignity is on a mission to restore self-worth to homeless and at-risk women and children by ending period poverty in Australia.
“Our mission is to revolutionise how things are sent between people, everywhere. We’re redefining the way we ship and receive the things we love and need, improving customer experiences globally.” Robert Hango-Zada, Co-Founder, Director
A missed delivery of a vacuum cleaner caused founders, Rob Hango-Zada and William On, to question the underlying factors behind missed deliveries. This led them on a journey of discovery to uncover inefficiencies in how retailers interact with logistics providers. Shippit aims to revolutionise delivery experiences for retailers, providing a platform that saves them time, money and keeps their customers engaged and happy.
“We established Skipper Care to help people with a disability develop stronger living skills to increase their independence, and make sure that they can live a fulfilled, meaningful life”. Rebecca Skipper, CEO
Skipper Care is a family-focused disability support provider, specialising in arranging carers for those who need it. Founders Rebecca Skipper and Kagan Skipper, have built the business with an understanding around the challenges and rewards involved when caring for someone with a disability.
“We are increasingly being seen as the authority to turn to for organisations seeking to undertake a transformation of how they implement and use energy.” Mr Huon Hoogesteger, CEO and Founder
Frustrated by the inconsistent adoption of solar energy at a commercial level in Australia, Huon Hoogesteger started Smart Commercial Solar with a vision to improve the way commercial solar energy is designed, installed, provisioned and monitored.
“It’s time we change the way consumers, builders, architects, the community and government think about windows and doors.” Karen Porter, Owner
Solace Creations was established in 2006 when owner, Karen Porter, saw a gap in the market after looking to buy good quality double-glazed windows and doors for her home. Since then, the company has helped Canberra builders, renovators and home owners save money on energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint with double-glazed windows and doors.
“Our vision is to deliver the best health, safety and injury management systems in Australia.“ Glen McIvor, Founder
Founded in 2009, Solv Solution was started by Glen McIvor and a business partner from a spare room at a friend’s house. Nine years later, the business is driving simple and effective workplace health and safety management for some of Australia’s smartest companies.
“We believe in empowering people to stay healthy, active members of their community. We are locals caring for locals, helping our communities enjoy the life they want to live.” Emily Dunn, Community Relations Manager
In 1970, a group of passionate community representatives saw a gap in the care and support available for the ageing and vulnerable people living in rural and regional parts of South East Tasmania. Developed by three nurses working out of their cars, today South Eastern Community Care (SEC Care) has over 120 staff and volunteers who provide care and support to over 900 clients living independently in their homes.
“Speech Pathology for Schools wants to build social and oral language skills early in life so every child can engage in society and thereby reduce the risk for antisocial behaviour in adolescence.” Mala Ferdinando, Director
Speech Pathology for Schools (SPS) was created by Mala Ferdinando, who drew on her 20+ years’ experience working in the industry when launching the business. SPS provides holistic school-based speech pathology support, working collaboratively with schools to improve student outcomes. School data, along with speech pathology data, is used to target support and monitor progress.
“Quality isn't just a word we use to describe the standard of our work or the materials we use. It is a word that runs through every aspect of our business: from the first contact a customer has with us through to the level of respect we show to our construction and collaborative partners.” Stuart Spencer, Business Operation Manager
Spencer Constructions was established in July 2012 by Benjamin Spencer as a carpentry business. It completes a range of projects including innovative residential and commercial building, from small renovations to architecturally designed new homes and new developments across south-east Queensland.
“We deliver the results needed today, and are on track to deliver the demands created by the rapidly growing and evolving sponsorship industry of tomorrow.” Mark Thompson, Managing Director
SponServe is a cloud-based rights-management platform for sponsorship professionals which started in Canberra but since spans Australasia, Europe and the USA. It provides a way of tracking and measuring sponsorship relationships for brands and rights owners including the English Premier League, the English FA, Williams F1 and AS Roma in Italy.
“We believe that by re-using and recycling our much-loved baby and children’s gear, we not only share the joy of motherhood – we save the Earth’s precious resources.” Jessica Macpherson, CEO
In 2009, five St Kilda Mums came together to repurpose their much-loved kids’ gear. Nine years on, their organisation, with further branches in Geelong and Ballarat has rehomed over 150,000 prams, cots and car restraints and provided nearly 50,000 children with quality clothing for school. Since then, St Kilda Mums have launched a mobile app to safety check nursery equipment.
“We exist to provide a solution for bike owners that makes it easier to store and access their bikes. Anything that encourages bike participation is a positive for society.” Mr David Steadman, CEO and Founder
Frustrated with trying to get his car into a garage cluttered with his family’s bikes, David Steadman started looking for a way to store a bike on the wall without awkwardly lifting it onto a hook. Five years and several prototypes later, Steadyrack was born. With a unique patented design based on cradling the front wheel and pivoting from side to side, Steadyrack provides an easy-to-use, space-saving solution for both personal and commercial bike parking and storage.
