Celebrating ‘that’ moment for our finalists
The 2019 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 2019 finalists below – find out who they are, where they’re from and how they came to be ‘that’ business achieving even more in 2019.
Entrants complete long form entry questions to help our Judges get to know you and your business, and why your business deserves to be recognised in the wider business community.
“We want to run a successful and respected business. Our goal is to make it so easy for clients to interact with us, that we become the obvious choice.” Mark Richardson, Director
Created by four tradies joining forces together, 4Front Services provides electrical, air conditioning, refrigeration and solar installation and maintenance services for the residential and commercial sectors in Southern Tasmania. Approaching work and customers with a genuine ethos of honesty and integrity, transparency is the backbone of this two-year-old business.
“We are a small family business that aims to be Tasmania's leading vegetation management and arboriculture professionals.” Leigh Winwood, General Manager
Established more than 10 years ago, A1 Tree Services provides vegetation management services for the general public, local councils and around power lines for TasNetworks.
“We help socially conscious business owners and entrepreneurs do what they love best and achieve things they never thought possible, so that together we contribute to global abundance.” Dr David Dugan, Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Founded by Dr David Dugan seven years ago, Abundance Global is an education, mentoring and support community for small and medium business entrepreneurs who want to create intergenerational wealth for themselves and their communities. Their mission is to support one million socially conscious business owners globally by 2027.
“Being a physiotherapist can be both physically and emotionally draining. We aim to address this by being the best workplace possible for our staff, while also providing exceptional customer service.” Jennifer Maher, Practice Manager
Accelerate was founded in 2017 by William Maher and Adnan Asger Ali after recognising there must be a more sustainable way to practice physiotherapy – one that led to less staff burnout and greater client satisfaction, across fields as diverse as elite sports, pregnancy and post-op rehab.
“We saw a gap in the market to provide exceptional air-conditioning cleaning services on top of our usual maintenance services. No equipment on the market could do the job properly.” Dean Gebert, Manager and Director
Advanced Air provides much-needed air conditioning installation, repairs and maintenance services to residential and commercial properties in Darwin’s hot climate. Advanced Air is led by its Founder and Director, Dean Gebert, with a focus on delivering high-quality and power-saving services at an affordable price.
“Our clients have peace of mind when they know their general insurance needs are being taken care of.” Riccardo Lelli, Director
Established in 1999, AFA Insurance Brokers is the largest privately-owned insurance broking company in the Northern Territory. Led by Managing Directors, Fernando Di Toro and Riccardo Lelli, the company is proud to support the Darwin community by employing and investing locally.
“Our vision is to grow and maintain an environment where all people are actively and respectfully supported to reach their full potential.” Mary Gakopoulos, Executive Director
Since its inception in 1987, AGAPI Care has had a vision to empower people with disabilities. The not-for-profit organisation has been delivering services designed to support people with disabilities to gain more independence, be involved in their community and achieve the things that matter to them.
“We have developed a holistic, professional service with the commitment, empathy, extensive knowledge and understanding of the specialised environments and circumstances we work within.” Alison Flakemore, Director
Twenty years ago, Alison Flakemore entered the garden and landscape industry with an old van, a lawnmower and basic hand tools. Today, the services offered by Alison’s Garden & Landscape include gutter cleaning, excavation and cartage, commercial cleaning and contracts with corporate clients and the Tasmanian Government.
“Too many organisations fall short in their digital journey due to misinformation. Alyka exists to eliminate this problem and our mission is to empower clients to reach their digital potential.” Zion Ong, Director
Alyka is a full-service digital agency dedicated to building genuine online experiences. The team creates end-to-end digital solutions from brand identity, website creation, digital marketing and client nurture services. Its full suite of services ensures clients are well equipped to capture, maintain and grow their customer base.
“We want to help our clients make changes in their day-to-day lives by choosing healthy, eco-conscious products that help humans and the planet thrive.” Celeste Faltyn, Owner
Celebrating the power of the humble bee, Apiary Made is the culmination of founder Celeste Faltyn’s passion for the environment and the creation of beautiful things. With sustainability at the forefront, Celeste and the team handcraft a luxury range of beeswax food wraps, skincare, candles and honey derived from Australian beehives. Apiary Made also farms its own bees in Victoria’s Yarra Valley.
“We are a competent crew of recruitment enthusiasts, building successful relationships with our clients and candidates through our professionalism, integrity and a dash of humour.” Jackie Wythes, Director
Led by Directors Jackie Wythes and Kim Coghill, Appoint is a recruitment agency full of natural-born problem solvers who like to think outside the box. So when it comes to recruitment, there’s no challenge too big or too small for the crew at Appoint. While they’re often working against the clock, they always find time to push the boundaries.
“We aim to be the leading vinegar producer in Australia, the primary destination for all vinegar solutions, be known for innovation and to change the way Australians think about vinegar.” Ian Henderson, Chief Executive Officer & Principal Vinegar Maker
Australian Vinegar’s mission has always been to create high-quality artisanal Australian-made vinegar with ‘Clean Labelling’, free from allergens, sulphites and artificial additives. The business’ vision is to cultivate a passionate team of experts within the industry that encourage a positive culture and staff growth while remaining a proud regional company.
“Our purpose is to positively transform dentistry. We do this by optimising our people and workplace cultures, our patients’ lives and experiences.” Dr Stephen Dudgeon, Dentist
Recognising the increasing corporate influence and negative stigma associated with going to the dentist, Avenue Dental’s purpose is to positively transform the way Australians perceive the industry. This group of Sunshine Coast dental practices collaborates with university student associations to invest in the development of graduates, while offering above and beyond clinical and personalised services to their clients.
“We aim to be a global leader in competency-based performance assessment. This will become a critical success factor for individuals and organisations competing in skills-focused economies.” Reay Mackay, Managing Director
aXcelerate is an innovative training and assessment management system. It is built on the mission to support life-long learning which empowers individuals and organisations with vocational skills, knowledge and competencies to compete in a rapidly evolving digital world. aXcelerate provides an end-to-end business solution for training organisations to manage all aspects of the student lifecycle.
“Our vision is to create a warm, unpretentious and comfortable salon experience that offers luxury service at an affordable price.” Nicole Dwight, Business Owner
Axis Hairdressing has been a byword for hair-styling excellence in Canberra for more than a quarter of a century, offering an affordable luxury experience to every client. Co-owned by Salon Manager Nicole Dwight, Creative Director Adam Ciaccia and Head Colourist Michelle Ciaccia, the salon is all about making clients feel comfortable, confident and at ease.
“Our centre advocates for better learning and economic opportunities for women and to create brighter futures for Indigenous women and their families.” Ingrid Stonhill, Chief Executive Officer
Originally established as a women’s refuge in the 1980s, Babbarra Women’s Centre has grown to become a focal point for the continuation of culture and the provision of meaningful livelihood for women in Maningrida and surrounding areas. It is proudly owned by the Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation.
“By focusing on customers first, we create innovative digital services and solutions that truly serve our clients.” Renae Lunjevich, Managing Director
Bang Digital is a digital performance agency that delivers customer engagement and growth strategies for clients through digital marketing strategies. These include social media, website design, performance tracking and marketing consultations. The business aims to empower and educate clients on the digital landscape so they can make better, informed decisions.
“Our vision is to be a pre-eminent property and infrastructure consultancy that creates and improves the communities in which we all live.” Glenn Barker, Managing Director
Barker Ryan Stewart is a property and infrastructure consultancy specialising in the core services of planning, project management, civil engineering, transport planning and traffic engineering, surveying, and subdivision certification.
“Be Fit Food takes the guesswork out of healthy eating by providing Australians with scientifically formulated meals for improving overall health and wellbeing.” Kate Save, Chief Executive Officer and Co Founder
Combining their weight loss industry expertise, bariatric surgeon, Geoffrey Draper, and dietitian, exercise physiologist and diabetes educator, Kate Save, created Be Fit Food as a food-based tool to promote weight loss, remedy chronic disease and enhance long-term health.
“We create value for small businesses through mentoring and education, something they often miss out on, but is critical to their long-term success.” Lucinda Mills, Principal
Bellevue Advisors is a chartered accounting practice built on the importance of learning, in an industry that is constantly evolving through legislative, political and technical change. This emerging firm and its growing team of 19 staff has established itself to provide compliance services as well as assist businesses to pursue their goals.
