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

A highlight on the social calendar, the Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards provide a unique opportunity to engage with some of the city's most successful young business leaders who are turning their innovative ideas into reality and forging new paths.

Join a stellar crowd of Young Entrepreneurs who call the Gold Coast home - sharing the same strain of passion, eye for innovation and desire to leave a legacy. 

As the city's premier initiative connecting fellow entrepreneurs, the Gold Young Entrepreneur Awards help leverage business.

The search for a new league of entrepreneurs will commence in July 2017. Sign up to receive e-news updates, including the 2017 Gold Coast 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 & Events

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 the Gold Coast's tourism industry.

Digital & Technology

This category encompasses companies that have mastered digital marketing channels or inventive software or hardware solutions in the IT and electronics space.

Property & Construction

The Gold Coast'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.

Health & Fitness

This category recognises those flexing their muscles in the health and fitness industry, from personal trainers to gym owners and nutritionists.

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.

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.

Young Professional of the Year

You don't need to be the founder or manager of a business to enter this category. We are seeking young professionals who are making great strides in their career and have contributed greatly to the success of the business they work for.  This award is brought to you by YP Gold Coast - an organisation dedicated to growing the city's corporate culture.


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

This award recognises the city's most ambitious young entrepreneur who has carved out their own unique place in the business community.  The winner is a game changer, riding on stellar success, and possesses determination and dedication that is enabling them to thrive in their industry.

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

Read about the 2016 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Winners here.

Sponsorship opportunities available.

Do you want to reach the next generation of business leaders, who are under 40 and the founder of a successful business?

Contact us on on 07 5575 7400 or email to discuss how you can get your brand associated with this prestigious event.








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