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40 Under 40

Emerging talent proves innovation has no boundaries

40 Under 40

South Australian Chief Entrepreneur Andrew Nunn says the breadth of talent recognised in the 40 Under 40 Awards illustrates exactly what it means to be an entrepreneur in 2022.

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Nunn has been appointed as Chair of Judges for this year’s InDaily 40 Under 40 Awards to celebrate young business leaders in South Australia.

He is the Executive Director of JBS&G, one of Australia’s leading environmental consultancies, and became the South Australian Chief Entrepreneur last year.

As Chief Entrepreneur, Nunn said he was excited to be a judge because the 40 under 40 program shone a light on what it meant to be an entrepreneur in 2022 and beyond.

“In my role, what I want to focus on is those individuals and businesses that will contribute to creating an advanced, socially responsible and economically complex future for the most liveable and lovable city in Australia and our home state of South Australia,” he said.

Nunn said he was impressed that the 40 Under 40 represented all facets of business and business leadership, not just what is typically thought of as entrepreneurial.

“The 40 under 40 program is a well-structured and important program to identify a broad range of innovative ideas and entrepreneurial activities that are happening across the ecosystem by young people,” he said.

“This provides a fantastic platform for the full suite of entrepreneurial activities to be recognised including those associated with social enterprise and social impact.”

Nunn said these types of entrepreneurs were incredibly important to South Australia.

“They are a key indicator of a maturing innovation environment in our state that importantly recognises the enormously valuable contribution that social enterprises make to the wider community as a whole,” he said.

“These leaders provide a focus for both younger and older entrepreneurs in our state as we strive to become a globally significant innovation centre in our region.”

Nunn encourages all types of entrepreneurs and business leaders to nominate for the awards, with applications closing on April 1.

Now in its fifth year, InDaily’s 40 Under 40 Awards will be announced at a gala event on June 9 at Adelaide Oval where the next crop of South Australia’s young entrepreneurs and business leaders will join the elite alumni.

It is easy to nominate yourself or someone you know for the awards, with applications closing on 1 April 2022.

Nunn said recognising the state’s young business leaders was important on many different levels.

“Our ability to recognise, acknowledge and reward these young innovators and visionaries is really important not just for these individuals themselves, or even their friends, families and associates, but it’s also a really important yardstick to measure how successful we are going at building an ecosystem that encourages this type of economic transformation, complexity and diversity,” he said.

“Whilst the program celebrates achievements of the under 40s, it’s important to recognise that this cohort represents the demographic that we need to not only retain in this state but also to encourage more to migrate to SA to fulfil their dreams of entrepreneurship.

“I think it’s totally appropriate that we celebrate these young achievers and set ourselves a benchmark to encourage more to join their ranks.”

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