Technology Industry and Business Awards

Clever tech ideas are future of Australian business scene

Next Generation of Tech business leaders recognised in Australian Startup Awards 2014

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Technology providers, information management consultants and online retailers dominate the list of finalists of the 2014 Australian Startup Awards.

One of the most interesting finalists to emerge in 2014 is chic social media site, Booodl. Backed by A-list investors, such as Erica Packer, this Australian innovation is in the running for Online Business of the Year. In addition, David Rohrsheim from stylish online transport hub, Uber, has been announced as a finalist for Executive of the Year.

Dominating the finals list with a finals berth in three categories is online wine supplier, Vinomofo, blasting onto the business scene with its youthful exuberance and tongue-in-cheek branding. They are joined by Zib Media, a website and SEO company led by AFL superstar Chris Knights, Stylerunner, an online fashion powerhouse, and WeTeachMe, a unique online educational portal created by serial entrepreneur and former refugee, Kym Huynh.

This national awards program, conducted by The Entourage, Australia¹s largest entrepreneurial education institute, recognises business excellence and celebrates the achievements of Australia's top entrepreneurs under 40. Managing Director of the Entourage, Jack Delosa, has been inspired by the quality of nominees in this year¹s program and is encouraged by the diverse and innovative use of technology shown by today¹s young entrepreneurs.

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³The entries in this year's Awards really exemplifies how the business world has changed with many businesses starting in the last four years and already doing $15m or $16m revenue², Delosa remarks. ³A noticeable trend in this year¹s entries and finalists is the move toward clever use of technology. Whether it be Booodl or IaaS Solutions company, OrionVM, these businesses are on the up and growing rapidly.²

This year, The Entourage was proud to join forces with leading Australian companies to celebrate excellence in a range of categories. ³The willingness of top tier brands to participate in and enable entrepreneurship has been noticeable this year², explains Delosa. ³Whether it's Spotify who we're partnering with for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, or MYOB supporting the Online Business of the Year Award, these brands are getting right behind Australian business and making a difference at a grass-roots level.²

Applications for all Award categories were assessed by some of Australia¹s top and most successful entrepreneurs, with this year¹s judging panel including BRW Young Rich List Members Ruslan Kogan, Dorry Kordahi and Clair Jennifer.

Winners will be revealed at the Awards Gala Night, on Saturday 2nd August 2014, at the Sydney Hilton Hotel. Laura Csortan and Andrew Morello will MC the gala.

For a full list of finalists, visit www.australianstartupawards.com.au

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