Accounting and advisory firm William Buck has been a supporter of the InDaily 40 Under 40 Awards for the past four years as the sponsor of the Entrepreneurial Award.
Illman has been a judge for four of the five rounds of the popular event and said that each year the awards evolve to represent more of the South Australian business community, and the winners often then get recognised in other awards and in other media.
“I feel like we are seeing more from the non-traditional business industries, such as the arts, and also more from not-for-profit type backgrounds as well as many from positions within established businesses,” Illman said.
He said William Buck is proudly South Australian and fully supports initiatives that promote entrepreneurship and leadership from younger South Australians, especially when run by South Australian-owned media like InDaily.
“We see the 40U40 as a great initiative to support and foster this in the SA business community,” Illman said.
This year InDaily received more than 180 nominations that were whittled down to the list of 40, including 10 individual prize winners.
“As a long time judge, I am struck by the depth of quality applicants, it makes you very positive about the future of business in SA,” Illman said.
The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Thursday, June 9 at Adelaide Oval, with tickets selling fast.
Illman said anyone who wanted to meet the state’s young, inspiring leaders should not miss the night.
“The energy that is always in the room, you can literally feel the excitement of the future of the state,” he said.
Tickets include a three-course meal paired with premium SA wine from Hither & Yon, and plenty of time to network before and after while enjoying drinks from Big Shed Brewery and Never Never Distilling.
Young-gun chef and restaurateur Laura Sharrad will be the guest speaker on the night, talking about her entrepreneurial journey from MasterChef to restaurant owner.
The tickets are $176 (inc GST) for individuals and tables of 10 for $1705.
The individual awards to be announced on the night include:
Piper Alderman Emerging Industries Award recognises an individual contributing to or a company operating in one of the “Emerging Industries” that will contribute to the prosperous future of our state.
KWP! Creative Thinker Award recognises the person who best demonstrates thinking creatively in relation to any aspect of their business or endeavours, and showing the use of innovation to progress.
Community Corporate Social Impact Award recognises an individual who is challenging conventional thinking by driving social innovation in a for-profit, social enterprise, NFP or through philanthropy.
Adelaide Business School Game Changer Award recognises a person who has re-written the rules of business to challenge, inspire and spark significant change.
VALO Sustainable Business Leaders Award recognises a person who has created visionary technologies that can sustainably enhance human experience and capabilities.
William Buck Entrepreneurial Award recognises an outstanding lateral business thinker and risk-taker exhibiting entrepreneurial flair.
OTR Inspiring Disruptor Award recognises the vision, thought leadership and achievement of a leader in the private or public sector.
Adelaide BioMed City/CMAX Discovery Award recognises a person who has led an innovative research project that has had a multi-disciplinary and business impact on the future health sector.
Business SA Rural and Regional Award recognises the individual who demonstrates influence and leadership in contributing to the prosperity of a rural or regional business and community.
Solstice Media First Among Equals Award is selected by the judging panel as the finalist who embodies the 40 Under 40 as the First Among Equals.
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