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.

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 Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards will be announced at a special gala event on Friday 11 November at Victoria Park where you will meet likeminded people and create opportunities through collaboration.

The night is a fantastic opportunity to gather your colleagues, friends and family to celebrate your business success. Enjoy a three-course meal with drinks and party the night away with DJ Georgie Baby.




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 of the Year. 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 2016 Brisbane Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

As part of our commitment to advancing Brisbane's entrepreneurial community, finalists will be in the running to receive some amazing rewards to elevate their business to the next level.

One-on-one mentoring session with Steve Baxter.

The tech pioneer is behind Pipe Networks, which was sold to TPG in 2001 for $373 million, as well as an active supporter of startups having founded River City Labs. The straight-talking Shark Tank judge is not afraid to tell you what you need to hear.

12-month membership at River City Labs.

Brisbane's premier technology co-working community is a hive of activity and collaboration. With more than 100 members, from early stage startups to established entrepreneurs, you're sure to be inspired.

Half-day strategy session with Blue Sky Venture Capital.

The investment arm of ASX-listed Blue Sky Alternative Investments specialises in securing early and late stage venture capital to drive growth. Backed by a diverse portfolio, Blue Sky's guidance will propel your business into the stratosphere.

One-on-one mentoring session with Dr Glen Richards.

With more than half of Australian households owning a furry family member, Greencross Vets is a name few would be unfamiliar with. The ASX-listed company is the brainchild of Dr Glen Richards, with the veterinarian driving a $338 million merger with Mammoth Pet Holdings in 2013. The newest Shark Tank judge is passionate about helping businesses add scale.

HLB Mann Judd networking night.

All finalists will be invited to attend an evening of networking with key industry leaders hosted by the award-winning chartered accounting firm on November 3. The Q&A discussions will ensure you are equipped with the knowledge to help you and your business grow.

To be eligible to enter, nominees must have started the business, be based in Brisbane and born 1976 or later.

Nominations are now closed.

Read about the 2015 Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Winners here.





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