“It is the mission of Berry Springs Tavern to provide customers a special, 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 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.
“We strive to keep all Australians socially connected and included. No matter your circumstances, everybody deserves access to a fairly priced, affordable and secure mobile phone service.” Adrian Panozzo, Director
Today, having a secure mobile phone connection is crucial, particularly for those experiencing homelessness, socio-economic disadvantage, or who may require access to government and social support services. Better Life Mobile founders Russel Barnes and Adrian Panozzo witnessed the hardship faced by low-income earners first-hand and joined forces to create an affordable and ethical mobile service for all.
“Our mission is to create a safe haven for people to move, strengthen and breathe with physical, emotional and mental support.” Jodie McClintock, Director
Bikram Yoga Mill Park provides a supportive space for the local community to fulfil all of their fitness and mindfulness needs. With a mission of inclusivity, the studio offers classes that cater to all skill levels, with a range of timeslots and pricing options available to suit each participant’s individual needs.
“Today, consumers are looking for natural skincare products that actually work. This inspired us to design a 100% active plant extract serum that changes the skin on a cellular level.” Lucy Kuper, Managing Director
Biologi is a new brand that is revolutionising the skincare industry using its ground-breaking technology to create 100 percent active, plant-based serums that are delivering unprecedented results.
“The internet is continually transforming into a video-based platform. Our mission is to make it simple for every business to engage their audience through video.” Rena Frith, Social Media Marketer
Biteable is a digital marketing platform that allows marketers to build videos from a library of professionally designed content. The service allows a novice user to quickly create a new video that looks as if it were made by a professional production agency. Biteable's greatest value is in its ability to enable time-poor marketers to engage their audience in an affordable way.
“Bohemian Traders epitomises classic European cuts for the modern bohemian. We blend classic styles and cuts with a bohemian aesthetic to provide size-inclusive fashion basics.” Emily Berlach, Founder and Creative Director
In 2014, Emily Berlach founded Bohemian Traders at her kitchen table, with three toddlers at her feet. She was inspired to create classic European clothing with a bohemian twist that was fashion-forward but still easy to care for.
“I took an everyday essential baby item and turned it into a fashion accessory for new mums.” Teena Zerefos Waldron, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Bondi Beach Baby is a maker of organic cotton muslin baby swaddles and accessories. Founder Teena Zerefos Waldron created the business in 2016 after the birth of her first daughter, when she saw a gap in the market for high-quality, fashionable baby products.
“We’re passionate about large complex structural steel fabrication and collaborating with our customers. We want to partner with them, not just take their order. ” Jeremy Hawkes, Managing Director
Bowhill Engineering is a boutique business specialising in building complex steel structures including bridges, wharves and ferries, with an innovative and practical process. Its team of experts work across the design, surveying, drafting and engineering of projects.
“We aim to develop and support the community to achieve their potential, particularly concerning their own development towards family, career and social aspirations.” Justin Abrahams, Manager
Bridgewater Police & Citizens Youth Club is a not-for-profit community service organisation that provides a safe environment for youth and the community to enhance their future career and personal development. It offers social and recreational activities, ranging from mentoring and sports to driving lessons, giving an opportunity to socialise and build resilience.
“We are a small shed fueled by a big dream, which is to support the Warningakalina women, to share our culture with others, and to preserve our traditions and knowledge for future generations.” Serena Bara, Chairperson
An all-women, Indigenous-owned social enterprise based on Groote Eylandt, Bush Medijina is making a difference to the livelihoods 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.
“As a tourism icon of Western Australia, we are constantly striving to preserve, care for and enhance the heritage-listed Busselton Jetty for generations to come.” Lisa Shreeve, Chief Executive Officer
After Cyclone Alby destroyed a large part of Busselton Jetty in 1978, a small group of passionate community members joined together to protect, preserve and enhance it for future generations. Busselton Jetty Inc is a non-profit organisation that ensures the ongoing preservation of the heritage-listed Busselton Jetty by raising funds and implementing key tourism initiatives.
“With many small businesses failing in the first years of operation, we help them grow and thrive for life through networking, community and education.” Matt Alderton, Chief Executive Officer 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 repaying all these debts, Matt persevered and in 2015 launched BxNetworking for Business, to help other entrepreneurs learn about resilience, sustainability, and growing their business.
“We are a little café with a big impact, well-known and respected by locals for our progressive and all-welcoming attitude.” Joanne Colijn-Dew, Owner
Inspired by their travels exploring the diverse hospitality of many cultures, owners Jo and Ronald Colijn-Dew created the all-inclusive and adaptable Café Mojo Mundaring. More than just a café serving quality food and coffee, it is a welcoming space supporting community collaboration and growth.
“We exist to empower every person, from the classroom to the boardroom, by providing a frustration-free tech environment.” Adam Centorrino, Managing Director
Founded in 2006, Centorrino Technologies is an IT advisory company providing a wide array of professional services including managed IT services, cloud solutions, web hosting and resourcing services. It serves various industries including medium-sized businesses, schools and government agencies.
“Our mission is to drive transformation in businesses by providing high quality and mission critical management services in IT support, digital transformations, security and communications.” Adele Pickering, General Manager
centreRED is an IT services company that delivers technology solutions and partners with small and medium businesses. Founded in 1996 by CEO Kent Forster, the team specialises in day-to-day IT support, digital transformation, security and communications technologies – all designed to enable businesses to access best-in-class technology.
“We aspire to become the first choice for workforce accommodation and hospitality services by supplying a holistic, unique and memorable service experience.” Malcolm Wylie, Director
As a privately owned and operated accommodation service, Cherratta Lodge offers a range of accommodation options with a focus on guests’ health and wellbeing. It contains 395 rooms across three villages, with two gymnasiums, two swimming pools, a recreation room and dynamic forms of engagement through group and mindfulness activities.
“We’ve grown our reputation in the industry for over 20 years through our impeccable service. We continue to deliver while striving to grow the business locally and nationally.” Jorge Montalvo, Director
Jorge Montalvo set up CIC City Industrial Cleaning more than two decades ago to cater to large and demanding construction projects in and around Canberra. With a flexible workforce, the business is able to deploy an army of cleaners to respond to emergencies such as the 2018 Canberra Chifley Library flood, where 70 employees were deployed to assist with the damage.
“My vision is to provide the highest level of service to my clients and create beautiful, memorable functions for them.” Cindy Westphalen, Owner/Director
Cindy’s Classic Gourmet offers wedding and function planning with a completely personalised and holistic customer experience from beginning to end. Often working with clients who have never planned a function, the business’ policy ensures the customer always feels they are in safe hands.
“Our vision is to see better health and social outcomes across Australia by providing high quality and local information about services and events in your local community.” Brentyn Parkin, Executive Director
Community Information Support Services is a not-for-profit online platform established to support the health and wellbeing of Australians through connecting individuals to health information and services. The organisation supports the coordination of health and wellness activities in local communities and provide ways the public and service providers can work together.
“We believe we can make a positive difference to our community through collaboration with brands, people and movements we believe in.” Jamie Wilson, Founder and Director
A full-service marketing and communications consultancy, Coordinate Group delivers strategy, creative and media to brands. With a mission to provide clients with confidence, capability and insights their clients include McDonald's, Australian National University and the Canberra Institute of Technology.
“A home is one of life’s largest investments. We endeavour to make the process simple and enjoyable, taking away any fears about the price or the process.” Justin Derksen, Director
Crusader Homes provides clients with beautifully designed and high-quality homes at a low cost for residents mainly located in the Derwent Valley. This indigenous, family owned and operated business prides itself on its commitment to build houses on a given time frame and within budget.
“We are passionate about our land, our staff, our family who are the heart of our business, the animals we care for and the visitors we share our home with.” Lyndee Severin, Business Manager
Blending pastoral history and productive land use of the Central Australian landscape, Curtin Springs is now a tourist destination in its own right. Curtin Springs provides visitors with a unique appreciation for the deeply layered mosaic of Central Australian landscape, culture and environment.
“We work with organisations, clinicians and medical researchers to build products that impact healthcare technology and create change globally.” Mohinder Jaimangal, Executive Director
Led by Executive Directors Mohinder Jaimangal, Sanji Kanaglingam and George Charalambous, Curve Tomorrow is a digital health technology company with an ambitious goal to impact the lives of one billion people. At the intersection of healthcare, commercialisation and digital product development, they work with organisations, clinicians and medical researchers to create life-changing health technology.
