CELEBRATING THE CHAMPION OF BUSINESS

2024 Awards Sponsors

2024 Awards Program

CommBank Young Hero Awards entries have now closed for 2024. 

2024 Winners

Meet Our Compère

Tony Nikolakopoulos is a Greek Australian film, theatre and television actor. He is best known for his work in the films of Nick Giannopoulos, The Wog Boy and The Wannabes, and for his role as Attilio in the television series Scooter: Secret Agent. He has also performed in stage plays, including Cafe Rebetika in 2009. Tony was born in Melbourne and is a much loved actor across Australia.

Awards Timeline

Nominations
Open

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8 May

Awards
Dinner

28 May 2024

2024 Awards Category

6 Individual / Entrepreneur Awards

Entrepreneur of the Year

Sponsored by

WINNER

Michael Ramsey

STRONG PILATES

FINALISTS

Simplyai
Pretzel
Strong Pilates

Rising Star Award

Sponsored by

WINNER

Mia Plecic

SLICKHAIR

FINALISTS

Sprout Organic
SLICKHAIR
LBDO

Innovator of the Year

Sponsored by

WINNER

Shoaib Iqbal

Esper Satellite Imagery

FINALISTS

LUMOS
SprintSuite
Esper Satellite Imagery

Sustainable Entrepreneur Award

Sponsored by

WINNER

Julia Kay

Great Wrap

FINALISTS

CoLabs Australia
Femme Organic
Great Wrap

Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year

Sponsored by

WINNER

Ruby Heard

Alinga Energy Consulting

FINALISTS

Yaala Sparkling
Alinga Energy Consulting
Sarra Creative

Social Impact Entrepreneur

Sponsored by

WINNER

Angelique Wan

Consent Labs

FINALISTS

Foodfilled Inc
Consent Labs
SISTERWOULD

Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year

Inspiring others with exceptional leadership and business success while driving the Indigenous economy and community forward.

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JUDGING CRITERIA

Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year

Judging criteria:

  • Evidence of industry leadership: Demonstrates leadership in the Indigenous economy and broader business community with evidence of thought-leadership, advocacy, and mentorship and making a positive impact in the market.    
  • Evidence of driving the indigenous economy: Demonstrate strong financial performance, including metrics such as revenue growth, profitability, jobs creation, and market share and evidence of a growing customer base. 
  • Successful business strategy: include a clear and concise business plan that outlines the company’s vision, mission, future plans and values, as well as a strategy for achieving its goals.

Social Impact Entrepreneur of the Year

Awarded to an entrepreneur who is leading a business making a strong positive impact with an innovative approach to solving social problems.

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JUDGING CRITERIA

Social Impact Entrepreneur of the Year

Judging criteria:

  • Evidence of social impact and goals: Evidence of a clear and concise social impact mission and goals, this could include metrics such as number of people served, social problems addressed, and/or environmental impact. 
  • Evidence of successful social enterprise initiatives: could include examples of social enterprise initiatives, such as fair-trade practices, employment opportunities for disadvantaged groups, or investments in sustainable technologies. 
  • Proof of strong, successful leadership: Evidence of the entrepreneur’s successful leadership of their social enterprise. This could include metrics such as business growth, employee satisfaction, and customer satisfaction. 

Retail Leader of the Year

Demonstrating strong leadership and excellence in the retail space through exceptional business planning and execution.
JUDGING CRITERIA

Retail Leader of the Year

Judging criteria:

  • Evidence of a successful retail business: Demonstrate strong financial performance, including metrics such as revenue growth, profitability, and market share and evidence of a growing customer base. 
  • Evidence of retail innovation: development of new products and services, the implementation of new technologies, the creation of unique shopping experiences, and/or successful execution of retail innovation initiatives. 
  • Proof of strong leadership within the retail industry: Demonstrated thought-leadership, advocacy, and mentorship. Provide evidence of the company’s positive impact on the retail community.

Social Impact Entrepreneur of the Year

Awarded to an entrepreneur who is leading a business making a strong positive impact with an innovative approach to solving social problems.

Sponsored by

JUDGING CRITERIA

Social Impact Entrepreneur of the Year

Judging criteria:

  • Evidence of social impact and goals: Evidence of a clear and concise social impact mission and goals, this could include metrics such as number of people served, social problems addressed, and/or environmental impact. 
  • Evidence of successful social enterprise initiatives: could include examples of social enterprise initiatives, such as fair-trade practices, employment opportunities for disadvantaged groups, or investments in sustainable technologies. 
  • Proof of strong, successful leadership: Evidence of the entrepreneur’s successful leadership of their social enterprise. This could include metrics such as business growth, employee satisfaction, and customer satisfaction. 

