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The Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award will go to a student who has developed and demonstrated their entrepreneurial skills in order to bring their business idea to life in a scalable way.

A young entrepreneur is someone with the ability to identify new opportunities for business. They are often driven by a desire to solve a problem or meet an unmet need in the market. They might develop a new product or service, or find a way to improve an existing one.

Young entrepreneurs are inspired by all the exciting opportunities available to them, driven by a desire to bring their ideas to life, and a willingness to take risks in pursuit of their goals. They must be able to adapt to changing circumstances, overcome obstacles, and persevere in the face of adversity. A great young entrepreneur must also be able to pitch their ideas, negotiate with suppliers and customers, and build a team of employees or collaborators to support their venture.

If you are a driven and ambitious individual who is working to bring their business to life while still in school, this is the category for you! 

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Nomination Questions:

As part of the Young Entrepreneur Award Category, all nominees will be asked to provide answers to the following questions in 800 characters or less per question:

  • What motivated you to start your business, and what does your business do?

  • What obstacles have you faced in building your business, and how have you overcome them?

  • What sets your business apart from others and what has it achieved so far?

  • What are your short-term and long-term goals for your business, and how do you plan to achieve them?

  • How have you balanced your entrepreneurial pursuits with your academic and personal commitments?

  • Is there anything else you wish to share?


Eligibility Criteria: 

To be able to nominate for the Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award category, you must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Must live in Australia

  • Must be a student in year 4 to year 12

  • Must have the approval of a parent or guardian to nominate 

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Our National 2023 Finalists Are Now Live!

Judging Criteria:

As part of the Young Entrepreneur Award Category, all nominations will be judged on the following criteria with each criteria weighted equally:

Skill Building

  • How has this young person worked to develop their entrepreneurial skills? Has this young person worked to refine their skills and access opportunities for personal growth?


Application & Implementation

  • How has this young person worked to bring their business ideas to life? Do they have a business that is generating revenue and growing?


Passion & Drive

  • Has this young person demonstrated a passion for their work and projects? How has this young person shown perseverance, determination and resilience along their journey?


Future Focus

  • Has this young person demonstrated a desire to continue on their entrepreneurial pathway? Where do they hope to go next and do they have a clear path to get there?

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Nominate Now:

If this award category sounds like you, we would absolutely love to see your nomination! Whilst nominations for our National Awards are closed, nominations for our Western Australia Showcase Event are open until the 19th of September 2023.


If you're not sure whether or not this is the category for you, nominate anyway as you never know, you could be Australia's next Young Entrepreneur Of The Year! 

Nominations Are Now Closed But Follow The Button Below To Meet Our 2023 Finalists.

Other Categories:

The Young Entreprenuer Of The Year Award is just one of the six awards up for grabs as part of the 2023 Next Gen Awards.


To see what other categories are open for nomination, click the button below: 

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Powered By Bond University Transformer:

Bond University Transformer is proud to sponsor the Next Gen 'Young Entrepreneur of the Year' award, recognising and encouraging outstanding achievements by young people who are passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation.


Our Transformer program offers a dedicated co-working space for undergraduate and postgraduate students, providing collaboration and independent work opportunities. With coaching and mentoring from industry professionals, potential investors, aspiring entrepreneurs and world-class academics, the Transformer is a space that nurtures the entrepreneurial spirit.


Our collaboration with the Next Gen Awards creates opportunities for the next generation of top young talent to enter university, where they can continue developing their creative thinking, innovation, and leadership skills.

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