“Our team all have one thing in common, a love for dogs. We pride ourselves on offering personalised dog grooming for all breeds, small and large.” Amanda White, Owner and Managing Director
Established 25 years ago, Dashing Designer Dogs is a dog grooming service for all breeds and sizes. Owner and Managing Director Amanda White created the company around the idea that a well cared for dog reflects that love back to its owner.
“Our team is collectively focused on achieving above and beyond when it comes to our clients’ health and wellbeing. Our vision is to help build a physically active, healthier Canberra.” Nathan Hitchcock, Owner/Founder
Define Fitness is helping clients become their fittest and healthiest yet through its health and fitness services, which includes personal training, partner sessions, group fitness and corporate programs. The team also works with the local community’s health and wellbeing services to assist people with mental, intellectual and physical challenges.
“We want to create equal opportunities for people to achieve success in their lives, recognising some are going to need more or less support based on their individual needs.” Peter Wilson, Managing Director Determined2 and Founder of the Immersion Therapy service
Determined2 provides innovative immersion therapy services for people living with disabilities and injuries. As a service conducted underwater, it provides a near-weightless, low-impact environment giving participants the chance to experience movements that may otherwise be impossible.
“Stories of homelessness are never the same, and so neither is the support we provide. We respond to the needs of people in crisis, whatever they may be.” Suzanne Hopman, Chief Executive Officer
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, to empower people to regain control of their lives.
“We are fiercely committed to the optimal health and wellbeing of our patients by educating and providing them with holistic options for dental, aesthetic and general health care.” Dr Daniel Tan, Director
Dr Daniel Tan & Associates has been dedicated to bringing a holistic approach to dental, aesthetic and general health care to Launceston for the past 10 years. With a key focus on educating the public on the means of reaching optimal health and wellbeing, the team receives ongoing career development and support, to provide the best possible service to their patients.
“Without sustainable thinking and practices, we may survive the short term but the long term becomes increasingly uncertain. To Earth Sanctuary, human and environmental health are inextricably connected to economic prosperity.” Tom Falzon, Director
The Falzon family’s dream to inspire change for a sustainable future saw the development of Earth Sanctuary in Alice Springs in 1999. It is built as a place where the education, tourism and business events markets could merge to allow visitors the opportunity to explore ecology, culture and astronomy, amid native wilderness and sustainable technologies.
“Our passion for high-quality training and our understanding of its effectiveness drives us to deliver change in the lives of individual Indigenous workers.” Evelyn Clarke, Director
ECB Training Services is an Indigenous-owned company founded in 2013 by Director Evelyn Clarke to meet the emerging training and labour-hire needs in the civil construction, oil, gas and mining sectors in the Northern Territory.
“We’re using our passion for EdTech to create an affordable eLearning Management System that is available to all, eliminating cost as the barrier to acquiring quality education.” Dean Saunders, Chief Executive Officer
Since 2007, Dean Saunders has led the dedicated team of eCreators in their passion for online education to create all forms of learning technology, available to learners across all demographics and geographies. Together, they have created an affordable and scalable platform to help organisations grow.
“By offering learning experiences within our natural environment, we hope to increase the mental, emotional and physical health of children, foster stewardship and a love for the outdoors.” Daniel Burton, Director of Programs, Operations and Marketing
Educated by Nature provides learning experiences in a variety of natural spaces across Perth to facilitate connections to nature and community. These connections develop children's resilience, confidence, physical skills, curious minds and playful spirits; equipping them for a healthy and happy life.
“We want to provide professional, inspirational, innovative and fun programs, both for groups and individuals, to empower our clients to live their best life.” Vicki Allan, Owner
Vicki Allan’s experience in the health and wellness industry has always been built on innovation. Her previous businesses have included a personal training studio catering to members with severe disabilities, such as quadriplegia and brain injury. Her latest venture, Emerge Health and Wellness, is similarly alternative, offering chair exercise classes, hypnotherapy, mindset coaching and positive ageing workshops.
“We use our skills to support our not-for-profit clients to realise their missions, provide better outcomes for the environment and help alleviate poverty.” Alcuin Hacker, Founder and Principal Consultant
Engage & Experience is a specialist consultancy that helps charities and not-for-profit organisations increase revenue through improved supporter experience systems and processes. Founded in 2015 by Alcuin Hacker, the business helps organisations optimise their fundraising programs.
“We hope to provide a personalised and superior value proposition for clients, which simply doesn’t exist anywhere else in our local market.” Peta Gray, Principal Legal Director
Enterprise Legal is a dynamic and progressive NewLaw firm that brings its innovative approach to businesses in and around Toowoomba. Catering to businesses and organisations of all sizes, in particular in the construction and commercial property industries, the business brings fixed or capped fees to an area where they were otherwise unavailable.
“Our mission is to grow, in partnership with remote Aboriginal communities, edible gardens and healthy eating programs that sow the seeds of changing attitudes to nutrition for generations to come.” Caroline de Mori, Executive Chair
EON Foundation is a WA-based not-for-profit organisation that delivers a food and nutrition focused healthy lifestyle and disease prevention program. It was created in 2005 by Caroline de Mori and Katrina Burton, who were inspired to act after a study highlighted the extremely poor health conditions faced by Aboriginal children.
“With a focus on quality, we are dedicated to delivering efficient and effective electrical services to our customers.” Anthony Evans, Director
With the belief that customer service is paramount to building a thriving business, EPL Electrical provides a personal approach to power and lighting maintenance and repairs. Counting more than seven years of professional experience, EPL Electrical is led by its founder and Director, Anthony Evans who joined forces with a former colleague, Michael Berzins to grow from sole trader to joint partnership.
“We’re exceeding our customers' expectations by constantly producing high-quality steel fabrication in the safest, most efficient and professional manner possible.” Dan Leech, Owner
Excel Robotics specialises in steel fabrication, robotic welding, processing and powder coating, high-fatigue fabrication and welding of vibration equipment and structural mechanical piping. With 14 years’ experience, owner Dan Leech developed his vision for the company after being inspired by his father, who also owned a fabrication company.
“There’s much more to you than just your resume. Our purpose is to connect quality employers with talented employees through innovative and personal recruitment.” Kate Prior, Managing Director
face2face Recruitment is a recruitment agency, servicing government, private and not-for-profit organisations. Its mission is to deliver quality service while helping employers find the best candidates and helping candidates win positions.
“Our burning desire is to reduce the environmental impact and improve the sustainability of our clients’ operations through our innovative products and services.” Con Manias, Managing Director
Comprised of three subsidiaries, FCT Combustion, FCT ACTech and FCT Flames, FCT Holdings design emission-reducing burner systems for the industrial processing of cement, iron ore and minerals as well as delivering spectacular flame effects for high profile events, including the Olympic Games.
“We want hairdressers all over the world to have easier and happier lives. We love that we have changed people’s lives and provided a community for our Foil Me lovers.” Emily Ciardiello, Director
Foil Me was born from the vision to help hairdressers have an easier life by providing them with products that are unique, fun and easy to use. Since inception in 2014, Foil Me has evolved to not only create premium and efficient products, but to also ensure that clients are supported past the buying stage, particularly on social media.
“We share a vision of Australia without hunger, with a goal to provide the most food to the most Australians in need, in the most efficient way possible.” Greg Pattinson, Chief Executive Officer
Foodbank is South Australia’s largest food relief and rescue organisation, accounting for 70 per cent of all food distributed to charities. Foodbank provides food to more than 110,000 people per month and supports approximately 500 charities and 400 schools.
“We want to continue to create even more opportunities for Aboriginal people in our community.” Aaron Ryan, Director
Led by Director Aaron Ryan, Footprint Cleaning is a cleaning service for commercial sites. Attending to even the smallest of details, the team aims to go the extra mile to achieve an exceptional end result and also offers restoration of floors and walls.
“Our work brings people on a journey, empowering businesses and individuals to reach their full potential, while positively impacting the lives of business owners, their teams, customers, and society itself.” Dinesh Aggarwal, Founder & Managing Director
Fortuna Advisory is a one-stop professional services firm that offers holistic end-to-end financial support for clients. With specialised teams in accounting, tax, legal services, mortgage broking and financial planning, Fortuna Advisory helps set up clients for long-term financial success. Its collaborative solutions provide clients with a cost-effective, time-efficient and hassle-free experience.
