Exceptional Magazine : 2017 Exceptional Magazine
Today’s businesses, government and individuals are responding to shifts that would have seemed unimaginable even a few years ago. Artificial intelligence and robotics are reinventing the workforce. Drones and driverless cars are transforming supply chains and logistics. Changing preferences and expectations — most notably in the millennial generation — are altering consumption patterns and demand for everything from cars to real estate. Welcome Tony Johnson Oceania CEO and Managing Partner Schalk Barnard Partner and EY Oceania Entrepreneur Of The Year Leader, Ernst & Young, Australia Entrepreneurship has never been more important at a time when disruption is fundamentally changing the way the world works. At a time when there are so many unknowns and no easy answers, we believe entrepreneurs are a key part of the solution. Entrepreneurs innovate, disrupt the status quo and build dynamic companies that are essential to the Australian and world economy. Just over a year ago, The Federal Government launched a $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda, recognising the importance of startups to Australia as value creators and job creators. The recently released Australian Innovation System Report 2016 indicates that innovative businesses contribute to over 60% of sales and employment in Australia, and they are 40% more likely to increase income and profitability1. EY’s purpose of building a better working world extends to our support of entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs by nature are legacy builders. We only have to look back in history to see how the world has been transformed by their vision. Their quest to find a better way and to drive innovation is at the heart of everything they do. EY has a long-term record of supporting entrepreneurs, in particular through the EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM program, which is entering its 17th year in Australia. We have celebrated more than 1,400 exceptional entrepreneurs in this time, connecting them to peers in 145 cities across more than 60 countries. This global EY network is leading the way in shaping our communities, our economy and our world. Almost 50% of NASDAQ listed companies are run, or were founded by Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni. Last year, for the first time in our history, an Australian was crowned World Entrepreneur Of The Year. Manny Stul of Moose Enterprise took out the award, recognised by the judges for his sustained global growth and resilience in bringing his business back from the brink of disaster in 2007 to make it one of the world’s leading toy companies. In 2016 our winners inspired us with their self-belief, innovative ideas and determination to make their vision a reality. Within the pages of this issue of Exceptional you can read about their achievements in detail. In particular, we congratulate our 2016 Australian EY Entrepreneurs Of The Year, Dr Andrew Walker and Glenn Keys of Aspen Medical Pty Ltd. Aspen Medical is one of the world’s leading providers of innovative outsourced healthcare, standing out from an impressive field of category winners for its capacity to drive economic and social change on a global scale. We wish them all the best as they go on to compete for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The YearTM in June 2017. We hope you will enjoy this issue of Exceptional and the stories of success and determination we are so proud to share. 1. Australian Innovation System Report 2016, 30 November 2016 (www.industry.gov.au/innovationreport). Licensed from the Commonwealth of Australia under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence.
2016 Exceptional Magazine