Smart50 Awards

The 2017 Smart50 Awards were hosted in Melbourne on Thursday 19 October. Read about our Smart50 winners here.

Award Categories

Smart & Lasting

A hall of fame for those on the Smart50 who have stood the test of time.

Judged by SmartCompany editor Eloise Keating and Professor of Family Business Entrepreneurship, School of Management at RMIT University Kosmas Smyrnios.

Top Franchise

Awarded for business growth and development, new initiatives, employee satisfaction and savvy marketing.

Judged by Executive Chairman of the Franchise Council of Australia Bruce Billson, SmartCompany editor Eloise Keating and Professor of Family Business Entrepreneurship, School of Management at RMIT University Kosmas Smyrnios.

Top Retailer

Acknowledging innovations in product offer, outstanding customer service, employee care and sales and marketing initiatives.

Judged by NORA founder Paul Greenberg, SmartCompany editor Eloise Keating and Professor of Family Business Entrepreneurship, School of Management at RMIT University Kosmas Smyrnios.

Top Exporter

Awarded for innovation and excellence in international business, solid growth in export markets, exceptional supply chain management, and creativity in tackling challenges.

Judged by Export Council of Australia's head of product Collins Rex, SmartCompany editor Eloise Keating and Professor of Family Business Entrepreneurship, School of Management at RMIT University Kosmas Smyrnios.

Top Innovator

Awarded for online or offline innovation, acknowledges initiatives that spark progressive change in their industry or business, original ideas and disruptive strategies.

Judged by Kelly Ralston, General Manager, Austrade, SmartCompany editor Eloise Keating and Professor of Family Business Entrepreneurship, School of Management at RMIT University Kosmas Smyrnios.

Community Hero

Awarded to the business that has demonstrated commitment to their community through leadership and business skills contributions.

Judged by Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell, SmartCompany editor Eloise Keating and Professor of Family Business Entrepreneurship, School of Management at RMIT University Kosmas Smyrnios.

Top Regional

Acknowledges the most influential and successful business operating in regional or remote areas. New for 2017.

Judged by Federal Minister for Small Business The Hon Michael McCormack, SmartCompany editor Eloise Keating and Professor of Family Business Entrepreneurship, School of Management at RMIT University Kosmas Smyrnios.

Top Marketer

For businesses that have executed successful, innovative marketing campaigns in the areas of digital marketing, PR or general advertising. New for 2017.

Judged by founder and managing director of Character Kate Dinon, SmartCompany editor Eloise Keating and Professor of Family Business Entrepreneurship, School of Management at RMIT University Kosmas Smyrnios.

Smart50 Awards 2017

Why should you enter the Smart50 Awards?

The annual Smart50 awards acknowledge Australia’s fastest growing SMEs. For ten years, they’ve consistently shone a light on some of our most influential and successful entrepreneurs. Being acknowledged on the list is not just a great boon for your business, it’s a galvanising moment for you and your team, as you acknowledge all the hard work that has led to continuous, sustainable growth.

Have a look at some of the previous years’ Smart50 listers here. To understand more about the Smart50 Awards, download our FAQs and full Terms and Conditions.

Our Sponsors

Premium sponsor:   mastercard logo

With thanks to our Innovation Category sponsor, Austrade austrade logo

Our Top Marketer Category sponsor, Your Brand Unleashed 

and supporting partner, RMIT Activator