“It is our primary objective to keep our clients and their families safe, and free from worry and financial hardship in any circumstance.” Diana Foye, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Lawyer
Foye Legal specialises in personal injury litigation, commercial litigation, military law, business law, family law, property law, estate planning, family provision claims and dispute resolution. The firm is uniquely positioned to provide advocacy for human rights protection on a national basis.
“We want to relieve the stresses of building and create value for our customers by making the process and regulations an easy path to navigate.” Mark Schmidt, Director
Freestone Building Surveying operates across Tasmania and specialises in residential projects. The business’ practices and skills create ease in the building process and ensure projects are compliant with the Tasmanian Legislation and Building Code of Australia.
“We are a boutique recruitment consultancy firm that provides 360-degree recruitment services for high volume and labour-intensive industries.” Cassandra Lee, Key Account Director
Front Age Consulting is a global recruitment and training partner assisting lower socio-economic jobseekers get into meaningful, sustainable long-term employment with international brands across labour-intensive industries, with a specific focus in the aviation industry.
“We are changing the face of golf by focussing on flexibility, diversity, choice and accessibility - transforming an 'old' game with a new approach.” Ali Terai, Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Rather than traditional golf memberships where members are restricted to a single club, Future Golf is a community that has partnered with various golf clubs to give members affordable access to courses and golf events all over Australia. Its aim is to encourage more people to take up golf by providing a pathway for complete beginners to become regular golfers.
“Our vision is to provide the best customer service experience possible and redefine the standards of what people should expect from all trades." Edward Clark, Director
Gallant Plumbing is a maintenance plumbing business specialised in servicing property professionals, businesses and homeowners. It offers a variety of plumbing services, including general maintenance, roof repairs and hot water services. Gallant Plumbing is driven by innovation and an absolute commitment to exceptional customer service.
“Our online platform disrupts the glass trade industry in such a way that both customers and tradies feel more empowered.” Sally Clinton, Co-founder
Glass Ontime provides an on-demand market platform to connect customers with tradespeople in the glass industry. The platform provides customers with upfront pricing, online booking services, cashless payment and job tracking. Tradies receive guaranteed work instead of quoting dead-end leads and customers don’t need to ring around for pricing options.
“We provide new home-buyers with an alternative to the traditional display home process, offering multi-branded solutions from an unbiased position – much like a mortgage broker helps obtain loans.” Tim Gold, Director
In 2016, Tim Gold founded Gold Property Partners as a new way to help home-buyers select a home, after working for many years in lending services for the banking sector. The building brokerage service helps customers choose their perfect new-build home by combining innovative technology and good old-fashioned customer service.
“We have created a stable, robust, evidence-based speech pathology service in places with the lowest accessibility but the greatest need.” Diana Bleby, Director & Principal Speech Pathologist
Good Prospects Speech Pathology provides quality, evidence-based speech pathology services in areas of need around South Australia. Recognising there was minimal choice of quality speech pathology services in lower socioeconomic areas, Good Prospects Speech Pathology expanded and developed ‘tele-health’ therapy sessions, with video calls, shared screens and virtual whiteboards.
“We are passionate about our planet and about connecting ideas, people and technology. We are constantly learning, adapting and designing solutions that are smarter, sustainable and cost-effective.” David Wilson, Director
Founded in 2011, Green Frog Systems is shaping the future of commercial solar lighting solutions. Designing and manufacturing world-class solar, road and pathway lighting systems, GFS focuses on carbon-neutral, environmentally friendly energy alternatives. It serves various industries including government, mining, oil, gas and commercial infrastructure.
“We unlock research with technology to make the world a better place. We find the talent, funding and intellectual property to create high-value businesses.” Jefferson Harcourt, Founder and Director
Grey Innovation’s vision is to unlock research for a healthier, cleaner and more secure world. It partners with universities, hospitals and research organisations in Australia, Germany and Singapore to find breakthrough research with strong commercial potential. It then assembles teams of investors, engineers and commercialisation experts to take this research out of the laboratory and into the world, where it can help people.
“We change the world, one haircut at a time. We send teams of qualified hairdressers to communities experiencing extreme poverty, teaching skills people can use to support their families.” Selina Tomasich, Chief Executive Officer
Ten years ago, Selina Tomasich was holidaying in Manila and recognised that extreme poverty could be addressed by teaching employable skills. In response, she created Hair Aid. The not-for-profit organisation has since trained more than 4,600 people across South-East Asia with the skills to cut hair, sending volunteer stylists over to deliver training in vulnerable communities.
“At the heart of every decision we make is the goal to reduce the impact that unhappiness, depression and anxiety have on our communities.” Julian Pace, Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Happiness Co is a social enterprise created to make the world a happier place by inspiring the people in it. Offering one-of-a-kind workshops and programs for individuals, schools and workplaces, the team provides participants with the necessary tools to cope with mental health challenges.
“We believe everyone can be a Happiness Concierge in their lives. Our purpose is to help people ace work and life.” Rachel Service, Founder
After suffering from anxiety, depression and burnout throughout her career, Rachel Service decided there had to be a better way to work. Inspired by an ‘aha’ moment at a Beyonce concert, she founded Happiness Concierge to provide training sessions to corporations and individuals to help employees manage stress and take advantage of opportunities to excel at work.
“We have seasoned ourselves and prepared for the future to become one of the most diverse movers and shakers of the NT earthmoving industry.” Taylor Smith, Managing Director
HD Earthworks are a family-owned, civil earthworks company that caters to the mining needs of Rio Tinto and the wider community. The business began as an earthmoving company and grew its service offerings to vegetation clearing, mulching and grinding soil, road construction and drainage operations.
“We sustainably and ethically produce high-quality eggs from chickens who are grass fed, roam freely in the paddock and enjoy the sun and wind on their feathers.” Dr Anthony De Silver, Owner & Managing Director
Hilltops Free Range produces pastured eggs. The farm’s chickens are raised freely outdoors, living in the pasture without being constrained to a fixed building. The business’ mission is to sustainably provide high-quality, ethical, and single-origin eggs, while also improving the land and environment for future generations.
“Our team is passionate about connecting the dots between communications, innovation and technology. We challenge each other every day to become the best thinkers, doers and collaborators in the business.” Emma-Jane Granleese, Founder & Managing Partner
History Will Be Kind (HWBK) is a creative communications agency, operating at the crossroads of public relations, social and digital. It brings together the agility of a startup alongside big agency capabilities, and is underpinned by an audience-centric, data-driven and channel-agnostic approach.
“By building a business based around ethical values and our commitment to innovation and marketing, we are changing the conversation in recruitment from selling to true value-add consulting.“ Fiona Grimmer, Marketing Manager
HorizonOne Recruitment is disrupting the recruitment industry with a fresh approach that is leading the industry beyond transactional sales-based approaches. It’s driven by innovation, cutting-edge marketing, and an unerring commitment to its values around Recruitment Karma - the belief that great things will happen if you do good work and look after people.
“We strive to provide individual exercise programs that are safe, effective, and help our clients achieve a greater quality of life.” Ryan McCathie, Director
Hunter Rehabilitation and Health is an exercise physiology clinic that believes in the mantra that “exercise is medicine” and strives to empower individuals to achieve greater independence and functioning in their lives. It offers a wide range of exercise prescriptions for patients to assist in their rehabilitation.
“Our unique and highly innovative business model delivers exceptional value to our customers by providing timeless, solid timber furniture that you can afford to love.” David Light, Co-Founder
Icon by Design provides timeless Scandinavian and Australian-inspired crafted solid furniture at affordable prices. After launching online in July 2015, the father-and-son business has now three storefronts in Sydney and Melbourne, and an online store with more than 250 furniture items.
“With a passion for technology and a commitment to sustainability, we aim to make a valuable contribution to the digital transformation industry.” Phillip Miller, Senior SCADA Engineer"
Established in 2013, IntegratedSCADA was formed from the market demand for a trusted and sustainable engineering service provider with a modern approach. Using innovative practices and technologies, it provides solutions to empower forward-thinking clients and organisations.
“Over the past ten years, we’ve changed the market landscape for lubricants in Australia and are now the leading alternative to the traditional global giants in Australia.” Robert Boylan, Chief Operations Officer
International Lubricant Distributors (ILD) has partnered with global oil company Sinopec to give Australia access to premium industrial lubricants. Together, ILD and Sinopec now lead the way in delivering a fresh new approach to the extremely competitive lubricant industry.
