Consulting giant Ernst & Young has named seven Australian finalists in its annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards.
The included Chris Eigeland and Andrew Barnes, co-founders of the Queensland edtech unicorn Go1.
Last year, Go1 doubled its valuation to $2.8 billion after raising $140 million.
Now in its 22nd year, the awards recognize people who have. have built and maintained successful, dynamic businesses that have a lasting positive impact on their communities.
Atlassian co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar are previous winners.
The jury, chaired by Shark Tank investor and Greencross founder Dr. Glen Richards, will choose the winner based on their entrepreneurial spirit, value creation, strategic direction, innovation, personal integrity and national and global impact.
“Turning an idea into a working company is an art. It’s about finding the right mix of skills and people to turn your passion and purpose, and your big vision, into reality,” said Dr. Richards.
“Those who do it really well can do it in any industry, any product, any service.
“There is a Japanese proverb that sums it up nicely: ‘Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.’
“This year’s finalists are exceptional examples of leaders able to do both, combining vision, passion and action to create their masterpieces.”
In addition to an overall winner, this year’s Impact and People’s Choice awards – by public vote – plus a Champion of Entrepreneurship award.
The winner will be announced on March 30, with the winner representing Australia at EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year in Monaco in June.
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Australia leader Justin Howse said it is more than an awards scheme.
“For participants, it’s an opportunity to start a lifelong journey with an alumni network of like-minded and talented entrepreneurs,” he said.
2023 Australian finalists are:
• Claire Witwer SmithMy plan manager
• Marcella RomeroArriba group
• John winswinning group
• Chris Eigeland and Andrew BarnesGa1
• Jack GancePharmacy Warehouse
• Sean SenvirtneMyDeal.com.au
• Doug BrooksBrooks Rent