“We focus on engaging kids of all ages to foster a love of problem solving, a passion for science, understanding the world around us and the world we need to prepare for.” Steven Liddell, Director
Street Science is on a mission to create the next generation of scientists for the future of Australia. Since 2012, the science education program has made an impact on over 500,000 students and community members through school workshops, community events, science festivals and collaborations.
“We focus on helping people help themselves. We believe this sets us apart from some larger social change organisations as we are addressing the root cause of issues, such as self-confidence.” Nicole Hard, General Manager
Not-for-profit community organisation, Suited to Success, originally set out to help disadvantaged women transition back into the workforce by providing outfits and support for job interviews. Four years later, by popular demand, it expanded to also provide services for men and anyone undergoing gender transition.
“I am continually inspired by the dedication and ingenuity of the Synergy team, who go above and beyond all expectations, to ensure our goals are aligned with our clients' objectives.” Andrew Reardon, CEO
From humble beginnings over a decade ago, Synergy Resource Management, provides a comprehensive range of contracting services specialising in civil construction, demolition, and environmental contamination remediation industries.
“Body art can help clients express themselves or make them feel whole again after life-changing medical procedures like a mastectomy. It’s important to make tattoos more accessible to clients from all backgrounds, which is why we provide a clean-cut service.” Peter Bone, Founder, Owner and Operator
Tatts On Tatts Off (TOTO) is an independent, full service tattoo studio which provides creative and detailed tattoos and body piercing, but also tattoo removal, for those moments you’d rather forget. Founder, Peter Bone, also provides a free service for breast cancer survivors for realistic nipple tattooing.
“Our interactive entertainment courses are practical, career-focused and delivered by industry experienced teachers in a creatively-demanding studio environment.” Vicki De Margheriti, CEO
The Academy of Interactive Entertainment's (AIE's) vision is to be the premier 3D animation, visual effects and computer games educator in Australia and globally, through the development of innovative courses and product development.
“We believe that if we apply the same level of Investment and rigour to social innovation as we do commercial innovation, our country and all of its people would live better lives.” Carolyn Curtis, CEO
Formed in 2009 as an initiative of the South Australian Government, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) is now an independent not-for-profit organisation working on projects & initiatives across Australia. Bringing together a unique and diverse team of people from all over the world, the staff at TACSI are all united in their commitment to developing new and better ways to build social and economic prosperity for all.
“We believe that access to, and engagement with, post-school education and career opportunities should be a level playing field no matter which school, location or circumstance you come from.” Miss Samantha Devlin, Co-founder
Sarah Warmoll and Samantha Devlin recognised that most high school students don’t know what they really want to do after school, and their teachers struggle to help. As a solution, in 2015, they created The Footnotes, a digital, print and face-to-face brand that engages students in conversations that will help them bridge the gap between high school and life after.
“Your career success should not come at the cost of shared success in your personal and family life. Our definition of success is waking up every day doing what you love and doing it well.” Barry Magliarditi, CEO and Founder
Based in Perth, The Game Changers is a team of business coaches on a mission to activate every person’s potential, so they can experience life beyond their wildest dreams. This team of business and educational training specialists offer executive solutions focused on scalability, leadership and culture, as well as SME-specific coaching.
“The impact on children being taken into care is severe and long-term. We are providing a solution to a community need which is driving social change.” Bronwyn Sheehan, Founder
The concept for the The Pyjama Foundation was born when founder, Bronwyn Sheehan, met a baby boy in the foster care system who was frightened and clinging to his foster carer. The foundation works with volunteers to empower children in foster care with the life skills and confidence they need to change the direction of their life.
“We believe that by showcasing local food and beverages, we are giving locals and visitors to the region an education on what Geelong and the Bellarine have to offer.” Robin Tchernomoroff, Director
The Q Train is unlike any other fine-dining restaurant in Australia. Diners travel a scenic return journey between Drysdale and Queenscliff on board renovated Sunlander Carriages. The delicious six-course degustation is cooked on board the train, with diners encouraged to wander through the kitchen and see the team at work.
“We're a group of specialists; a team of people with deep expertise and a sense of fun, who deliver lasting and transformational change with predictability and speed for our clients.” Melissa Bell and Cornelis Scheepers, Founders and co-Managing Directors
The Terrace Initiative is an advisory, delivery and technology firm specialising in large-scale transformational change programs. Founded by Melissa Bell and Cornelis Scheepers, the Terrace team of consultants empower clients by combining data with leadership to drive transformation at the speed and scale necessary for multinationals to remain leaders in their industry.
