This is your opportunity to hit the headlines in front of a national audience.

Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards and Gold Coast Young Professional Award celebrate the success of young home-grown talent who are turning their innovative ideas into reality and forging new paths.

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 the Gold Coast home. 

Gold Coast 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. 

Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards will culminate in a special gala event on Friday 21 October at Jupiters Hotel & Casino where you will meet likeminded people, forge relationships and create opportunities through collaboration.

If you are or know an enterprising Gold Coast entrepreneur, nominate now.


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 2016 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur of the Year.            

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

Nominations close on Sunday 11 September.

Read about the 2015 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Winners here.







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