Brisbane’s business innovators: 56 finalists vie for Lord Mayor’s Business Awards

A HIGH-RESOLUTION RADAR named GroundProbe that predicts mine site collapses; a food delivery service, Food Connect, that links local farmers with consumers; and Law on Earth, an online platform helping people access legal services, are among 56 finalists in this year’s Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Business Awards.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the 2019 finalists represent the wide breadth of talent and ingenuity within Brisbane’s business community.

“The 2019 finalists demonstrate why Brisbane is one of Australia’s most progressive and business-friendly cities – a place where collaboration is a genuine part of business,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Every year, the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards unearth stories of world-leading innovations, best-practice environmental and sustainable initiatives, and inspiring business leaders and entrepreneurs. 

“These businesses and individuals make a positive impact on our local economy and community, but also internationally with ground-breaking research, products and services,” he said.

“As a finalist for the Queensland Urban Utilities Award for Product Innovation, GroundProbe’s SSR-OMNI is the highest resolution radar on the market and is used around the world to predict mine collapses with 100 percent accuracy, delivering enormous safety and productivity benefits,” Cr Schrinner said.

“In the new ISPT Award for Outstanding Social Enterprise category, Food Connect is supporting local farmers and bringing healthy communities closer together through its fresh food hub and delivery service. 

“The new Brisbane City Council Award for Outstanding Micro Business recognises companies including Law on Earth, which offers an easy and affordable way for people to access legal documents and information – a process many find daunting,” he said.

“It’s also pleasing to see an inspiring group of finalists vying for Young Business Person and Business Person of the Year – people who exemplify why Brisbane is Australia’s New World City,” Cr Schrinner said.

“These are just a few examples among the group of outstanding finalists that all contribute to our vibrant community and fuel our city with the confidence that anything is possible.

“Many successful and innovation businesses call Brisbane home and I’m pleased to see an incredibly strong group of finalists this year,” Cr Schrinner said.

“I look forward to joining Brisbane’s business community at the 2019 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards Gala Dinner on October 18, where the winners of the 11 categories will be announced.”

2019 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards finalists

Queensland Urban Utilities Award for Product Innovation finalists:

  • GroundProbe for SSR-Omni
  • Microba
  • Seipel Group Pty Ltd for Urox Bladder Control
  • Superloop for ClearView Behavioural Analytics
  • Watkins Steel

Brisbane City Council Award for Outstanding Micro Business finalists:

  • Charlton Innovation
  • Law on Earth
  • Mizzie the Kangaroo
  • Signs Australia
  • Solaire Properties
  • World’s Biggest Garage Sale

Australia Pacific LNG Award for Business Innovation finalists:

  • MTA Queensland
  • Nightlife Music
  • PeopleBench
  • Seipel Group Pty Ltd
  • Surgical Performance

ANZ Award for High-Growth Business Start-up finalists:

  • AssetOn Group Pty Ltd
  • Citrus International
  • Clipchamp Pty Ltd
  • MOVUS Australia Pty Ltd

HSBC Award for Doing Business in Asia finalists:

  • HART Sport
  • Palladium
  • Superloop
  • Tritium
  • Urbis

Yurika Award for Environmental Sustainability in Business finalists:

  • Brisbane Airport Corporation
  • Sekisui House Australia
  • Solaire Properties
  • TyreStock Pty Ltd
  • University of Queensland

ISPT Award for Outstanding Social Enterprise finalists:

  • Food Connect
  • Juiced TV
  • Leap in!
  • Stronger Smarter Institute
  • World’s Biggest Garage Sale

CCIQ Award for Outstanding Small Business finalists:

  • Aremdeco Pty Ltd
  • CrossFit Torian
  • Liquid State
  • New Farm Confectionery
  • Nourish’d
  • Universal Field Robots

Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd Award for New Investment in Brisbane finalists:

  • Brisbane Airport Corporation
  • Consolidated Properties Group
  • Hilton Foods Australia
  • The Fortitude Music Hall
  • Student One

Singapore Airlines Award for Young Business Person of the Year finalists:

  • Abbey Crompton – Nourish’d
  • Ally Kelly – Mind Blank Ltd
  • Harrison Black – Foster & Black
  • Jonathon Runge - VostroNet
  • Matthew McHutchison - IVAA

The Courier-Mail Award for Business Person of the Year finalists:

  • Dr Chris Jeffery – Field Orthopaedics
  • Jano Kotzas – The Prop House
  • Maxine Horne – Vita Group
  • Scott Hutchinson – Hutchinson Builders
  • Simon Kirkpatrick – Gateway Motorways

Optus Business Platinum Award:  This category recognizes the outstanding overall winner.

Other LMBA sponsors include:  BDO, Channel 7, Epicure and Sirromet.

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