REVEALED: South Australia’s 40 Under 40 for 2021

Meet the 2021 winners of InDaily’s fourth annual awards program celebrating the state’s young business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Jun 11, 2021, updated Jun 11, 2021

On a night with many memorable moments, the mood of the room was summed up when Rural and Regional Award winner Nick Berry had more than 340 people standing up and ‘grinding’ to demonstrate how his Seed Terminator weed crushing machine works.

Grinding along with the packed house were special guests South Australia Governor Hieu Van Le AC and the Leader of the Opposition Peter Malinauskas MP.

But the gala was much more than the awards and fun.

Keynote speaker Michael Waite shared his experiences around the theme of encouraging awardees to keep evolving, citing the role of mentors, maximizing time and personal health in his journey.

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help and get yourself a mentor,” said Waite, an SA expat who returned to the state and began The Naracoorte Community News and is now a director at Lenswood Apples.

Waite, who at 44 is also a young business leader, shared with the guests his journey – complete with mistakes and setbacks – from a professional tennis player in the South East to grabbing opportunities at university in the United States to being “head of finance for Bill Gates’s investment office” to running for Treasurer of Washington State and back to Australia and Naracoorte.

Keynote Speaker Michael Waite at the 2021 40 Under 40 Awards at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

He challenged the room to imagine a world where we all kept evolving.

“So, imagine for a moment, the connected compassion and excellence of our communities, our state, our nation and our world if we all kept evolving,” he said.

“If you want to see real change and have an impact, you have to stand up and be heard.

“There are so many passionate people here tonight who are doing just that, in their own way and I can feel that energy and collective impact in the room.”

The chair of the judging panel, David Rohrsheim, also told the award winners and guests to be heard.

“Adelaide sometimes can be a ‘wait your turn’ sort of place,” said the manager of the SA Venture Capital Fund Portfolio, who is also young enough to qualify for the awards.

“This is a room that knows that tomorrow will not be a better time to pursue their dreams.”

Chair of 40 Under 40 judges David Rohrsheim.

Rohrsheim said what made the 40 Under 40 Awards unique was that they are concentrated on business leadership.

“SA has plenty of leaders in other fields, such as sportspeople and politicians,” he said.

“Businesses exist to make stuff happen, and along the way you create jobs.

“Jobs are so important for our state to prosper, and this room has created hundreds of jobs.”

InDaily journalist Stephanie Richards, another young leader in the state, told the audience that living in Adelaide is not something she takes for granted, especially now the city has been ranked the third most liveable city on the planet.

InDaily journalist Stephanie Richards.

“Now more than ever we need young people to step up and prove that Adelaide is more than just a liveable city – but a place to do work,” she said.

“We need people who are already challenging the status quo and who have sharp ideas about how things can be different to inspire the next crop of young people to forge their career here.”

2021 40 Under 40

Aaron Hickmann, Founder & CEO, VALO

Adam Grocke, Founder & CEO, Sherlok

Alice Fitch, Founder, Whola

Allison Nikula, Founder & CEO, CareApp Group

Anna Pak Poy, Chair/Founder, Careerlink People Solutions, Rare Find Foundation, Pak Poy & Partners

Bec Hardy, Co-Managing Director, Bec Hardy Wines

Ben Morton, Executive Director/CTO, Bygen

Ben Tripodi, CEO, Lumin Sports/ Hoap

Bruce Djite, Director of Football, Adelaide United (incoming CEO, Committee for Adelaide)

Craig Rivett, Managing Director, Helping Heroes / Community Assist

Dani Cuff, Co-Founder, Harrison McMillan

Emilio De Stefano, Director & Principal, De Stefano & Co

Emily Welyhorskyj, Chief Operating Officer, HenderCare

George Georgiadis, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Never Never Distilling Co.

Jack Cameron, Founder/ Head of Marketing, Pirate Life Brewing

Jade Torres, Director , Pwerle Pty Ltd

Jake Press, Founder, FOUR

James Preuss, Managing Director and Founder, Concierge Genetics

Jane Brunton, Manager -Commercial, OZ Minerals

Jennifer Lynch, CEO, McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association

Jess de Campo, Chair, Imagine Uraidla

Julia Ritorto & Kathryn Forth, Creative Directors, Acler & Significant Other

Katie Donaldson, Managing Director, Praxis Aeronautics

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Kellie Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director, EP Analysis

Kristin Carson-Chahhoud, Associate Research Professor, University of South Australia

Lisa Mrowka, Founder, ADL Support Services

Louise Heesom, Casting Director, Heesom Casting

Lyndsey Jackson, Chief Technology Officer & Co-founder, Platfarm

Marissa Schulze, Managing Director, Rise High Financial Solutions

Mathew D’Onofrio, Founder/CEO/Owner, Nightlife First Aid

Matt Downie, Director, iElectrical and Communications

Matthew Pezzuto, Managing Director, Horizon Construction Services

Matthew Wilkins, Chief Executive Officer, Venergy Australia

Mike Scott, CEO, Nona Digital

Nick Berry, Founder/Managing Director, Seed Terminator

Paul Baker, Director, Chefs On Wheels

Qi Wu, Director of Research, Australian Institute of Machine Learning

Simon White, Managing Director, Waternish Engineering

Stephen Moss, Chief Executive Officer, Trymoss Engineering Pty Ltd

Tom Welsby, Managing Director, ResVu

Individual Award Winners

First Among Equals presented by Solstice Media

Jack Cameron, Pirate Life Brewing / Founder and Head of Marketing

Emerging Industries Award presented by Piper Alderman

Katie Donaldson, Praxis Aeronautics / Managing Director

Creative Thinker Award presented by KWP!

George Georgiadis, Never Never Distilling Co. / Co-founder & Managing Director

Rural and Regional Award presented by ANZ

Nick Berry, Seed Terminator / Founder & Managing Director

Discovery Award presented by Adelaide BioMed City

Qi Wu, Australian Institute of Machine Learning, The University of Adelaide / Director of Research

Entrepreneurial Award Award presented by William Buck

Aaron Hickmann, VALO / Founder & CEO

Inspiring Disruptor Award presented by OTR

Allison Nikula, CareApp Group / Founder & CEO

Social Impact Award presented by Community Corporate

Craig Rivett, Helping Heroes & Community Assist / Managing Director

Read about all the winners and more in the Winter Edition of CityMag hitting the streets of Adelaide today.

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