“Every design project we work on, every single day, is selected because of its capacity to make the world a better place.” Dr Nina Terrey, Global Partner
ThinkPlace is a strategic design consultancy specialising in designing for public good within complex systems. It started in 2005 when former public service executive John Body saw the potential for a company that applied design thinking and a process of co-design to solve complex problems within the public, private and humanitarian sectors.
“Our team’s multidisciplinary expertise combined with widespread experience working in regional centres across Northern Australia is the foundation of our success.” Elena Madden, Owner
Drawing on a long history of working in the Territory, True North Strategic Communication provides clients with communication and community engagement, media relations, marketing and professional writing advice and services that make an impact. With offices in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs, the team of 12 local Territorians prides themselves on their local knowledge.
“Many businesses know that they have to manage their risks and provide a safe workplace, but don’t know where to start or think it will be expensive. We’re here to debunk those myths.” Ms Anita Slight, Founder
Working in health and safety all her life, Anita Slight realised that many small and medium sized businesses were struggling with the basic risk and safety requirements. In 2007, she launched Ultimate Safety Solutions Australia (USSA), a health, safety and risk management consultancy with one goal: to help businesses implement simple, sustainable safety processes.
“Our goal is to be the 'Ultimate Business Hub' where business owners can get advice on not only taxation, but the real advisory needs they require to grow their business.” Mr Bobby Serval, Managing Director
Perth accountant Bobby Serval believed that business owners weren’t getting true value from their accountants and that there was no desire to understand their business issues and goals to help them grow. To fill this gap, he established Ultimate Tax & Advisory, a boutique accounting and business advisory firm.
“We search for untapped opportunities to develop and tackle complex industry problems through the integration of technology and innovation, while keeping things simple for our customers.” Mr Stephen Inouye, Managing Director
New national security legislation requiring background checks on people working on offshore oil and gas facilities and at major Australian ports led Stephen Inouye to establish Veritas in 2006. Today, Veritas is Australia’s largest provider of specialised federal background checks in the maritime, offshore, and aviation industries.
“We want to see a world where every person, no matter what they earn or where they live, can feel protected and have the basic legal knowledge they need to live happy, meaningful lives.” Katie Richards, CEO
Lawyer Katie Richards started Virtual Legal in 2013 to address the massive social issue of up to 85% of the population being unable to access legal help.
“Accountants tend to follow a certain process because it’s always been done that way. We encourage our team to always examine the way we do things and strive to find a better solution.” Thomas Boyd, Partner
Canberra-based business Vivid Accounting was established in 2015 by Chartered Accountants James Watt and Thomas Boyd. The firm heroes the principles of transparency and innovation and is a departure from the ‘charge for every minute’ mantra of other firms.
“Walk With Wings started with one child, Harrison, who grew his wings too soon, and now helps to save many premature babies’ lives each year and support affected parents.” Kerry Norris, Co-Founder
Run by dedicated volunteers with all services free of charge, Walk With Wings offers support for parents of premature babies through the highs and lows of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit through to when they leave the hospital, with or without their child.
“Our clients are the fundamental focus of our firm. We aim to always put our client's financial needs and goals first.” Catherine Smith, Director
From the very start of her career Catherine Smith had a vision of using her knowledge to help people build better lives for themselves. With this objective in mind, she set up the multi-disciplinary firm, Wholistic Financial Solutions in 2010.
“Wines by Geoff Hardy are known for their tradition of quality, innovation, and premium production, which encompasses a unique 165-year-old family history of winemaking in South Australia.” Richard Dolan, CEO
Wines by Geoff Hardy is a 6th generation family-owned and operated wine company made up of three South Australian wineries. It’s products are rated five red stars by Australia’s most prominent wine critic, James Halliday, and their business was named Australian Wine Company of the Year in 2012 and 2014 by Australia’s leading wine publication, Winestate Magazine.
“Our mission is to transform the way legal services are delivered to clients, by removing or at least minimising costs and overheads while maximising productivity and value received by clients.” Sarah Bartholomeusz, Principal
Founded by Principal, Sarah Bartholomeusz, You Legal is virtual law firm providing corporate and commercial legal services to clients online. This business model allows You Legal to provide practical solutions to clients where they work, when they need it, and without the overheads of traditional firms.
“We have created a one-stop-shop of nurturing, education, housing and support to help women in crisis to recover from trauma and engage effectively in planning their future.” Mrs Kelda Oppermann, CEO
For 34 years, Zonta House has provided crisis support and accommodation for more than 10,000 women. Now one of the largest refuge associations in Western Australia, Zonta House is dedicated to improving the lives of women and their families who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing family and domestic violence.