2019 Finalists

Enterprise

Startup of the Year Award Finalists


Winner

DigiGround

DigiGround provides end-to-end business solutions using a creative and collaborative model of design and development to meet all business needs. We build mobile application software and help businesses launch their new online ventures. Our mobile application development services come with all the support needed to ensure the custom application is successful and delivers a return to the business. When it comes to marketing and application development, there is nothing we can’t help businesses achieve.

www.digiground.com.au

Finalists

FirmChecker

You wouldn’t spend $200 at a restaurant without reading reviews first. Why would you spend many thousands with lawyers or accountants with using FirmChecker?

FirmChecker’s an Australian start-up with momentum. Having launched its site in November 2018, it has already collected over 8,500 reviews of over 200 of Australia’s lawyers, accountants, bookkeepers and conveyancers.

Not all lawyers and accountants are the same. They have different specialties.

Like TripAdvisor for restaurants and hotels, FirmChecker crunches pricing, client satisfaction, location, experience and work-type data to tell you the right experts to solve your most pressing business problems.

www.firmchecker.com.au

The Circle CoWork

Founded by a group of young entrepreneurs, The Circle is Melbourne’s most dreambitious coworking space.

It is our mission to create the space and provide you with well-equipped facilities, unique function rooms and thoughtful services, so that you can focus on growing your business. Most importantly, we strongly believe that being in the right circle of people is the key for any business to grow and be successful.

www.circlecowork.com

SalesPreso

For businesses that spend more time at their desks than with their customers; SalesPreso automates sales prep to create beautiful, data-driven and interactive business presentations. Fast.

Why?
Creating customer relevant presentations uses the greatest amount of prep time; 50-80% of the working week.

How?
The SalesPreso platform delivers ‘presos’, centrally-managed presentations that integrate customer-relevant data from unlimited sources.

Outcomes
Presos are complex, data-driven, highly interactive presentations; incorporating ROI-calculators, dynamic workflows for guided selling, demos, digital signatures, and more.

SalesPreso’s rapidly-growing client list includes Australian and international organisations including Telstra, News Corp, and Scout24.

www.salespreso.com

Brand Matters Award Finalists


Winner

X Nihilo

JennyHsieh, Founder,Director and Designer of X NIHILO – Refined leather bags for modern women.

Launched in 2016, X NIHILO instantly garners interest from Australia fashion heavyweights, resulting in constant coverage from top tier media publication and digital influencers.

For a number of years before launching X NIHILO, Jenny broadened her credentials with a dynamic fashion career from couture, ready to wear and leisure to accessories and footwear. As the Director of the brand, Jenny brings with her a significant professional network as well as creative expertise and insight into the fashion industry.

www.xnihilo.com.au

Finalists

Winner

DigiGround

DigiGround provides end-to-end business solutions using a creative and collaborative model of design and development to meet all business needs. We build mobile application software and help businesses launch their new online ventures. Our mobile application development services come with all the support needed to ensure the custom application is successful and delivers a return to the business. When it comes to marketing and application development, there is nothing we can’t help businesses achieve.

www.digiground.com.au

Compax Intl

Dhvanit Shah is a director of Compax Intl. Compax is a leading wholesale supplier of decorative surfaces, with an impressive range of products and a second-to-none reputation for service at affordable prices. We will find you a treasure of end to end solution with trove of trends, an expert advice and our envy-collection of products what we carry.  Compax offers a wide range of high pressure laminates (HPL), Compact grade laminates (Compacts), Medium density fibre boards (MDF) and Fibre cement boards.

www.compax.com.au

B2B Business of the Year Finalists


Winner

SalesPreso

For businesses that spend more time at their desks than with their customers; SalesPreso automates sales prep to create beautiful, data-driven and interactive business presentations. Fast.

Why?
Creating customer relevant presentations uses the greatest amount of prep time; 50-80% of the working week.

How?
The SalesPreso platform delivers ‘presos’, centrally-managed presentations that integrate customer-relevant data from unlimited sources.

Outcomes
Presos are complex, data-driven, highly interactive presentations; incorporating ROI-calculators, dynamic workflows for guided selling, demos, digital signatures, and more.

SalesPreso’s rapidly-growing client list includes Australian and international organisations including Telstra, News Corp, and Scout24.

www.salespreso.com

Finalists

Employment Hero

Employment Hero is Australia’s first all-in-one HR, Payroll and benefits platform for employers and employees.

www.employmenthero.com

Digital Squad

Founder and Head of Search at Digital Squad, Shane Chand is passionate about driving client growth through inbound digital marketing strategies. Winner of the prestigious 2018 SEMRUSH SEO Awards in the B2B category, his clients include global dairy giant Fonterra and subsidiary brands including Anchor and Mainland, 2018 Luxury Hotel Award Winner – Escape Haven, peak industry association Australian Industry Group, Jim’s Franchise Group and New Zealand’s largest mortgage brokerage – Squirrel. Launching in Auckland in 2017, Shane has led the company’s expansion into Melbourne, Cape Town and Singapore.

www.digitalsquad.com.au

LegalVision

LegalVision is a market disruptor in the commercial legal services industry. Their innovative business model and custom-built technology allow their lawyers to provide a faster, better quality and more cost-effective client experience. LegalVision is a leader in delivering legal services in Australia and has assisted more than 50,000 businesses. The firm was named Fastest Growing Law Firm in the Asia-Pacific by the Financial Times.

