Justin Dry takes out Entrepreneur of the Year at 2014 Australian Startup Awards

- August 4, 2014 2 MIN READ

Startup Daily was proud to join forces this year with the 2014 Australian Startup Awards.

This national awards program, conducted by The Entourage, Australia’s largest entrepreneurial education institute, recognises business excellence and celebrates the achievements of Australia’s top entrepreneurs under 40.

This year, to highlight the diversity and dynamism of Australian businesses, The Entourage joined forces with a range of Australian companies to celebrate excellence in a range of categories.  Our publication supported the Startup of the Year Award. This award recognizes a highly scalable business that has experienced significant financial growth.

Managing Director of the Entourage, Jack Delosa, was proud to announce Showpo as the winner of the Startup Daily – Startup of the Year award, and explained the reason behind the judges’ decision.

“A returning winner from 2013, Jane Lu has continued to drive ShowPo as a major disruptor in online fashion. Now a market leader and expanding into television commercials, ShowPo boast a huge online following with a volume of up to 1,000 orders per day, a Facebook following of 400,000 and continued exceptional financial growth. Definitely one to watch in the coming 5 years”, Delosa remarked.

Justin Dry cofounder of Vinomofo was a double winner on the night taking out both the MYOB Online Business of the Year Award and the Spotify Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In his speeches he touched on the early days of the business when it was an uphill battle before reaching the multimillion dollar turnover they have nowadays.

He cofounded the business with his brother-in-law Andre Eikmeier in 2011. Vinomofo has grown rapidly and profitably to a run rate of $22m revenue, 260,000 members, and a team of 35.

Applications were assessed by some of Australia’s top and most successful entrepreneurs with this year’s judging panel including BRW Young Rich List Members Ruslan Kogan, Dorry Kordahi and Clair Jennifer.

The Full List of Winners were:

Spotify Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Justin Dry | Vinomofo

Startup Daily -Startup of the Year

Jane Lu | Showpo

DKM Blue Service Business of the Year

Aaron Smith | KX Pilates

Hilton Product Business of the Year

Phil Preston and Duncan Amos | Red Robot

MYOB Online Business of the Year

Justin Dry | Vinomofo

Zambrero Young Executive of the Year

David Rohrsheim | UBER

To find out more about the winners, visit www.australianstartupawards.com.au