ARE YOU THE NEXT YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR?

Written on the 4 October 2010

ARE YOU THE NEXT YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR?

In a city that lends itself to enterprise and creativity, it was only logical that Brisbane Business News was inundated with applications for the inaugural 2009 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. It was also no surprise that the quality of the candidates was high, but only the best could be finalists and only one company could win.

While many of the candidates came from abroad to try their luck in Brisbane's entrepreneurs playground, last years winner Bevan Slattery came from Rockhampton.

Slattery started PIPE Networks (PWK) with his mate Steve Baxter in 2002 with the goal to make enough revenue to go fishing every Friday, but his desire to bring a more competitive landscape to the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure outweighed his will to catch fish in the end.

Last year Slattery completed a $200 million undersea cable from Sydney to Guam that has the potential to double Australia’s international internet connectivity. The celebrations continued for Slattery when shortly after the award ceremony, PWK was sold to telco giant SP Telemedia for $373 million. The founder remains at the company's helm as CEO to this day.

Hot on the heels of PIPE Networks for the top award last year were a number of finalists who exhibited qualities to be celebrated. Scott Geiszler and Anthony Russo of Pizza Capers have shown the panache to take on a market with very large dominant players, but found their niche with a nutritious product and an aggressive growth strategy.

Then you have Wayne Ormond from Refund Home Loans, who succeeded in the financial sector when the world was in financial crisis.

But this is just a sample of the innovative ideas and businesses that Brisbane’s young entrepreneurs have to offer.

Are you the next Brisbane Business News Young Entrepreneur of the Year?

CLICK HERE to be redirected to the Young Entrepreneur of the Year home page and fill out an entry form to be a part of this extraordinary issue.


Latest News

NEW CLASS OF EDUCATION NURTURES ENTREPRENEURS OF TOMORROW

THE rise in youth unemployment has affirmed the importance of entrepreneurship education, and south-east Queenslan...

DUET GROUP SUBJECT OF $7.3 BILLION TAKEOVER OFFER

HONG Kong's Cheung Kong Infrastructure has launched a $7.3 billion cash bid for one of Australia's largest en...

G8 SHARES BUOYED BY FORECAST PROFIT RECOVERY

CHILDCARE centre operator G8 Education (ASX:GEM) has revealed it is on track to post a pre-tax profit of up to $16...

BELLAMY'S FINDS EXPORTING BABY FORMULA INTO CHINA IS NO CHILD'S PLAY

BELLAMY'S (ASX: BAL) shares have suffered a 40 per cent drop in value today after the company hit a regulatory...

Related News

JB HI-FI IS THE GOOD GUY IN $870 MILLION ACQUISITION

ELECTRONICS giant JB Hi-Fi has formally completed its $870 million acquisition of home appliance chain The Good Gu...

ACCC ACTS AGAINST MERITON'S RIGGED REVIEWS

MERITON Property Services is under fire from Australia's main consumer watchdog, after it allegedly engaged in mi...

ACCC FIRES WARNING SHOT TO IVF PROVIDERS

IVF clinics have been put on notice by consumer watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC...

BIG W CEO QUITS AFTER 11 MONTHS

SALLY MacDonald has resigned as chief executive of BIG W ending her tenure at the helm of the struggling discount ...

Contact us

Email News Update Sign Up Contact Details

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Email Format

PO Box 2087
Brisbane QLD 4001

LoginTell a FriendSign Up to Newsletter