“Our mission is to create a world without type 1 diabetes. We drive medical breakthroughs, advocate for policy and investment, and support the 120,000 Australians living with this condition.” Mike Wilson, Chief Executive Officer
JDRF Australia was started in 1982 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes determined to rid the world of the disease. This humble start has grown into a community of volunteers, advocates, donors, researchers and healthcare professionals who have come together with the aim to cure, prevent, and treat type 1 diabetes and its complications.
“Across Tasmania, we endeavour to provide our clients with an exceptional telecommunications solutions.” Sean Jeanneret, Managing Director
Jettech Networks is a Tasmanian company that builds telecommunication networks and tools for businesses. Providing customers with out of the box solutions, its small team holds a diverse range of skills and interests, including a mutual passion for the communications industry.
“Our vision is a community in which older people live safe, healthy, active and fulfilling lives in their own homes. We’re here to make a positive difference to their day-to-day.” Shaun Riley, Director
Jubilee Community Care has worked with clients around Brisbane since 1989 as a stand-alone, not-for-profit community aged care provider. Staff assist clients in their own homes as well as encourage and support them to access additional group programs, including hydrotherapy, art classes and exercise, which promote independence, wellness and community connection.
“We are helping patients achieve and maintain optimum oral health while changing people's perception of dentistry, by providing a very comfortable and pleasant experience.” Felicity Sweet, Business Manager and Owner
Kingston Beach Dental is an independent, family-owned and operated practice that was founded in 2007 by Dr Martyn Sweet. The business provides a range of general, family and cosmetic dental services and is passionate about providing quality and caring dentistry and service with integrity.
“We bring brands to life through social media by helping our clients find their voice, build their tribe, and develop deeper connections with their customers.” Gina Lednyak, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
L&A Social is a full-service social media strategy and implementation agency which partners with some of the world’s largest and most dynamic brands. The team has a vision to create a new kind of workplace that fosters growth and opportunity for both employee and client.
“We believe every elderly Australian should be given the opportunity and support to age independently, for as long as they want to, on their own terms.” Michael Argent, Managing Director
Launched in 2017, Let’s Get Care is an innovative, flat fee, government-approved home care package provider, which has disrupted an industry. Driven by value, fairness and excellence, the organisation offers the elderly full choice and control of their home care services and maximises the amount of funding available for support.
“We aim to provide exceptional learning opportunities and outcomes by combining a rock-solid path to language acquisition with the beauty of a lifestyle brand and the social capital of a not-for-profit.” Katrina Waugh, Owner/Founder
Founded by Katrina Waugh in 2008, Lingua Franca was built on an appreciation of the inherent richness and beauty of the French language. The team of tutors caters to adult learners with private or group lessons in a way that is fun, engaging and stress-free.
“A child's emotional, social, academic and physical development is our number one focus. We nurture them, teach them and guide them to develop all the skills that will ensure they succeed in life.” Jae Fraser, Managing Director
The Little Scholars' philosophy is that early education has the potential to change lives. This determination is evident in every element of the organisation - from the immaculately designed facilities to the educational programs. With centres in various locations around South East Queensland, many families are benefiting from the Little Scholars experience.
“Our mission is to educate and inspire our community and make the greatest impact possible on their health.” Caroline Shaw, Founding Partner
Live Well Physio is a physiotherapy-based wellness centre that provides healthcare services focused on improving mindset, nutrition and movement in addition to the full spectrum of physiotherapy fundamentals. With a multi-disciplinary approach to health, they offer clients all the key health requirements including physiotherapy, Pilates, podiatry, psychology, massage, nutrition, life coaching, occupational therapy and healthy cooking classes.
“Our mission is to help children become creators, innovators and problem solvers so they can adapt to and thrive in a dynamic world.” Jon Soong, CEO
With a future-focused vision, Makers Empire is a mix of dedicated and experienced educators, developers and business managers, all with a passion for the power of education. At Makers Empire, students learn how to use Design Thinking and 3D printing to identify needs and opportunities and then create, prototype, test and refine their solutions.
“Our vision is to be a technology pioneer, establishing brands around an opportunity in the market where technology can solve real problems.” Con Mouzouris, Chief Executive Officer
Mantel Group pioneers technologies to help businesses provide better user experiences for their customers. From digital services to data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions, the business aims to tackle all types of problems with technology.
“Sewing and teaching others how to sew is my lifelong passion. 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, 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.
“We live and breathe 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 and Chief Executive Officer
Unleashing the power of music for brands, Marketing Melodies provides in-store music solutions and digital signage to more than 4,000 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.
“We want to provide a safe, fun and supportive experience for our guests while protecting, showcasing and enhancing our natural environment.” Simon French, Director
Inspired by the natural beauty of its Tasmanian location, Simon French operates Maydena Bike Park - a gravity-focused mountain bike park catering to guests of all abilities from families through to elite riders. Developed through world heritage forests, it boasts a network of 80km of downhill trails, where riders can let gravity do (most of) the work.
“By empowering the public with accurate knowledge of education issues, we contribute to better policy-making, greater understanding between students, parents and educators, and a brighter future for all Australians.” Dr Shannon Schedlich, CEO
The Media Centre for Education Research Australia (MCERA) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to improving the quality of education reporting in mainstream media and keeping the public informed about education matters. By serving as a conduit between media and education researchers, MCERA assists the general population’s understanding of education issues and informs policy and practice.
“As the responsibility for risk and assurance continues to devolve, our mission evolves to arm all stakeholders with the tools they need to collaboratively identify, assess and control risk.” Alex Apostolou, Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Over the last 16 years, Meercat has been delivering the risk and control assurance automation tools its customers need to build and grow best-practice businesses. With broad experience across energy, mining, chemicals and retail, the business also delivers the on-boarding and change management services critical to embedding best-practices and increasing risk management maturity.
“We have helped countless students, who had come to us seeking academic, social, and engagement in learning assistance and have left with the tools to succeed and reach their full potential.” Catherine Byers, Owner
Miss B’s Student Services is a tuition business that works with children and adults whose needs cannot be met in a typical educational setting. These students may be challenged due to learning or behavioural difficulties and may be struggling to keep up with their peers, or they may be gifted and need further extension.
“We only choose a few select projects at once, offering not only peace of mind but guidance and ease in the journey of building and delivering that dream home.” Simon Mitchell, Director
Experts in custom builds, bespoke designs and high-end finishes, Mitchell Custom Homes is dedicated to offering a personalised service and attention to detail that exceeds others in the market. Open communication and collaboration ensure clients are involved every step of the way, from initial design right through to finished landscaping.
“We aim to craft wines that display distinctive varietal expression and reflect individual vineyards, vintage and regional character. We take our customers on a journey from grapevine to glass.” Alicia Linley, Managing Director and Owner
Mitchell Harris Wines is a winemaking business that not only shares its own crafted wines, but other regional wines through an urban cellar door and wine bar. Inspired by local growers and farmers, Mitchell Harris Wines aims to create high-quality wine with a local story behind the label.
“We aim to deliver innovative, protective, supportive apparel for periods, incontinence and perspiration, while having a positive social impact on both humanity and our environment.” Kristy Chong, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Eliminating the need for costly and uncomfortable single-use hygiene products, Modibodi is a protective apparel brand for menstruation and incontinence leaks, sweat, odour and more. Modibodi’s patented fibre technology hopes to put an end to embarrassing mishaps and provide an eco-conscious alternative to disposable hygiene.
“Our wines have a distinctive style and taste. They are full of fruit and flavour and we are proud of the dedication, passion and energy that goes into creating every bottle.” Sarah Marquis, CEO and Chief Winemaker
In the heart of South Australia’s Mclaren Vale, Mollydooker Wines is making waves in the industry by bringing innovative techniques and an uncompromising commitment to providing exceptional quality wine at an affordable price. This family-owned winery, led by Sarah Marquis as Chief Winemaker, produces 70,000 to 100,000 cases annually and exports 80 percent of it.
“Our business directly impacts our client's lifestyle, by reducing the amount of work they need to do in their gardens. We give them more room to entertain and play.” Ash Carter, Director
New Level Landscapes prides itself on creating outdoor spaces tailored to clients’ requirements, using the highest quality products so the job only needs to be done once in a lifetime. The team focuses on both the current and planned use of the space to increase the value of the property and the client's time spent in the garden.
