BRISBANE'S TOP ENTREPRENEURS UNDER 40 REVEALED: 1-5
11 October 2017, Written by Ben Hall, Paris Faint, David Simmons, Yasmin Bonnell, Amanda Williams
HERE is the top 5 in our 40 under 40 Young Entrepreneurs Brisbane who represent the Australia's most inspiring young business people from a variety of industries.
Our top 40 entrepreneurs and business leaders under the age of 40 have all built a thriving business, delivered innovation, led social change or have an idea that will change lives.
Queensland Chief Entrepreneur Mark Sowerby, the Blue Sky Alternative Investments founder who steps down from the role in October, has labelled Brisbane's startup and scaleup scene as a 'tsunami of talent' that is well prepared to take on the world.
"Each year, more and more talent keeps coming through in the River City and the quality of what's being started here is quite staggering," Sowerby says.
"In the past few years in particular, entrepreneurship has really taken off and this tsunami of talent is really about to make its mark here and overseas."
Business News Australia managing editor Camilla Jansen has congratulated this year's crop of outstanding entrepreneurs which made the top 40.
"This year was incredibly competitive and brilliantly diverse, and every one that made the list should be congratulated and proud of their achievements," she says
"The quality of the entrepreneurs gets better and better across all sectors, and this shows just how much talent is coming through in Brisbane.
"They are the young people who are the future of business, and they are the ones that will drive jobs growth and wealth creation - if you haven't heard of these entrepreneurs before, you certainly will."
The top 5 provides an insight into Brisbane's diverse startup and scaleup ecosystem and feature entrepreneurs who've changed recruitment, delivered innovative IT products and also includes a relative newcomer to the building industry.
1. Steve Scanlan, 34
Recon Solutions, Recon Technology, Reeb Fitness, Recon Executive, 2013
AS A FORMER executive at a global recruitment company, Scanlan was sick of seeing people treated like a dollar sign, so he launched Recon Solutions.
2. Ben Bradshaw, 34
HE was the 2016 Brisbane Young Entrepreneur winner in the Digital category, and 2017 has been digital marketing guru Ben Bradshaw's biggest growth year since he launched SponsoredLinx.
3. Brett Boulton
LIKE father like son, Brett Boulton went into business following in his father's footsteps and he established his own residential building company in 2010.
4. Karl Brown
WHEN Karl Brown decided to go out on a limb and start his own solar company he only had $2,500 to play with.
5. Peter Ward, 38
WARDY Group, 2004
FOR the past 12 months, Peter Ward has focused on taking his tech empire into the US and this has helped him drive revenue growth of around 20 per cent for the 2016-17 financial year.