2015 BRISBANE YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS REVEALED
26 October 2015, Written by Brisbane Business News
THE battle of the young entrepreneurs has been fought and won, and in 2015 it was an innovative leader bucking the trend in a struggling mining recruitment sector that has won the day.
2015 Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Category Winners
In a bid to eliminate the stigma attached to offshore staffing, Aimee and Mark Engelmann launched Beepo. The outsourcing firm has recorded significant growth in less than two years by focusing purely on the Australian market.
Recognising a gap in the pharmaceutical industry, Adam Gilmore and Guy McKenzie developed software to track performance using live analytics. PharmaData has become a global tour de force, securing partnerships with pharmacy chains across Australia, France and Japan. >
Dominic Holland has an intense entrepreneurial spirit. He once challenged Qantas, but now he's hit the road with Tow.com.au, revving up the 'old-school' towing industry with first-of-its-kind technology.
Mathew Stillone has almost gone full circle, from growing up on an organic farm to working in the pharmaceutical industry, to now running a business that is about 'natural nutrition without the crap'.
After making the move from London, Bonnie Shearston and Tom Sanceau have served up a fusion of restaurants in Brisbane. From fine dining, New York street food, Italian share-plates to a British gastropub, the dynamic duo are hands-on across each venue.
Ben Bradshaw isn't only a first-mover, he's also a fast-mover. The former magician and two-time Guinness World Record Holder is about to pull off his greatest magic trick yet, taking on Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the US with his search and social business, while on a 50 per cent growth trajectory.
If you have seen a cool TV ad that brings life to the surreal, chances are it was created by Alt.vfx. Wanting to push their creative boundaries, Takeshi Takada and his business partner Colin Renshaw took a leap of faith and scored the Tooheys Nocturnal Migration campaign. The studio now boasts clients from all over the globe, backed by an office in Sydney.
Refusing to settle for subpar service in the industry, Alice and Justin Hagen decided to build their own agency. Calibre Real Estate is now one of the fastest growing businesses in Australia. Hailing from forensic biology and aircraft engineering backgrounds, the dynamic duo opened a dedicated marketing office in China last year to lure investors to Brisbane.
John Corry came across the concept behind 50-50 Foundation on his honeymoon. Tickets are sold at major sporting events, with the prize pool split between the winner and a charity. He shared the idea with his mate Ross Hayward, and the pair spent three years lobbying the government.
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The 2015 Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Awards would not have been possible without the support of sponsors including Telstra Business Centre Milton, Bond University, HLB Mann Judd, IT Leaders, Cullens, Queensland Cricketers' Club, Blue Shadow Group and Robina Group.