“We deliver best practice hygienic and environmentally conscious cleaning systems and innovations to help businesses, people and our planet.” Steven Buchler, Managing Director
Next Facilities Group provides quality cleaning systems that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. They aim to disrupt typical industry practices and provide their clients with the best possible environment for staff to perform.
“Our multi-trade, multi-service approach is what the construction industry needed. Our exponential growth despite an industry downturn and struggling local construction market proves our strategy is the right one.” Gerry Koukouvas, Executive Director
Formed in September 2010, Northern Trade Solutions started with four tradies and a dream to reshape the local construction industry by providing an integrated, solutions-focused, multi-trade company to all-size projects in the Northern Territory. Their vision was to create a company where every project brings value to clients.
"We want to change the consumer health market for the better by delivering a natural, sensitive-skin-safe and environmentally friendly alternative to wound care." James Dutton, Chief Executive Officer
Nutricare creates organic, natural adhesive strips for wounds using the highest quality, sustainable ingredients available. Inspired by his son’s sensitivity to typical wound solutions, Founder James Dutton set out to create a natural product that is environmentally conscious and cost-effective.
“We are a home-grown Aussie business with one simple goal: to revolutionise the way people rent office space around the world.” Grant Philipp, Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Office Hub is an online marketplace that offers flexible office space such as shared offices, coworking and serviced offices in one place. Passionate about the business benefits of shared working spaces, the team aims to help people around the world achieve more.
“We aim to help as many individuals as possible live life without single-use plastic by offering unique and innovative alternatives.” Hayley Clarke, Managing Director
Since 2004, Onya Life has been part of the global solution to replace single-use plastics. Working as part of the circular economy, the business has been using recycled materials wherever possible to provide high-quality, functional, and beautiful reusable products to help individuals reduce their overall contribution of plastic waste to landfill.
“We strive to make the process of buying and selling property a whole lot fairer, with more transparency, plenty of excitement and a lot less guessing.” Peter Gibbons, Co-Founder & Managing Director
Openn Negotiation’s vision is to redefine the real estate experience for everyone, by empowering the world with transparency. This innovative and transparent online auction process is designed to work in everyone’s favour, whether they are a buyer, seller or an agent, and is accessible from their device, anywhere in the world.
“The marketing landscape has never been as diverse and as challenging as it is today. It demands agility and innovation, and Oranje Creative delivers both.” Melinda Parent, Creative Director
Oranje Creative is an advertising and brand design studio tailored to satisfy the demands of today’s dynamic communications landscape. It provides access to a pool of communications specialists across all disciplines, without all the overheads.
“Our state-of-the-art elevator products offer superb performance, reliability, aesthetics and sophistication. At the heart of our identity and culture is an absolute commitment to exceed our customers’ needs and expectations.” Jonathon Dwayre, Managing Director
Orbitz Elevators are experts in the supply, installation, maintenance, repair and modernisation of elevators and escalators. Proudly 100 percent Australian owned and operated, Orbitz Elevators aims to provide the highest quality products and services across Australia and Papua New Guinea.
“Since our inception, our reach and impact have grown well beyond the ACT. We now deliver our evidence-based suicide prevention, physical and mental health workplace training and support programs nationally.” Darren Black, CEO
Established in 2001, OzHelp Foundation is a national not-for-profit provider of mental health and wellbeing programs targeting hard-to-reach people working in industries that have a heightened risk of suicide, including the building, construction and mining sectors. Their vision is to see every Australian workplace contribute to enhancing workforce wellbeing.
“Our deep expertise working with and in government agencies gives us an unparalleled competitive advantage, which has seen us become an alternative to the big national and international consulting firms.” Kylie Burnett, Partner and Owner
Parbery Consulting is a boutique management consulting firm that works closely with government agencies to advise them on a range of matters, such as business improvement, project and program management, change management, financial modelling and economic analysis.
“With airport parking traditionally being a transactional purchase, our goal is to go above and beyond customers’ expectations and deliver exceptional value in their pre-flight experience.” Steve Savelle, Director
Established in March 2018, Park on King is an airport parking facility in Mascot, Sydney, that caters to over 40 million passengers who travel through Sydney Airport annually. It aims to set a new benchmark in airport parking, with a focus on cutting-edge technology, reasonable prices and premium customer care.
“Our mission is to provide Australian companies with the legal and business advisory services they need to effectively run their businesses. Ultimately, we want to become their trusted thought partners.” Mellissa Larkin, Founder/Managing Director
After nearly 20 years in the legal industry, Mellissa Larkin knew that the traditional legal model was broken and there had to be a better way. In 2016, she founded Peripheral Blue with the aim of disrupting the legal and professional services industries by giving clients access to top tier, responsive legal and advisory services in a flexible and affordable way.
“We are looking to create a world-class orthopaedic practice that uses innovative and state-of-the-art technology with a focus on customised patient care.” Emma Petterwood, Co-Founder & General Manager
Founded in 2016, Petterwood Orthopaedics is a specialist orthopaedic practice that provides care to Hobart and beyond. It strives to give customers a world-class orthopaedic experience by providing innovative medical technologies, customised to each individual patient’s needs. This patient-centred approach allows locals to access all necessary services, particularly for hip and knee replacement, in one place.
“Our vision is to change the healthcare experience for the better, to get people out of pain and back to what they love doing.” Peter Flynn, Co-Director
Physio Fit Adelaide strives to give customers the best experience by creating an environment that is changing health care experiences for the better. The business decided to move away from traditional healthcare practices and deliver unique hospitality and comfort facilities, such as complimentary herbal tea, premium coffee and massage chairs for its customers while they wait.
“As the world globalises, unprecedented numbers of people are moving across borders. Government immigration processes are unresponsive, which is fueling anxiety. We aim to humanise the process and create solutions.” Petra Playfair, Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Playfair offers visa and migration services to skilled individuals, executives, multinationals and refugees seeking to live in the Australasian or Schengen zones. Founded 30 years ago by Petra Playfair, the business initially advised executives and private firms, though held the long-term vision of also advising refugees seeking a safe haven.
“Our mission is to provide the care and services needed for our residents to live their best life by focusing on overarching wellness and delivering exemplary person-centred care”. Viv Padman, Executive Director
Caring for the elderly is something husband and wife duo, Viv and Florence Padman, have in common. They created Premier Health Care to provide quality aged care and enrich customers’ lives through exceptional nursing, caring and catering services, all in luxurious living environments.
“We provide a cost-effective, environmentally friendly service that can help businesses save money and increase productivity in a socially responsible way, whilst supporting local jobs and manufacturing.” Lisa Spark, Director
From manufacturing to distribution, Quality Printers & Cartridges (QPC) provides environmentally conscious services to suit the printing needs of small and medium Australian business. The team remanufactures genuine cartridges - which can be reused and refilled multiple times - thus lowering costs by up to 43 percent for its clients.
“The most gratifying aspect of our work is knowing that our desserts leave our customers feeling good. They’re good for them, the environment and also for those who make them.” Cristiana Anca, Founder & Owner
Started by Cristiana Anca in her home kitchen, Raw by Chris makes delicious vegan goods that are filled with wholefoods, such as nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables, and contain no preservatives. Since inception in 2015, the business has grown from supplying the local cafe to now serving 130 outlets across metro and regional Western Australia.
“We're here to be a different kind of business – one that can be proud of how it exists in the world and of the BBQ trail it leaves behind as it forges ahead.” Melissa Goffin, Managing Director and Owner
Red Gum BBQ is a barbecue and beer hall in Red Hill, Victoria, well known and loved for its authentic Southern-style food, Victorian craft beer and regional wines. In a former truck mechanic’s warehouse, diners can watch pitmasters expertly prepare meat across three giant smokers.
“We help businesses grow, scale, and compete on a global market as painlessly as possible through offering a unique blend of business and marketing insight with technology know-how and support.” Ryan Jones, Managing Director
Refuel Creative is a marketing and technology company, led by Managing Director Ryan Jones. It provides businesses of any size clarity on where they’re making their money, what is and isn’t growing, and their return on investment.
