Nomination is now open

Celebrating the champion of Young Business Talent

Must be 35 years old or younger
Individual / Enterprenuer Awards
*Apply for up to only 2 awards across both categories
Business / Team Awards
*Apply for up to only 2 awards across both categories
Please highlight your company's accomplishments based on the award categories you are nominating. For example: your exceptional growth, innovative products or services, commitment to sustainability and social responsibility, leadership qualities, strong vision for the future, etc.
You should use this field to provide a chronological overview of important events, such as product launches, major contracts or partnerships, awards and recognitions, and expansion or growth initiatives. You can also highlight any significant challenges or obstacles you or your company have overcome and how you have adapted to changing circumstances. It is also not limited that you can mention your and your company's plans and strategies in the near future.
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      These documents can include financial statements, testimonials from customers, clients, and employees, marketing collateral, awards and recognitions, industry certifications, community involvement, etc.
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        Judging Criteria

        FAQ

        Being recognised as a CommBank Young Hero Awards winner provides a range of benefits, including:

        • Building brand awareness
        • Positive brand exposure and media coverage
        • Potential for new business opportunities with business leaders and attendees
        • Opportunities to network and connect with other entrepreneurs
        • Generate pride and morale within your organisation
        • Becoming part of an exclusive entrepreneurial alumni

        To be eligible for the program, an entrepreneur must:

        • Must be between the ages of 16 – 35 at the time you apply
        • Be a company founder, owner or executive of a private or public company or organisation who is primarily responsible for the recent performance of the company or organisation, and an active member of senior management
        • The company must be registered in Australia 
        • The business cannot be a franchisee
        • For the individual category; you must reside in Australia full-time
        • Have a significant equity stake in the business
        • Have a company that has been in existence for at least 1-year at the close of applications
        • Previous category finalists and entrants may resubmit to be considered for the 2024 program. Past winners may not re-apply to the same category.
        Nominations
        • Nominations open: January 2024
        • Nominations close: 6 May 2024 (previously 19 April 2024)
        Judging
        • Shortlisting: 6 May 2024 to 13 May 2024
        • Finalists announced: 13 May 2024
        • Judging: 13 May 2024 to 27 May 2024
        Event
        • Winners announced at Awards Dinner event: 6PM – 10PM Tuesday 28 May 2024, located in Melbourne

        You are more than welcome to self-nominate.

        No. Nominating and entering the CommBank Young Hero Awards is completely free. 

        Yes, you can enter in up to 2 categories. Applications that apply for more than two awards may be disqualified. 

        Stage one

        The form will be assessed by a a team of business journalists and Australia Business Forum staff. If you are a potential finalist, we may be in contact with you about your company and potentially clarify elements of your nomination.

        Stage two

        From there, we will let you know via email and phone if your nomination was successful. Finalists will be required to provide a short video clip (approx. 2 mins) introduce themselves and their business to be shown at the awards dinner.

        Stage three

        Finalists will then be offered the opportunity to attend the CommBank Young Hero Awards Dinner

        You will receive an email confirming your nomination including a nominee badge which can be shared with your organisation, your community and on social media. 

        All information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence and will only be viewed by the judging panel. We have strict confidential and non-disclosure agreements internally and with our judges, to ensure all information is treated in complete confidence. Information for marketing collateral for the Awards and articles for Small Business Connections news site will be requested separately and therefore agreed by you.