Exceptional Magazine : 2013 Exceptional Magazine
25 Carlo The Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year award offers our Australian winner a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent the nation. The 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year country winners gathered in Monte Carlo for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year awards in June 2012. Representing Australia was Michael Malone, founder of iiNet and the overall winner of the 2011 Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year award. The story of iiNet began in Western Australia in 1993. "My motivation for starting iiNet was really just necessity," Michael says. "When I graduated from university I was well and truly hooked on the Internet, but at the time there were no ISPs operating in Western Australia. So when I moved back home, the only solution was to set it up for myself." From this humble start, Michael has built iiNet up to become Australia's second largest DSL internet service provider with over 1.3 million customers nationally. "Michael Malone is a fantastic example of Australian entrepreneurial spirit," said Bryan Zekulich, Entrepreneur Of The Year Oceania Leader. "Like so many entrepreneurs, he started his business in his garage and with courage and determination, grew it to take on established market players." "Meeting so many inspirational and successful entrepreneurs was a major highlight of the week," Michael said. In particular, Michael enjoyed meeting Irish country winners Joe Hogan and Niall Norton of Openet. In honour of his Irish heritage, they gave him an Irish tricolour to wear alongside his Aussie fag pin during the awards ceremony. "The calibre of the other country winners was very high," Michael said. "It was a great experience." 2012 Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year Anthony Podesta will travel to Monte Carlo in June to compete at the 2013 World Entrepreneur Of The Year awards. "Meeting so many inspirational and successful entrepreneurs was a major highlight of the week.” Michale Malone, iiNet An Aussie in Michael Malone being interviewed by CNN. See all the action from World Entrepreneur Of The Year. Watch interviews with the 2011 country winners and see the winning moments at www.ey.com/weoy.
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