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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 27 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.


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Alumni Stories

Growing, minus the pains

Kate Save, her co-founder Dr Geoffrey Draper, and the team at Be Fit Food have experienced massive growth and overcome many challenges since launching in 2014. But as their wins at the 2018 Telstra Business Awards - including Victorian Business of the Year and the Small & Succeeding Award - have shown, their hard work has paid off. In episode one, Adam speaks to Kate about growing your small business, minus the pain.

Watch the full episode here

Alumni Achievement Award

Chosen by our judges, the Alumni Achievement 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 is 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.

Nexba Beverages

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 Director

The 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.

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Success Stories
Success Stories
The power of hART

2018 Tasmanian of the Year Scott Rankin developed an innovative community-based arts model combining creativity with social justice. He tells Lachlan Colquhoun how he’s using i...

Telstra Business Awards
Telstra Business Awards
How Nexba Beverages turned iced tea into a war on obesity

Nexba Beverages has just been recognised as the inaugural winner of the 2018 Telstra Alumni Achievement Award, and its vision to be a major player in the fight against sugar shows why.

Success Stories
Success Stories
Prevention through deception Penten’s recipe for success

Canberra-based cyber security company, Penten, is the 2018 Telstra Australian Business of the Year. The business uses cyber deception strategies to protect Australian governmen...

Telstra Business Awards
Telstra Business Awards
Top five future tech trends small businesses need to know now

Connectivity is key to expanding networks, supporting teams and growing the business. John O’Haire, Managing Director, Cisco and Telstra Business Awards National Judge shares the top five tech trends.

Success Stories
Success Stories
Amazon rival Booktopia claims Telstra NSW Business of the Year Award

Seven-time Telstra Business Awards finalist, Booktopia has been named the 2018 Telstra NSW Business of the Year. The online bookstore has built a customer-base of 4 million, di...

Success Stories
Success Stories
The tips, tricks and non-negotiables of winning speeches

Business leaders give great speeches, and the Telstra Business Awards finalists are no exception thanks to the tips, tricks and non-negotiables they are taught during the progr...

Nominations for the 2019 Telstra Business Awards are now closed however you can still nominate a deserving business for the 2020 Telstra Business Awards.

Don't miss the chance to make 'that' moment happen for a business you know, or even your own.

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