www.legalvision.com.au

Individual

Yellow Excellence in Marketing Award Finalists


Winner

Anthony Lieu

Anthony is a growth marketer and lawyer working at the leading edge of developments in the legal profession. As Head of Marketing at LegalVision, he leads a team that brings together lawyers, digital marketers, developers and analysts who are tasked with identifying client opportunities online and breaking down barriers to accessible legal information. LegalVision’s Marketing Team is widely recognised for its digital client acquisition strategy and was awarded 2018 Best Content Marketing Team by SEMRush. Anthony is recognised as one of Australia’s Top 50 Chief Marketing Officers (CMO50 List).

www.legalvision.com.au

Finalists

Shane Chand

Founder and Head of Search at Digital Squad, Shane Chand is passionate about driving client growth through inbound digital marketing strategies. Winner of the prestigious 2018 SEMRUSH SEO Awards in the B2B category, his clients include global dairy giant Fonterra and subsidiary brands including Anchor and Mainland, 2018 Luxury Hotel Award Winner – Escape Haven, peak industry association Australian Industry Group, Jim’s Franchise Group and New Zealand’s largest mortgage brokerage – Squirrel. Launching in Auckland in 2017, Shane has led the company’s expansion into Melbourne, Cape Town and Singapore.

www.digitalsquad.com.au

DELL Young Hero Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists


Winner

Michelle Mannering

Michelle is a Content Producer in the realms of innovation and technology. Known as the “Hackathon Queen” you’ll often find her on stage MC’ing or speaking on a range of topics from artificial intelligence, to business, community engagement, the future of work, and esports. She’s the founder of several tech companies and is one of the driving forces behind Melbourne’s startup and entrepreneurial culture. Mish is also an accomplished facilitator and journalist with a background in science, media, events, communications, and marketing.

www.mishmanners.com

Finalists

Shane Chand

Founder and Head of Search at Digital Squad, Shane Chand is passionate about driving client growth through inbound digital marketing strategies. Winner of the prestigious 2018 SEMRUSH SEO Awards in the B2B category, his clients include global dairy giant Fonterra and subsidiary brands including Anchor and Mainland, 2018 Luxury Hotel Award Winner – Escape Haven, peak industry association Australian Industry Group, Jim’s Franchise Group and New Zealand’s largest mortgage brokerage – Squirrel. Launching in Auckland in 2017, Shane has led the company’s expansion into Melbourne, Cape Town and Singapore.

www.digitalsquad.com.au

Harry Sanders

Harry Sanders is the founder and director of StudioHawk, the largest dedicated SEO provider in Australia, specialising in providing quality SEO services to businesses. Starting by himself, Harry has grown StudioHawk to a team of 11 in 4 years, winning SEMRush’s 2018 search awards, is the youngest board member of the Australian Web Industry Association, and is expanding to London in August. Harry lives and breathes SEO.

www.studiohawk.com.au

Katelyn Matheson

For many years, I baked as a hobby. My love for baking and all things creative was inspired by my Grandma Joan. She taught me all things baking and how to make the best birthday cakes!

After baking cakes and cupcakes at home for many years, in 2017, I decided to build my flagship store at Stockland’s Point Cook Town Centre, Victoria. Our pop-up stores are uniquely Melbourne and we sell fabulous mini cupcakes in a variety of flavours. I look forward to the opportunity in sharing my experiences through our website, Facebook & Instagram.

www.cakecreationsbykate.com.au

Rising Star Finalists


Winner

Harry Sanders

Harry Sanders is the founder and director of StudioHawk, the largest dedicated SEO provider in Australia, specialising in providing quality SEO services to businesses. Starting by himself, Harry has grown StudioHawk to a team of 11 in 4 years, winning SEMRush’s 2018 search awards, is the youngest board member of the Australian Web Industry Association, and is expanding to London in August. Harry lives and breathes SEO.

www.studiohawk.com.au

Finalists

Ben Farrow

After graduating from Melbourne Law School Ben realised that he wouldn’t have a clue how to find the best lawyer for him – relying on anecdote alone. This realisation came despite having worked at large law firms, community legal centres and established a strong network in the profession.

If he couldn’t find the right lawyer, what chance would a small business owner have, with no background in law?

 So, Ben founded firmchecker.com.au, a ratings and reviews platform for lawyers and accountants. In growing FirmChecker, Ben wants to use data to make getting advice transparent for small business owners.

www.firmcheckers.com.au

Christian Martinez

Christian Martinez is originally from Mexico and after working for 2 years in Mexico and Switzerland he came to Australia in 2015 to advance his career, pursue a Master of Finance at Monash Business School and be part of the Australian startup ecosystem. 

He started his own startup called The Financial Fox which helps recent graduates to get their first job in Australia. 

He is a finance analyst at the multinational company Kraft Heinz, manages over 50 analysts at The Financial Fox that create data analytics solutions and visualisations. He is also a regular speaker in startup events in Melbourne.

www.thefinancialfox.net

Social Media Influencer Finalists


Winner

Michelle Mannering

Michelle is a Content Producer in the realms of innovation and technology. Known as the “Hackathon Queen” you’ll often find her on stage MC’ing or speaking on a range of topics from artificial intelligence, to business, community engagement, the future of work, and esports. She’s the founder of several tech companies and is one of the driving forces behind Melbourne’s startup and entrepreneurial culture. Mish is also an accomplished facilitator and journalist with a background in science, media, events, communications, and marketing.

www.mishmanners.com

Finalists

Ruby Henschke

Ruby is a marketing consultant specialising in digital strategy, content creation, social media management, digital advertising and project management.

Over the past 10 years she’s been lucky enough to wear many different hats and gain experience in the full spectrum of communications services, including publicity, copywriting, event management and graphic design. Most recently, her focus has been delivering user-centric digital campaigns for local and national brands.

As a digital consultant, she builds and engages online communities using best practice techniques to deliver measurable results for her clients. Most days you’ll find her developing strategies, reviewing analytics, writing content for the web and managing web projects.