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Celebrating Australia’s best businesses

Congratulations to all the Telstra Business Awards winners, who have been selected by our expert judging panel as the highest achieving businesses in their respective categories. We wish them all the best with their future success, and we can’t wait to see what they’ll achieve next.

State winners

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised

Active Truth

“We want to inspire women to live healthy and active lives by producing high quality activewear for all women, regardless of their shape, size or stage of life.” Stevie Angel, Co-Founder

Co-founders Stevie Angel and Nadia Tucker discovered that buying new active wear post pregnancy was a challenge and from there stemmed Active Truth, an online active wear company that caters to, and celebrates, all women regardless of their shape, size or stage of life.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
State Winner VIC

Be Fit Food

“Be Fit Food takes the guesswork out of healthy eating by providing Australians with scientifically formulated meals for improving overall health and well-being’’ Kate Save, CEO

Combining their weight loss industry expertise, bariatric surgeon Mr Geoffrey Draper and Kate Save, a dietitian, exercise physiologist and diabetes educator, created Be Fit Food as a food-based tool that could remedy chronic disease and enhance long-term health.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves
State Winner NSW


“Our vision is to be Australia’s bookstore, and we’re achieving that by focusing on our customers and making them the centre of decisions and our ecosystem.” Tony Nash, Founder and CEO

In 2004, Tony Nash, Simon Nash and Steve Traurig began Booktopia as a side project on a $10 per day budget. With no external investment, they have turned Booktopia into one of Australia’s leading online retailers with revenue of $115 million, 160 staff and 4 million customers.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding


“We're enabling small and medium sized logistics companies to be competitive with the industry giants by developing easy-to-use cloud-based technology.” Vincent Fletcher, Co-Founder

CartonCloud was originally developed to save a refrigerated transport and warehousing company from bankruptcy. The business is now used by over 90 carriers and warehouses across Australia and New Zealand after new owners Nic Comrie and Vincent Fletcher solved the company’s key challenge, poorly managed administration and operation costs, with a new software solution.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves

Dann Event Hire

“We see possibilities and are driven by pushing boundaries, working outside our comfort zones to create the unimagined for our client’s events. This is not a job for us. We do what we love.” Francesca Pavone, Director

Established 14 years ago by husband and wife Nick Gulino and Francesca Pavone, Dann Event Hire’s essence is creative, collaborative design. As a forward-thinking event hire company, they specialise in designing and manufacturing cutting-edge furniture, contemporary furnishings, feature lighting, hospitality equipment and marquee structures.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves

Dreamedia Events

“We endeavour to bring innovation, excellence and creativity to all the events we are engaged with. As a one-stop-shop for all things events in NT, we can accommodate the vast needs that other competitors cannot.” Chris O’Brien, Founder

Born out of desperate need to create an additional income stream, founder Chris O’Brien, progressively built up Dreamedia Events to what it is today. Working in almost every venue in Darwin and Uluru the business creates and produces many of the NT’s largest events such as national touring acts, festivals and sports events.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding

Find Your Feet Australia

“We believe we have succeeded in our mission when we observe people playing wilder and enjoying an outdoor lifestyle. Sharing in their successes and excitement reiterates what we ourselves love and how we ‘find our feet’.” Hanny Allston, Founding Director

Find Your Feet Australia is a multi-faceted independent company that is devoted to providing an exceptional retail experience and quality education to inspire the community to enjoy an outdoors lifestyle and ‘find their feet’.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding

Flora & Fauna

“We see the environment changing, our seas becoming more polluted, animal species becoming extinct, and climate change becoming a real issue. This is the inspiration behind our business.” Ms Julie Mathers, Founder and CEO

In 2014, Flora & Fauna founder and passionate vegan Julie Mathers started her business with one clear mission: to be the most ethical retailer possible with the best customer service. Today, the online store sells over 4,500 products across organic and vegan skin care, make-up, body, home and lifestyle ranges.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
State Winner SA

Happy Way

“We want our protein powders to make women all over the world feel positive about their body and empowered to make an impact on their life.” Hien Nguyen, Co-Founder

Working as a personal trainer for over 15 years, Hien Nguyen would have many of his female clients asking for suggestions of protein powders as most formulas were designed for male bodies. After months of researching and gathering data, Hien and his co-founder Ben Germein, had a break through and created Happy Way protein powder.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves
State Winner QLD


“As a progressive technology organisation, we’re dedicated to advancing the capability of helicopter rotary-wing operations worldwide.” Will Shrapnel, Founder

