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InDaily’s inaugaural 40 Under 40 awards have been announced, celebrating the passion, vision and achievements of South Australia’s leading business entrepreneurs under the age of 40.

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As assessment panel representing the South Australian business community judged hundreds of nominees, whittling them down to 40 who not only stand out for their personal determination and commercial drive, but also their philanthropic pursuits.

The final 40 (scroll down for the full list) were announced at a packed awards dinner at the National Wine Centre last night, where they were welcomed by the state’s Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, Planning and Local Government, Stephan Knoll – himself well under 40.

The list includes a hugely varied collection of South Australian talents, who are making a mark in fields such as health, technology, the media, property, social innovation, agriculture, finance, the law, and much more.

The chair of the judging panel, Deloitte’s Ashley Hunter, said the judges agreed on two broad categories for choosing the winners: impact on the business and community, and disruption.

“It became clear to us early on that simply being good at your job wasn’t going to be enough,” he said. “We were really looking for candidates that went above and beyond the norm; candidates that pushed the boundaries; candidates that challenged the status quo.”

From 500 nominations came 169 formal applications, which were then reduced to a shortlist of 62.

Paul Hamra, managing director of InDaily publisher Solstice Media, said 40 Under 40 was designed to promote the upcoming generation of South Australian leaders.

“We designed these awards to uncover the untold stories of success in our community – to go beyond the well-worn narratives about South Australia’s business community,” he said.

“I think we’ve succeeded: the 40 Under 40 includes the young leaders who will not only advance the state’s economy into the future, but who have also shown that they will help shape our community for many years to come. It’s an inspiring and intelligent group.”

The awards also recognised four individuals:

Graduate Certificate in Management Scholarship, presented by the Australian Institute of Business – awarded to Noelle Smit from Teamgage

Inspiring Disruptor Award – presented by Underwood Executive – awarded to Sasha Baranikov from Uniti Wireless

State Contribution Award – presented by KWP! – awarded to Carmen Garcia from Community Corporate

First Among Equals Award – presented by InDaily with thanks to the Australian Institute of Company Directors – awarded to Sebastian Rees from GenWise Health

InDaily’s 40 Under 40: the winners

Amy Orange, Founder, Harvest Fair Australia

Anton Andreacchio, Managing Director, Convergen / Jumpgate / Double Bishop

Ben Hood, Director, Hello Friday / George the Farmer

Cain Cooke, General Manager, Cibo Espresso

Callan Cox, Managing Director, Mykra

Carmen Garcia, Managing Director, Community Corporate

Carolyn Curtis, Chief Executive Officer, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation

Chris Hooper, Chief Executive Officer, Accodex

Crispian Fielke, Director, Port Local

Daniel Gannon, SA Executive Director, Property Council of Australia

Daniels Langeberg, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EcoCaddy

David Lukic, Chief Executive Officer, Ryderwear

Eddie Lane, Partner, Cold Logic

Elizabeth Nowell, Chief Executive Officer, ACE Open

Emily Humphreys, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Wicked Lab

Erin Fowler, Director, The Mill Incorporated

Esther Chew, Associate, Grieve Gillett Anderson

Heather Gale, Treasurer, People’s Choice Credit Union

Jarrad Morgan, Director, SA Construct

Joanna Andrew, Partner, Mellor Olsson

Jordan Walsh, Managing Director, Iconic Growth

Katie Hulmes, General Manager Transformation, OZ Minerals

Ken Saman, Chief Executive Officer, Personify Care

Kristy Schirmer, Founder and Principal Consultant, Zockmelon Health Promotion and Social Media Consulting

Lane Hinchcliffe, Principal GP and Director, Health Hub Family GP

Lauren Hillman, General Manager, Channel 44

Leko Novakovic, Managing Director, Novatech Creative Event Technology

Marie Sulda, Director, Kaleidoscopic Travel

Matiya Marovich, Director, Sans-Arc Studio

Michael Anderson, YouTuber, UnlistedLeaf

Michael Kay, Partner and Practice Leader, Wallmans Lawyers

Michelle Perugini, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Life Whisperer Diagnostics

Noelle Smit, Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer, Teamgage

Peter Piliouras, Chief Operating Officer, On The Run

Sacha La Forgia, Director, Adelaide Hills Distillery

Sarah Bartholomeusz, Goddess of Governance, You Legal

Sasha Baranikov, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Uniti Wireless

Sebastian Rees, Co-Founder and Director, GenWise Health

Simon Gargaro, Managing Director, United Precast

William Ferguson, Sales Director, Ferguson Australia Group

The winners were selected by a judging panel including:

40 Under 40 is presented by InDaily in partnership with:

InDaily will be profiling all 40 winners in the coming weeks and months.

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