Westpac names top 200 businesses tackling tomorrow’s challenges
Two hundred businesses have been named as Westpac’s 2018 Businesses of Tomorrow
Westpac has named 200 Australian businesses that have been recognised for their vision to help shape and drive the nation’s economic future.
Among the winning businesses are charitable organisations, companies investing in improving environmental impacts and associations that invest in not-for-profits. Each exemplifies adaptability, resilience and a readiness to meet tomorrow’s challenges.
Chief Executive of Westpac Business Bank and 2018 program judge, David Lindberg, said the applicants had demonstrated the scale of movement of the economy into a digital world and are capitalising on opportunities for growth.
These opportunities include, “Breaking new markets, developing technology that helps people with autism gain employment, providing better analysis for solar energy users, using technology to make prescription glasses more durable and affordable and transforming waste into useful materials.”
Lindberg added that over half of the businesses have an ambition to expand to the global marketplace and Westpac looks forward to seeing the entrepreneurial spirit of Australians succeed, “because we have great talent and ideas in this country.”
Twenty of the top 200 Businesses of Tomorrow will receive a two-week study tour to Silicon Valley and a tailored $50,000 professional services package from a choice of select providers offering legal services, PR and communications, customer relationship management and management consulting.
Included in the top 20 is Orange Sky Australia, a charitable and community services organisation offering free mobile laundry and shower services to Australia’s homeless. Repurpose It, a recycling and resource recovery group, and Humanitix, a ticketing service that distributes booking fees to charities, also made the top 20.
“As Australia continues to make the transition to a services and knowledge-based economy, it’s increasingly important for businesses to broaden their skills, tap into shared-knowledge and strengthen professional networks,” Lindberg said.
“Burgeoning businesses are critical to our success as a nation and to continue our 20-plus years of economic growth. By bringing together the right minds, tools and support, we are backing businesses that will help deliver a stronger, more prosperous Australia.”
The top 20 businesses are:
- Dresden Optics
- Orange Sky Australia
- Planet Innovation
- Redback Technologies
- Repurpose It
- Whole Kids