The 2018 Smart50 Awards showcases Australia’s fastest growing small to medium sized businesses from 2017-2018. Read the full list of Smart50 Category Award winners here.
Starting out as a hobby project run from a kitchen table strewn with nappies and kids toys, Code Camp now boasts over $6 million in revenue and runs in over 150 schools in Australia.
“Code Camp saw an opportunity to create a fun and engaging way for kids to learn the skills that will provide them with better working opportunities in the future.”
These founders say the most important thing business owners can do is be kind to themselves, and starting a business is “a lot harder than people think”.
“We will never stop evolving, and we always plan at least two or three years ahead.”
This business is trying to take on Australia’s property and real estate sector “draconian” old guard with a tech-first approach.
“Business owners need to talk to each other more, but more importantly, we need to stop being stingy with what we know.”
The founders of data-driven marketing agency Yoghurt Digital have discovered being a new player in a traditional sector is “a double-edged sword”.
“In the early stages of Yoghurt, battling larger, more established agencies for clients was a big challenge for us.”
Andy Fryer and Adam Parnell thought the highly disrupted sign industry would be a great challenge, so the pair jumped straight in.
“Being very passionate about technology and its application in business, we thought we could embrace the change where other businesses were falling behind.”
Not only does this business love helping people make money, but it is making a fair bit itself, boasting revenue of over $8 million in the last financial year.
“If it’s just for the money you ultimately will not be fulfilled by the impact that business makes on the world.”
Hunter Mason is no stranger to the Smart50 Awards, taking home the number one spot in 2015, and putting up respectable showings every year since.
“Don't compare yourself to others — compare yourself to your plan and what you plan to achieve.”
The future of online marketing is firmly rooted in video, and this business is hoping to be at the forefront, debunking the perception of video being costly.
“Video is truly disrupting the way brands market to their consumers and it’s so important that it’s accessible to anyone.”
Founded by two former execs at Australian media giant Fairfax, Storyation is trying to fill the gap for businesses looking for high-quality branded content.
“To connect with audiences, brands need to provide something of value to them long before the point of purchase.”
Sometimes, the mark of a good business is one which does exactly what it says on the tin.
“Going from freelancing to actually running a small business, then suddenly a really big business, has been learning curves every step of the way.”