The Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards recognise the city's top business founders who have contributed to economic prosperity, challenged the status quo or pioneered social change.

Join a stellar cast of Young Entrepreneur alumni who have leveraged their business through the Awards. They share the same strain of passion, eye for innovation and desire to leave a legacy. The most exciting thing is they call Brisbane home.

The Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards is the city's premier initiative connecting you to fellow entrepreneurs, with the purpose of leveraging your business. The Awards essentially give you a little black book with the most important contacts in the city.

The search for a new league of entrepreneurs will commence in July 2017. Sign up to receive e-news updates, including the 2017 Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards nominations callout, here.

Award categories:

Retail & Services

Covering both the bricks and clicks space, this category highlights excellence in retail and retail services direct to the consumer.

Hospitality & Tourism

Apply now if you own a venue that attracts the social set, a restaurant that may be the city's best kept secret, manage successful events or contribute to Brisbane's tourism industry.


This category encompasses companies that have mastered digital marketing channels and delivered services that significantly raise their client's profiles.


Companies with inventive software or hardware solutions in the IT and electronics space that change how consumers operate should enter this category.

Property & Construction

Brisbane's ever-changing skyline spells big business for the local economy. If you are enriching the development of the city, enter now.

Professional Services

Professionals across all disciplines including media, law, recruitment and finance are given the opportunity to shine in this category.

Manufacturing, Wholesale & Distribution

This category celebrates young entrepreneurs who are pushing above their weight in a sector that is considered the backbone of the supply chain for the broader economy.

Marketing & Events

Entrepreneurs who have made a name for themselves forging creative and new ways to promote a product, service or event are encouraged to enter.

Social Entrepreneur

Are you solving social issues or driving social change? This category is aimed at young talent using innovative initiatives to support the community.


Introducing the startup category for entrepreneurs that are in the early stages of developing a vision. The business is brimming with potential, uses technology to scale and has been operating for 24 months or less.


All nominees in the above categories will be up for Trailblazer award. The award recognises an entrepreneur that has achieved exponential growth in a short period of time and is destined for global success.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Each of the category winners will be in the running to win the coveted title of Brisbane Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

2016 Brisbane Young Entrepreneur of the Year Jordan Grives, Fonebox

To be eligible to enter, nominees must have started the business, be based in Brisbane and born 1977 or later.

Read about the 2016 Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Winners here.

Previous winners

Young Entrepreneur of The Year Jordan Grives, Fonebox
Trailblazer Ben Markwell, Inselec
Digital Ben Bradshaw, Sponsoredlinx
Hospitality & Tourism Ben Doolan, Fivepointfour
Marketing, Pr & Events Matt Holme, Mywork
Professional Services Steve Scanlan, Recon Solutions
Retail & Services Lee Hovey & Tara-Jay Rimmer, The Van That Can
Manufacturing, Wholesale & Distribution Mathew Stillone, Protein Supplies Australia
Technology Jordan Grives, Fonebox
Startup Braden Voigt, Sixpivot
Social Entrepreneur Anthony Radaza, Zombie Walk Australia

Young Entrepreneur of The Year; Grant Wechsel, One Key Resources
Trailblazer; Aimee And Mark Engelmann, Beepo
Technology; Adam Gilmore And Guy Mckenzie, Pharmadata
Retail And Services; Dominic Holland, Tow.Com.Au
Manufacturing Wholesale and Distribution; Mathew Stillone, Protein Supplies Australia
Hospitality; Bonnie Shearston And Tom Sanceau, Public, Red Hook, Coppa Spuntino And London Fields
Digital; Ben Bradshaw, Sponsoredlinx
Marketing And Event; Takeshi Takada, Alt.Vfx
Property And Construction; Alice And Justin Hagen, Calibre Real Estate
Social Entrepreneur; John Corry And Ross Hayward, 50-50 Foundation

Young Entrepreneur of The Year; Robert Rowe, T Projects
Trailblazer; Vanessa Garrard (E3 Style)
Property and Construction Robert Rowe (Tu Projects)
Manufacturing, Wholesale and Distribution; Phillip Di Bella (Di Bella Coffee)
Technology; Ben Shipley (Comscentre)
Digital; Llew Jury (Reload Media)
Marketing, Promotions and Events; Ben Johnston (Josephmark)
Retail And Services; Sarah Timmerman (Beginning Boutique)
Professional Services; Grant Wechsel (One Key Resources)

Young Entrepreneur of The Year; Anthony Yap And Hahn Lu, Good Price Pharmacy
Highly Commended; Phillip Di Bella, Di Bella Coffee
Trailblazer; Leigh Storr, Biosolar

Young Entrepreneur of The Year; Anthony Yap, Good Price Pharmacy
Highly Commended; Phillip Di Bella, Di Bella Coffee
Trailblazer; Andrew Northcott, Labour Solutions Australia

Young Entrepreneur of The Year; Quynh Anh Le Noja Power
Highly Commended; Phillip Di Bella, Di Bella Coffee
Trailblazer; Bevan Slattery Next DC

Young Entrepreneur of The Year; Phillip Di Bella, Di Bella Coffee
Highly Commended; Scott Geiszler And Anthony Russo Of Pizza Capers

Young Entrepreneur of The Year; Bevan Slattery, PIPE Networks










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