“We are inspired on a daily basis by the young people who are seeking to further expand their employment opportunities, future pathways and personal development, and we are there to help achieve them.” Rebecca Paris, Managing Director
Since 2012, Rebecca Paris has led Rejuven8 Consulting, which assists, mentors and helps with the ongoing development of disadvantaged youth, Indigenous South Australians and those with disabilities. Rejuven8 provides a variety of relevant training options including practical life skills, workplace literacy and numeracy, real-world workplace training and employment opportunities, predominantly within the hospitality industry.
“For more than ten years, we’ve partnered with countless businesses to create digital marketing strategies that achieve great results.” Alexandra Gannon, General Manager
Reload Media is a digital marketing agency focused on intimately understanding its clients’ business and developing customised marketing strategies to meet their business goals. Tactics include overarching digital strategy, pay-per-click marketing, search engine optimisation, social media and everything in between.
“We want to create fresher and cleaner quality wine for our customers in a way that is convenient and environmentally friendly.” Joe Cook, Co-Founder and Managing Director
Aimed at reinventing the wine experience, Riot Wine Co produces wine in stainless-steel kegs and offers a range of quality wines in 250ml cans. Co-Founders, Joe Cook and Tom O’Donnell were inspired to create a unique wine experience, making wine more portable and eliminating the need for glassware, and providing a more sustainable product.
“Our vision is to build a community through the movement of barre, pilates and yoga, motivating and supporting people on their fitness and wellness path.” Jeni Watson, Business Owner
Roaming Zen started as a casual business hosting wine and yoga events in the vineyards of the Adelaide Hills. When demand reached an all time high, owner Jeni Watson launched Roaming Zen Barre, Pilates & Yoga Studio.
“Our mission has always been conservation through experience. We show visitors our fascinating history and stunning wildlife and we provide a connection with nature and marine conservation for them.” Jim Smith, Director
Sea Darwin is a marine-based tourism company providing tours and cruises of Darwin Harbour and Bare Sand Island. Supporting ecologically sustainable tourism, the team is fostering environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation. The tours include an enchanting visit to the nesting grounds of the flatback sea turtles.
“We want to showcase the beauty of Kangaroo Island to our guests, while creating unique memories that will last a lifetime.” Steve Lane, Proprietor
With a mutual love of travel, husband and wife duo Steve and Gail Lane opened Sea Dragon Lodge, a luxury boutique retreat on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Selecting the best features from the many great hotels they experienced during their travels, the team has created a unique Australian experience in a five-star setting.
“We combine natural nootropics and ingredients in a tasty drink with low sugar and no artificial preservatives or sweeteners, providing a healthy option that helps people stay mentally alert and productive.” Steve Chapman, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Shine Drink offers a range of nootropic beverages, healthy, low-sugar drinks aimed at helping people think brighter, and feel more productive. Nootropics are ingredients to fuel the mind, in a similar way that probiotics (found in Kombucha) are good for the gut.
“We pride ourselves on providing the very best in financial services and advice to both individuals and businesses.” Kris Simmons, Director
Simmons Livingstone and Associates is a professional accounting and financial planning firm working to break the traditional model of accounting services. The company provides effective accounting, financial and tax agent advice to both businesses and individuals.
“Helping brands stand out today and stay relevant is a job always worth doing. We do this by staying human-centric in our thinking, even if our delivery is decidedly digital.” Dena Vassallo, Founder & Managing Director
Society was born out of a need to change the future of public relations and marketing agencies from being profit and awards focused to becoming more human-centric. Founder Dena Vassallo created the marketing and PR business in 2017 with the promise of delivering business impact for its clients.
“After 24 years in the insurance claims industry, I saw far too many instances of people being poorly treated, so we now aim to do something to make a difference.” David Keane, Chief Executive Officer
Solve My Claim works with consumers trying to navigate insurance claims who are all too often caught in difficult situations that they cannot understand. Solve My Claim takes social justice seriously and exists to support all Australians in respect to their insurance claims.
“Our vision is to create a global responder network to address personal safety, putting help by a member's side anywhere in the world within 20 minutes through our dedicated app.” Craig Cowdrey, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Sonder is a personal safety monitoring and response company, founded and led by proven performers from across the military, government and top-tier technology companies. The business uses cutting-edge technology to mobilise spare capacity among ex and off-duty emergency services personnel to make safety and support services accessible to everyone.
“Southern Wild Distillery's aim is to bring together and showcase the natural beauty, ingredients and producers of Tasmania and its spirits.” George Burgess, Co-Founder
Based in Devonport, Southern Wild Distillery produces spirits, primarily gins, using locally grown and produced ingredients wherever possible. The business’ vision is to create alcoholic spirits with a ‘Tasmanian spirit’. Sold under the brand Dasher + Fisher, the products celebrate small local growers and the beautiful seasonal imperfections of real, local ingredients.
“Our key strength lies in our ability to provide people-centred solutions that are focused on helping businesses seize opportunities and do what they do best.” Giovanna Lever, Managing Director
Sparrowly Group is a leader in agile change management, adept at delivering commercial and social results for its clients. They work with clients to develop an integrated approach to commercial strategy, data analysis, stakeholder management and negotiation, marketing and development programs.
“Our mission is to inspire tomorrow’s innovators and to enable a mindset based on innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship - solving tomorrow’s problems today.” Michael Holmstrom, Program Director
STEM Punks provides world-leading STEM education programs for students and teachers in primary and secondary schools with learning outcomes linked to the curriculum. Its programs are developed to enable a mindset of innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship to inspire tomorrow's innovators.
“We are a successful small business that is teaching and inspiring the next generation of scientists for the future. We have so far impacted more than half a million Australian students.” Steven Liddell, Director
Born out of a need to change the traditional way of teaching science, Steve Liddell founded Street Science in 2012. The team creates a range of powerful demonstrations, workshops and stage shows with a focus on engaging and inspiring students to study the senior sciences.
“Our vision is to bring a fresh, digitally driven and client-focused recruitment alternative to the Adelaide market.” Andrew Sullivan, Managing Director
Inspired to break the mould of traditional recruitment agencies, Andrew Sullivan founded Sullivan Consulting in 2017. With a creative and innovative approach to meet their clients needs, the team creates bespoke video job advertisements and targeted social media advertising to find the perfect fit.
“Giving our customers simple ways to support the environment and create a positive impact with their dollars, is our number one priority.” Charlie Thompson, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
The Clean Collective unites the planet’s best products, ideas and experts on one online platform. It sells natural, organic and eco-friendly personal care, cleaning and reusable products and publishes information on how to live a healthier, more sustainable life on its blog.
“We are a passionate and dedicated pharmacy and health professionals team, intent on creating wellness by tailoring individual treatment, using pure ingredients and innovative therapies.” Mary-Louise Condon, Owner and Head Clinical Pharmacist
The Compounding Lab collaborates with mainstream medical and health mind practitioners to provide prescribed personalised vitamins and nutrients for clients and create optimum wellness in their health journey. The company was built with the vision to create wellness solutions, anti-ageing formulas and longevity protocols for the community.
“Our main goal is to prevent disease, maximise quality of life and keep patients out of hospital, while setting them up for success with the assistance of doctors.” Dr Phillip Wuth, CEO
The Doctor's Kitchen Australia offers a doctor-prescribed medical weight loss meal program. Aiming to reduce the prevalence of obesity, diabetes and lifestyle-based diseases, this business works with Australian general practitioners to address these illnesses in at-risk patients before they even become apparent.
“Inspired by the social disconnectedness of the community, we wanted to strip this pub back to what it once was - a place of belonging and community.” Simone Dougal, Chief Executive Officer
Originally built in 1858, The Duke of Brunswick Hotel is a socially inclusive and diverse venue in the heart of Adelaide. Led by Simone Dougal, the venue has become a community hub creating economic and social benefits to the Adelaide community.
“We provide easy access to handmade Australian-designed products, and give creators with a community-oriented platform a place to showcase and sell their goods.” Fiona Lester, Co-Owner
Inspired by the community atmosphere of weekend markets where she sold her handmade creations, Fiona Lester was drawn to the idea of a brick-and-mortar store to give herself and other talented creators a more permanent space to showcase their craft. Two years on, The Markets Wanniassa is now a bustling retail space featuring an extensive range of Australian-made products.
“We aim to help individuals discover their potential, learn critical life skills, and create a healthy vision for the future. We’re working to create a world where all communities thrive.” Dr Arne Rubinstein, Founder & Chief Executive Officer
The Rites of Passage Institute aims to support young adults to be motivated and inspired about the future. They work globally with schools, communities and indigenous groups, and create in-depth training programs, seminars and camps. Their work is designed to help young people discover their passion, become more responsible and strengthen family relationships.
