With more than 600 nominations and 200 completed applications, the 11-person judging panel had difficult decisions to make to narrow the field to 40 young business leaders across a variety of industries.
The third instalment of InDaily’s 40 Under 40 Awards opened up nominations from across a wider range of businesses and sectors this year and sought out young leaders from the regions and from the not-for-profit sector.
As with most events, COVID-19 pushed the planned awards from June to this month, with a scaled-down event to meet restrictions happening on 22 October at the National Wine Centre.
The event will be a chance for the winners to meet and network and for the eight category awards to be handed out.
Besides being recognised as one of South Australia’s top 40 Under 40 business leaders, finalists are also in the running for awards in Emerging Industries, sponsored by Piper Alderman, Creative Thinker by KWP!, Rural and Regional by ANZ, Resilient Business from the City of Adelaide, Entrepreneurial by William Buck, Inspiring Disruptor by OTR, Social Impact by Community Corporate and the top award of First Among Equals, which is sponsored by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
The Chair of the judging panel, David Rohrsheim, said that the panel especially looked at individuals who helped lead the state’s recovery from the bushfires and COVID disasters.
“What I’m doing right now is meeting startups every day,” Rohrsheim said.
Panel judge Rhana Devenport, the Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, said she was inspired by the talent of people applying for the awards.
“What impressed me was the extraordinary level of innovation and risk-taking that is present across so many disciplines from medical imaging to bespoke brewing,” Devenport said.
“The independence and alternative business methodologies were truly astonishing. It gave me new hope for the future.”
Category winners will receive business coaching, mentoring and help from the sponsors of the awards, and all 40 Under 40 winners will become part of the growing alumni group led by past winner Carmen Garcia from Community Corporate.
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