Awards Categories

1. Innovation Award supported by Alan Knipe StarNet

This Award is open to businesses that have developed an invention or initiative that has resulted in the creation of a unique or new product, service, system, device or process.

2. New Business Award supported by Servcorp

This Award is open to businesses that have been operating for over 12 months but less than 3 full financial years and is proving to be a success. This could include, but is not limited to, growth in turnover, market share, employee numbers and / or customers; business expansion; new product development; repayment of loans etc.

3. International Award

This Award is open to businesses that have developed a strong reputation in the international marketplace. This could be through exporting a product or intellectual property, partnerships with international organisations, or attracting international clientele to their City of Melbourne based business.

4. Social Enterprise Award

This Award is open to businesses that can demonstrate an initiative, campaign or project that has resulted in community or social benefit.  The business needs to have been operating for a minimum of 12 months and provide proof that they are classified as a social enterprise.

Social enterprise is defined as an organisation that applies commercial strategies to maximise improvements in human and environmental wellbeing, rather than maximising profits for external shareholders. Social enterprises can be structured as a for-profit or non-profit, and may take the form of a co-operative, mutual organisation, a disregarded entity, a social business, or a charity organisation.

5. Small Business Victoria Sustainability Award

This Award is open to businesses that have implemented practices, processes, facilities or new ways of doing business that contribute to a sustainable environment.

6. Female Entrepreneur Award

Female entrepreneurs are positive role models for women and youth, and play an important role in reaching out to the community. The Female Entrepreneur Award recognises outstanding achievement by women entrepreneurs that:

  • Best exemplify effective leadership, innovation, business growth and sustainability
  • Demonstrate cultural, social and environmental awareness

Demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the wellbeing of the larger community.

7. Disruption Entrepreneur Award

Disruption is not just a ‘buzz’ word, but innovation that many small and medium sized businesses are creating to find a niche in the business model.  Often it seems intangible; something very talented and bright people do. Yet innovative disruption is simply a new method, a new idea, a new product, a better process or a solution – it is within the power of everyone to innovate. This is something enlightened companies and enterprises strive to capture.

Empowering people at any level in the organisation or in any small business can ignite truly outstanding innovation with serious productivity gains.