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40 Under 40

Tickets are on sale for the state’s top networking night: the InDaily 40 Under 40 Awards honouring SA’s leading young entrepreneurs and business people.

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Now in its fifth year, the InDaily 40 under 40 has become an anticipated awards night featuring the state’s top young talent. This year’s recipients will join the 160 alumni already in the powerful network.

This year’s winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Thursday, June 9, at Adelaide Oval, with tickets selling fast.

Inaugural judge and publishing editor of Solstice Media’s content studio, Jim Plouffe, said he was proud that the awards program started by InDaily and supported in CityMag has become such a success.

“When we began the program, detractors would say that we’d run out of people to award because the state is small and the ‘best and brightest’ had fled the state,” Plouffe said.

“Well, five years on and we have squashed that notion and have had a huge number of applications each year and very strong winners.”

This year there were more than 500 nominations that led to more than 180 completed applications from which the 11-member judging panel selected the top 40.

“The selection process is always hard, with judges fighting for their favourites,” Plouffe said.

“The setbacks and obstacles the young leaders overcame seemed to be a theme in judging this year.”

Plouffe said that the alumni network the winners will join is a very important part of being in the InDaily 40 Under 40.

“The alumni have formed a tight network that will begin to knock on the doors of the state’s leadership in the coming years,” Plouffe said.

“They are the new generation of leaders and I am always glad to see how they are now being profiled and talked about in other media and are leading committees and other groups across the state.”

Plouffe said the gala dinner was also unique in that it brought together a different group of people than often found at other business events.

Tickets to the InDaily 40 Under 40 Awards night 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.

Solstice Media is the South Australian-owned publisher of InDaily, CityMag and SALIFE magazine.

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