5 Business/Team Awards

Startup of the Year

Sponsored by

WINNER

Timothy Aquino

THDR Group

FINALISTS

THDR Group
Loan Options.ai
Paire PTY

Excellence in Marketing

Sponsored by

WINNER

Brandon Efron

Blitz Bar

FINALISTS

Soup Agency
Blitz Bar
Dropout Chaiwala

Best Place to Work

Sponsored by

WINNER

Tamara Haddow

Black Diamond Agency

FINALISTS

Black Diamond Agency
The Bubble Co
Full Cleanse Cleaning

Most Innovative Product

Sponsored by

WINNER

Elysia Krstevski

Meke Baby

FINALISTS

Vively
Meke Baby
Bygen

Outstanding Growth

Sponsored by

WINNER

Joe Zhou

Aceso group

FINALISTS

Who Is Elijah
InvestorKit
Aceso group

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Outstanding Growth Award

Celebrating a business that has achieved exceptional growth in a short period of time, demonstrating remarkable scalability and resilience.

Sponsored by

JUDGING CRITERIA

Outstanding Growth Award

Judging criteria:

  • Evidence of rapid growth: Evidence of fast growth within the last 24 months, such as revenue growth, customer growth, and employee growth. This could include metrics such as percentage increase in revenue, number of new customers acquired, and number of new employees hired.

  • Proof of profitability: Evidence of profitability and successful growth, such as profit margins, sales generated, and financial statements. This could include metrics such as net profit margin, gross profit margin, and return on investment. 

  • Scalability and resilience: Evidence of the company’s ability to scale and maintain its growth trajectory and the plan for future growth, as well as how it has overcome challenges in the past. 

Excellence in Customer Service

Honouring a business with a proven track record of consistently providing its customers with outstanding experience, thanks to a customer-centric business model.
JUDGING CRITERIA

Excellence in Customer Service

Judging criteria:

  • Evidence of high customer satisfaction: Evidence of high customer satisfaction ratings, such as Net Promoter Score (NPS), customer satisfaction surveys, and customer reviews.

  • Customer-centric business model: Evidence of a commitment to putting the customer first, such as customer-centric values and strategies, and customer feedback mechanisms.

  • Customer service excellence: Evidence of outstanding customer service and customer experience, such as well-documented case studies, customer testimonials, and employee training programs. 

Family Business of the Year

Celebrating a successful family-led business that demonstrates excellence in all areas of its operation.
JUDGING CRITERIA

Family Business of the Year

Judging criteria:

  • Proof of family-led business power-sharing: Evidence of a strong family culture and a commitment to power-sharing of family members within the business. 

  • Evidence of business success: Evidence of business success, such as profits, market share, or industry recognition. This could include metrics such as revenue growth, profit margins, customer satisfaction ratings or strong customer base. 

  • Community building and economic contribution: Evidence of the business’s contribution to the local community and the Australian economy, including metrics such as the number of jobs created, involvement in community initiatives and its support for local suppliers. 

Get ready for a night of celebration

Inspiration and recognition at the Young Hero Awards dinner as we honour the outstanding achievements of our young entrepreneurs!

2024 Award Judges

AVP Small Business A/NZ
Salesforce
salesforce-1

Award Judge

General Manager of Product and Insights
Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
vcci

Award Judge

Head of Nine Ad Manager
Nine Ad Manager
nine

Award Judge

Workshop Presenter

Director, Invest Melbourne
City of Melbourne
city-of-melb

Award Judge

General Manager of Marketing (Business Bank and IB&M)
CommBank
CommBank

Award Judge

Director - Advertising & Data Products
Nine Ad Manager
nine

Award Judge

Segment Leader: Small & Medium Business and Commercial Mid Market, Cisco ANZ
Cisco
cisco

Award Judge

RVP, Small Business, A/NZ
Salesforce
salesforce-1

Award Judge

General Manager Cyber Defence Operations and Security Integration (Fusion)
CommBank
CommBank

Award Judge

General Manager – Small Business Banking VIC / TAS
CommBank
CommBank

Award Judge

Director | Small Business | Marketing
Optus
optus

Award Judge

Founder
Emerging Tech Hub
emerging-tech

Award Judge

Editor, Small Business Connections & Co-Host ABF Vision 
Small Business Connections
SBC

Award Judge

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