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40 Under 40

Entrepreneurship shines in the year of the pivot

40 Under 40

From construction to solar energy to blockchain and food, this bunch of 40 Under 40 winners illustrate how looking at an industry in a new way can help develop successful businesses.

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Matthew Pezzuto
Horizon Construction Services Pty Ltd / Managing Director

Managing Director of Horizon Construction Services Matthew Pezzuto has led the company into the commercial construction industry.

The building company, which specialises in construction, fit out and refurbishment projects, is working on a number of major projects across the state. These include the redevelopment of St Margaret Mary’s school community hub and resource centre and the conversion of an existing warehouse into a gym and therapy space in Findon.

Matthew says the business’s ability to embrace technology and continually improve the way it works and constructs buildings has enabled it to achieve success.

Matthew Wilkins
Venergy Australia / CEO

Household solar installation organisation Venergy was founded in Adelaide in 2009, and a few years later Matthew Wilkins was invited to join the company.

He says at the time the solar industry was still considered a very risky business but he saw the opportunity for a company installer for solar retailers. 

By capitalising on the opportunity, the company had commercial success. 

Matthew became a significant shareholder and the Managing Director of Venergy, which he says has shifted from riding industry ups and downs into a diverse, highly sustainable and fast-growing market leader across SA and beyond.  

Mike Scott
NONA Digital / CEO

Mike Scott is CEO and Co-founder of NONA Digital, a development studio that builds fintech and blockchain software.

He says the company works with leading blockchain businesses like Tezos, Algorand and Civic and, despite COVID-19, NONA Digital had its best year in 2020 and was on track for upwards of 40 per cent growth.

But Mike says he is particularly proud of the culture his team has developed.

As an early adopter in the blockchain space, he says he’s spoken on the subject across three continents and, with a passion for working with highly motivated small business leaders, he has implemented coaching into his leadership practice.

Paul Baker
Chefs on Wheels / Director

In March 2020, the coronavirus pandemic drastically altered Australia. Millions of lives were thrown into chaos and industries faced bleak futures.

Chef Paul Baker was stood down while his wife and her business partner were on the verge of losing their business.

Among the havoc, Paul was inspired to pull some of Adelaide’s best restaurants and talented chefs together for Chefs on Wheels, recreating restaurant-quality food as ready-made meals for people to enjoy while in lockdown.

Paul says within two months the start-up had delivered 4000 orders. 

It has had such success that while the world begins to return to normal, Chefs on Wheels has remained.

The entire list of this year’s 40 Under 40 can be found in the Winter edition of CityMag, on the streets of Adelaide now.

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