“We empower Australian families, communities and businesses to choose a sustainable future with confidence.” David Cervelli, Founder and Managing Director
The Solar Power Co. helps Australian families, communities and businesses save on their energy costs by switching to solar-generated and other renewable energy solutions. It works with customers to provide access to government incentives - financial and other - and education to make more informed decisions about their energy options.
“Our vibrant community is focused on fostering and supporting tech startups to engage with new technologies to create global businesses in the media, entertainment, communications, music, games and creative industries.” Chantal Abouchar, Founder/Chief Executive Officer
The Studio, a not-for-profit media-tech incubator, aims to support and foster startup and scaleup businesses using technology across the media, entertainment, communications, design, games, sound and creative industries. It also supports the development of the health and education industries using advanced new digital media tools and technologies including virtual reality, augmented reality and wearable computing.
“We change the way Australians view and consume fashion by making it possible for anyone to access designer pieces that can be worn again and again by different people.” Dr Genevieve Hohnen, Co-Founder
The Volte is an online fashion rental marketplace, founded by four Perth women who wanted to offer others the opportunity to profit from the designer clothes sitting idle in their closets. The Volte encourages women to view designer fashion as a real investment and earn a passive income by renting their beautiful dresses to other women.
“Our mission is to equip parents with the tools and strategies they need to encourage positive behaviours with their children, and to support them in maintaining a more functional lifestyle.” Funda Yolal, Director
Filling the gap in the market for more pragmatic and quality in-home therapy, Tiny Terrors is a mobile psychology service providing families with compassionate parenting and behavioural support. Proudly owned and operated by dedicated psychologist and mother-of-three, Funda Yolal, Tiny Terrors facilitates a positive parenthood journey by sharing evidence-based, professional techniques and strategies.
“We provide a fully integrated approach to supply chain, property and project management. Harnessing our expertise, we help businesses thrive.” Travis Erridge, Director
TM Insight is a specialist consultancy firm bringing together industry experience in supply chain optimisation, property advisory and project management to help businesses adapt and thrive.
“We strive to deliver to our customers the most efficient and timely service in the electrical and mechanical field while maintaining value, integrity and safety”. Andrew Armstrong, Director
Top End Race is a Northern Territory owned and operated business that specialises in electrical and mechanical trade services. With a team of more than 40 highly skilled and motivated trade and support personnel, the business provides electrical, refrigeration and air conditioning services to a clientele ranging from pubs and restaurants to schools, medical practices, farms and the industry sector.
“We aim to create unforgettable memories for our customers, while becoming a benchmark for zipline operators and the wider tourism industry.” David Taylor, General Manager
Led by the Taylor family, the TreeTop Challenge offers a zip-line tour and a treetop adventure through the forests of Queensland’s Tamborine Mountain, Currumbin and the Sunshine Coast. Striving to create long-lasting memories for their customers, they monitor global trends in adventure tourism to ensure they continue to fly ahead of the market.
“We provide customers with pest management solutions and a pest-free environment, while balancing our commitment to our social and environmental responsibilities.” Tudor Vasile, Director
With more than 20 years’ experience in the pest control industry, brothers Tudor & Wesley Vasile lead Trusted Pest Management. The company specialises in providing a family-friendly pest control service that keeps homes and businesses pest-free all year long.
“Type 1 diabetes is complex, isolating and unrelenting. People who live with it need considerable support. We help them and their families face the challenges of the condition with confidence.” Bec Johnson, Chief Executive Officer
Responding to the compelling need for better health outcomes for people with type 1 diabetes, the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre changes lives by offering a holistic approach to care. Opened in Perth in 2015, the Family Centre provides community-based clinical care alongside social and family support for people of all ages.
“Gaining residential planning approval has become a real urban challenge - it takes months of back and forth. So, we’ve simplified the entire process and made it more affordable for everyone.’’ Tom Young, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
uDrew is an innovative platform allowing homeowners and contractors to manage their own custom building project from start to finish. Projects are drawn 100% digitally, all quantities and costs are calculated in real time and materials are available to order at the click of a button.
“Our business stems from the desire to disrupt an industry by making every step of the journey simpler while also making the most of technology advances.” Paley Ho, Founder
Unios designs and manufactures architectural lighting. Founder Paley Ho had a vision to build an internationally recognised lighting brand from Perth that could challenge an industry traditionally dominated by a handful of players based on the East coast and globally.
“We want to revolutionise the way industrial companies operate and protect their most valuable assets - their people.” Penni Tastula, Business Consultant
Darwin-based startup, Universal Site Monitoring produces Australian designed and manufactured safety monitoring devices through Internet of Things technology for industrial businesses. USM aims to disrupt the market by building the next generation of safety devices and transforming worker protection on a global scale.
“We’re committed to creating opportunities for Gija artists and the community. We take pride in maintaining, preserving and adhering to the cultural protocols of our elders.” Gabriel Nodea, Director
Located in rural Western Australia, 200km south of Kununurra, Warmun Art Centre celebrates and encourages the expression of Gija culture through the arts and supports the continued development of innovative, contemporary art by both established and emerging Warmun artists. One hundred per cent of its income returns to the community enterprise and artists.
“Our vision is to break the unreliable tradesperson stereotype by providing the most honest and ethical residential and strata plumbing services with the highest levels of customer service.” Tom Martin, Director
Owner Tom Martin sought to defy the lazy tradesperson stereotype and frequent second-rate work standard within the industry through his customer-first plumbing, drainage and gas-fitting company, Water Tight Canberra. Constant communication with clients as well as team training and collaboration form the backbone of this small yet successful business.
“Through specialised and innovative digital marketing strategies individually tailored to every client, we strive to redefine digital success and create new opportunities for business growth.” Shuey Shujab, Chief Executive Officer
Founder Shuey Shujab created Whitehat Agency, an all-round digital marketing service embedding values of ethics, innovation and excellence, to help small businesses expand their reach, brand awareness and marketing capability.
“In our multi-generational family wine business, we don’t confine excellence to our vineyards or our winery but we relentlessly pursue excellence across every aspect of our business everyday.” Richard Dolan, Chief Executive Officer
Wines by Geoff Hardy is a family-owned and operated business run by Geoff Hardy, a fifth-generation member of one of Australia’s most famous wine families, the Hardys. Today, Wines by Geoff Hardy produces around 1.7 million bottles of premium wines each year, all produced in the country’s ‘wine capital', South Australia - which is home to 80% of all premium Australian wine.
“As a business, we share our customers’ focus on quality delivery, continuous improvement to safety in the workplace and an ongoing commitment to reducing our environmental impact.” Max Nicholson, General Manager
Winnellie Hydraulics is a family owned and operated business, providing specialised hydraulic, pneumatic and gas process support to the energy, mining and industrial sectors. Based in Darwin, the business specialises in the supply of critical daily needs as well as maintenance, calibration and other specialist support services.
“No two organisations are the same. So, we created technology that is radically adaptable and can help the most wildly different of organisations, industries and workplaces, regardless of their requirements.” Dr Jeremy Nunn, Founder and Director
Work Metrics is a technology company that builds highly intelligent software tools and apps to help businesses engage and manage their employees, contractors and visitors. Working with 600 large organisations around the world, it is counting more than 1.1 million users to date, who use the platform for staff induction, supplier management, incident reports, and workers’ safety.
“It is incredibly satisfying to offer clients an evidence-based approach and advice that will have a positive impact, not only on the business but also on individuals within the workplace.” Dr Julie West, Principal
Established in 1996 and led by Dr Julie West, Workplace Research Associates is an organisational psychology consulting firm with the aim of being the ‘psychology behind better business’. It researches best practice in all aspects of people at work, and consults with businesses to help them get the best out of their workforce.
“We pride ourselves on providing our guests with an authentic country escape that is sustainable and eco-friendly.” Kelly Petering, Owner
Inspired by the love of travel and nature, Yea Peppercorn Hotel is a beautiful historic hotel that aims to deliver an authentic and unique experience for travellers and the local community. Built in the 1860s, the hotel is a treasure trove of original features, with the ambience and warmth of a bygone era. It features an a-la-carte restaurant, garden and boutique accommodation.