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Startups shine in Brisbane business awards

Published:
31/10/2016

Lord Mayor's Business Awards

Image: Vuly founder Joe Andon, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Little Tokyo Two founder Jock Fairweather.

Brisbane’s best in business have been honoured at the 2016 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards. Ten individuals, small-to-medium businesses and some of Brisbane’s largest companies were awarded for their outstanding performance in innovation, sustainability, growth, digital strategy and corporate citizenship.

Digital Brisbane congratulates the startup, small business and digital award winners from the night, and also all those who were named as finalists. Here’s who won:

Australia TradeCoast Award for Small Business Growth

FivePointFour

FivePointFour is one of Australia's leading wellness businesses, providing results-focused, home-delivered meal plans targeted at millennials. The company is headquartered in Brisbane and delivers its products across Queensland, Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne. 

ANZ Made in Brisbane Award for High-Growth Business Start-Up

RedEye

RedEye is a disruptive tech business, and the first software business to make engineering data truly mobile. Established in Brisbane by Wayne Gerard and Randall Makin, RedEye is one of Australia's fastest-growing startups with an expanding global footprint. RedEye's cloud-based solutions help asset owners and their service providers improve their productivity and safety, while reducing business risks and costs.

ISPT Award for Digital Strategy

Tow.com.au

Tow.com.au is a high-tech towing company. Despite being only 2½ years old, it is Australia's first and only national towing company.

Tow.com.au has developed the only automated towing dispatch platform in Australia, TIMS (Tow and Impound Management System). TIMS was built and is continually developed in-house from Tow.com.au's Eagle Farm HQ. TIMS directly facilitates tens of thousands of tows across every state/territory of Australia each year.

Channel 7 Business Person Of The Year

Joe Andon

Joe Andon founded Vuly at age 19. He began selling trampolines from his childhood bedroom, before earning enough to open a warehouse in Wakerley.

In 2013, Vuly invented the trampoline Leaf Spring system, which solves the coil and frame collision problems that plagued generations of trampolines. Vuly's grown into one of Australia's largest play companies, selling in dozens of countries and securing contracts with Spin Master, Toys ‘R' Us, Harvey Norman, Canadian Tire and Bunnings Warehouse.

Singapore Airlines Award for Young Business Person Of The Year

Jock Fairweather

At just 26 years of age, Jock's life goal is to reinvigorate the entrepreneurial spirit of Brisbane.

Starting his career as a luxury women's shoe designer in Europe, Jock sold his business to a Swiss equity conglomerate at the age of 21. After returning to Brisbane, he founded Little Tokyo Two, Australia's most diverse and supportive entrepreneurial community.

To date, Little Tokyo Two has housed more than 500 businesses across all industries.

Read the full list of award winners here.

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