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We are searching for the city's most ambitious entrepreneurs who are carving out their own unique place in the business community.

We are looking for the game changers who are riding on stellar success, or even just starting out with big dreams but an even greater determination to make these come alive.

The criterion to enter is that the entrepreneur founded their business and are based on the Gold Coast, and are born 1974 or later.

Nominees will be given the opportunity to gain exposure through the Gold Coast Business News website, our special annual Young Entrepreneur edition of Gold Coast Business News magazine, and attend one of the Gold Coast’s landmark calendar events, the Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards.

The 2014 winners will be crowned at a gala event complete with a three-course meal and entertainment by local deep house act Gas Grooves held at Jupiters Casino on the evening of Friday 24 October.

For the first time, we have extended the awards to broadened the scope to reflect the diverse nature of the region’s economy and business scene. It also highlights that entrepreneurs are in special leagues of their own, trying their hands at innovating traditional industries, as well as risking to create new markets entirely. Gold Coast Business News, published by Business News Australia, is now inviting nominations for the below award categories for its prestigious Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur Awards:

DIGITAL & TECHNOLOGY

The ever-changing technology sector has generated some of the most exciting stories among young entrepreneurs, and this category will be one of the most closely watched by all businesses looking to keep abreast of that change.

INNOVATION

Lateral thinkers are encouraged to enter this category which cuts across all sectors of business to recognise growth through innovation.

MANUFACTURING, WHOLESALE & DISTRIBUTION

If your business is in this category, chances are you are flying under the radar. This award is looking for young entrepreneurs who are pushing above their weight in a sector that is seen as the backbone of the supply chain for the broader economy.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Professionals across all disciplines, including law, medical, engineering and architecture, are given the opportunity to shine in this category.

PROPERTY & CONSTRUCTION

The growth of the property sector in recent years has given way to a new breed of young entrepreneurs. This category will introduce a range of new players and some established players achieving excellence in their respective fields.

RETAIL & SERVICES

This category covers businesses in both the bricks and clicks space, recognising excellence in retail and retail services direct to the consumer - either online or through traditional store models - as well as cutting-edge retail concepts.

STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR

This award recognises successful business owners who are juggling entrepreneurship with tertiary studies.

TOURISM, HOSPITALITY & EVENTS

The resurgence of the tourism sector has given rise to this new category which encompasses businesses operating across this dynamic sector of the economy.

FAQs

Can I keep my financial figures private?
Yes. We need revenue and growth figures for judging purposes but this can be kept private from publication upon request on the booking form.

I’m just starting out, am I too small to enter?
No. We are looking for businesses of all shapes and sizes to foster the entrepreneurial spirit on the Gold Coast and discover hidden talent.

Will you portray my business as something it’s not?
No. We want to provide an accurate representation of your business and keep it true to its identity. We don’t judge if you wear thongs to work – just don’t wear them to the gala event!

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