Founded in 2002 by Will Shrapnel, HeliMods was built on an appreciation of, and a thirst to understand, the technical complexity and mission versatility of helicopters. As a technology company, it delivers innovative products and services for rotary-wing operations in Australia and around the world.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised

HK Holistic Health Klub

“We want our gym to inspire and educate our clients to become the best version of themselves through our step-by-step holistic approach. We help our clients live a fitter, stronger, pain-free life.” Karlene Dagg, Owner

More than just a gym, HK Holistic Health Klub offers lifestyle coaching focused on developing healthy habits through exercise, nutrition and expert advice. As the only training facility offering this holistic health approach to lifestyle change in the NT, the Klub helps clients set and smash new goals to live a healthier, longer and pain-free life.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding

Kid Sense Child Development

“Our concept is based on a model seen in the US but never in Australia before: a paediatric occupational therapy clinic that specialised in the private treatment of children with attention and behavioural issues.” Joanna Buttfield, Founder and Executive Director – Clinical Operations

Kid Sense Child Development is one of South Australia's leading private providers of paediatric occupational therapy and speech pathology services to children with disabilities and developmental challenges.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised

Manly Spirits Co.

“The inclusion of marine botanicals and Australian natives in our product celebrates the uniqueness of these ingredients and showcases what Australian spirits are all about.” Vanessa Wilton, co-founder and marketing manager

Founders and husband and wife duo, David and Vanessa Wilton were inspired by the successful craft beer scene and the success of Australian distillers who were receiving international recognition. Manly Spirits Co produces premium Australian handcrafted gins, vodka and whiskies by the stunning surrounding marine environment of the New South Wales coastline.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves
State Winner ACT


“We focus on delivering disruptive cybersecurity capability to solve tomorrow's digital challenges. Our team can identify and solve the hard problems that others haven’t been able to unlock.” Matthew Wilson, CEO

Canberra-based cybersecurity firm Penten focuses on two core areas: enabling government users to access classified information on mobile devices and tricking and trapping attackers with realistic decoys using machine learning.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves


“Our commitment to take on what no other organisation seeks to do – streamlining public hospital costing and billing functions – and our constant focus on customer retention and R&D, has enabled our business to thrive for two decades.” Patrick Power, Managing Director

Established in 1995, PowerHealth is a global healthcare software partner, offering products to optimise efficiency and productivity in hospitals and other healthcare organisations.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding

Rapid Context

“What motivates us and fuels our passion for work and life is contributing in a very real way towards building a better society through better thinking.” Dr Samantha Crompvoets, Director

Rapid Context was founded in 2015 to give people a sophisticated way to think about issues facing their organisations. By providing rapid delivery of in-depth research and analysis, the business helps organisations to develop and implement change, policies and programs.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
State Winner TAS

Scoot Boots

“We want to inspire, educate and advocate for a barefoot natural approach for horses around the globe, changing 1500 years of tradition. Our Scoot Boots allow horses to virtually go barefoot, an option that is much suitable to their overall health.” David MacDonald, Creator

Scoot Boots is the only Australian manufacturer of protective equine hoof boots. Creator and Co-Founder Dave MacDonald has been working with horses as a trainer and farrier for 30 years, so he knows the benefits of hoof boots, which are designed to allow horses to forgo the steel shoe.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised


“Sensum has a mission to disrupt the status-quo within traditional construction industries. We are delivering projects that positively impact the lives of others.” Nick Strongman, Chief Executive Officer

Sensum provides a unique and personalised project management service to clients in the construction industry. With the business growing rapidly, they continue to expand their service offerings, including program management, prefabrication & modular construction expertise and consultant services.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised


“We deliver the results needed today, and are on track to deliver the demands created by the rapidly growing and evolving sponsorship industry of tomorrow.” Mark Thompson, Managing Director

SponServe is a cloud-based rights-management platform for sponsorship professionals which started in Canberra but since spans Australasia, Europe and the USA. It provides a way of tracking and measuring sponsorship relationships for brands and rights owners including the English Premier League, the English FA, Williams F1 and AS Roma in Italy.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding

True North Strategic Communication

“Our team’s multidisciplinary expertise combined with widespread experience working in regional centres across Northern Australia is the foundation of our success.” Elena Madden, Owner

Drawing on a long history of working in the Territory, True North Strategic Communication provides clients with communication and community engagement, media relations, marketing and professional writing advice and services that make an impact. With offices in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs, the team of 12 local Territorians prides themselves on their local knowledge.

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