A record number of start-ups entered the 2013 StartupSmart Awards, proudly sponsored by DFK Australia New Zealand, demonstrating the stunning depth in entrepreneurial talent in Australia.
The awards, organised by StartupSmart.com.au, Australia’s leading news and advice resource for start-ups, recognise the most innovative and fastest-growing new businesses in Australia.
The judges of the 2013 awards had the difficult task of picking out winners in the eight individual categories, which were announced at a ceremony at the Victorian Investment Centre in Melbourne on March 20.
But the overall winner is 1800Approved, a Queensland finance brokerage that took out the Fastest Growing Start-up award.
The business topped our top 50 list of fastest-growing businesses – you can read profiles of each of the 50 below – after posting an impressive $20 million revenue after just three years of operation.
The winner gets a Private Media advertising package worth $10,000, along with a strategic review and planning workshop, supplied by DFK, which is also worth $10,000.
Entrants had to be up and running for under four years and have revenue over $250,000 to be eligible for the top 50.
Other prizes include Best Start-up Idea, Best Green Start-up, Best Start-up Product, Best Services Start-up, Best Online Strategy, Best Start-up Investor and Best Young Entrepreneur.
There is also the Start-up Hero award, a special prize for a particularly inspiring entrepreneurial story.
Below, you can read profiles on each of the 50 fastest-growing start-ups and the category award winners..
- Fastest Growing Start-up: 1800Approved
- Best Start-up Product: Safescape
- Best Services Start-up Boardcave.com
- Best online Strategy: InsideTrak
- Best Green Start-up: Greensense
- Best Start-up Investor Award: AngelCube
- Best Start-up Idea Tweaky.com
- Best Young Entrepreneur Ash Davies of Tablo Publishing
- Start-up Hero: Energy Intelligence
- 1 1800Approved
- 3 Primero Group
- 5 StoneBridge Systems
- 7 Vinomofo
- 9 Flippa.com
- 13Joint Venture Group
- 15Training for Work
- 17Search Engine Experts
- 19Macro Traffic Control
- 21Ice Online
- 23WattElse Solar
- 27Nepean Industry Edge Training
- 29Palmer Higgs Investments
- 31GIS People
- 33Expanda Van Homes
- 37Harvest Box
- 39Wave Digital
- 41Paws for Life
- 43MBS Services Australia
- 2 SCO Recruitment
- 4 Zwift International
- 6 Pearl Recruitment Group
- 8 SA Construct
- 10Maniac Mining
- 12Web Marketing Experts
- 16ECI Engineering
- 18Interior Secrets
- 22Metrix Consulting
- 24Mexia Consulting
- 26InXpress 101
- 28Temple & Webster
- 30My Cube Australia
- 32Living Environs
- 34Energy Intelligence
- 38Pangolin Associates
- 40Clear Blue Water
- 42Smart SEO
- 44Student Rooms
- 46Rope Pro High Access Services
- 48Golftec Australia
- 50Kare Kard
Bruce Jeffreys was part of the Sustainability Unit within the NSW Department of Planning, where he worked on sustainable development projects for new residential homes and apartments. In 2003, with business partner Nic Lowe, he founded Australia's first and now largest professional car sharing service, GoGet.
Chairman, DFK Australia New Zealand
As Chairman of DFKANZ, an accounting and business advisory association with 14 independent offices, Chris directs the members focus on serving the diverse needs of fast growing businesses. Previously Chris founded his own accountancy practise in Sydney that grew to a 5 partner firm before joining DFK.
CEO, Pola Cosmetics
As CEO of Pola Cosmetics Australia and New Zealand, Marcia Griffin grew the business to become a multibillion dollar company. A company director and motivational speaker, Marcia founded skincare range griffin + row in 2008.
Partner, MPR Group
Marc Peskett is a partner of MPR Group, a Melbourne based firm that specialises in providing business advisory, tax, outsourced accounting and grants and funding services, to fast growing technology and innovation businesses.
Fred Schebesta is a founder of Finder.com.au which runs a network of comparison sites which include: Credit Card Finder, Home Loan Finder, Life Insurance Finder and Savings Account Finder. Fred loves to save people money and help entrepreneurs with their online marketing. Previously Fred was involved with Freestyle Media which was acquired in 2007. .
Owner, The Lingerie Boutique
Just three years ago, Costabir was a 21-year-old with absolutely no business experience. Now she owns and operates two firms – The Lingerie Boutique and Sheer Novice. Costabir is rapidly making her mark has one of the leading young online retail entrepreneurs in Australia.
Director, ATP Innovations
Andrew is the director of business development at ATP Innovations, a leading start-up incubator that has helped more than 80 ventures raise over $96 million in the past five years. Andrew is also a co-founder of investment group Sydney Angels and lectures in entrepreneurship at the University of Sydney.
Oliver Milman is the editor of StartupSmart. He has worked as a journalist for almost a decade, most recently as a senior reporter at B&T. Oliver previously worked on the UK online publication Startups.co.uk.