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Welcome to Telstra’s Business Awards Alumni

It’s not just recognition you’ll gain when you and your business become a part of the Telstra Business Awards Alumni. You’ll also become part of Australia’s most prestigious business community. For over 25 years, life-changing connections have been made through our Alumni program. Collaborate with the brightest minds, the most innovative businesses and access world class technology to help your business thrive.

Build relationships with people that count, learn how to overcome relatable business struggles and feel part of a lifelong community backed with our support. Plus make the most of our education initiatives including live and digital events, access to rich insight-driven content, and having experts in the fields on hand to help.

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2018 Alumni Achievement Award

The Alumni Achievement Award is a new category in the Telstra Business Awards. Chosen by our judges, this award is designed to celebrate the past Telstra Business Award winners and finalists who have taken their achievements to the next level since their win. The winner of the Alumni Achievement Award will be announced at the National Final and will join the Telstra Business Awards Alumni Hall of Fame. Businesses can enter via the online submission below, entries close on Monday August 27. Don’t miss the opportunity to spotlight your past and present achievements.

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Meet our Alumni

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Telstra Judge
NSW
Spell & The Gypsy Collective
Elizabeth Abegg

“We’re demonstrating to the fashion industry how a female-centric small business can grow and flourish in regional Australia.”

Telstra Judge
SA
GenWise Health
Dr Sebastian Rees

“The recognition that we have gained through the Telstra Business Awards has certainly helped to increase recognition and legitimacy around our business.”

Telstra Judge
NSW
Love to Dream
Hana-Lia Krawchuk

“Love To Dream has designed a three-stage sleep system and accompanying garments that help babies sleep better from birth to four years of age.

Telstra Judge
NSW
Stone & Wood
Jamie Cook

“A lot has changed since we won our award in 2014. We only had 24 employees and now we have 100. We’re continuing to grow and a big part [of winning the award] was building the pride in the local community.”

Telstra Judge
VIC
ELK
Marnie Goding

“In an environment where so much fashion is seen as disposable and at the whim of fleeting trends, ELK offers a head-to-toe wardrobe solution that can be worn across seasons.”

Telstra Judge
NSW
Over The Moo
Alex Houseman

"The award is widely recognised within the business community. It makes our pitch easier because our little brand now carries a big endorsement from Telstra. This has definitely helped us push a few doors open."

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Telstra Business Awards
2018 Telstra Business Awards finalists announced
2018 Telstra Business Awards finalists announced

Businesses leading through new technology, legacy and social change are among 82 finalists in the 2018 Telstra Business Awards.

Customer Experience
Search engine marketing: can small businesses be more competitive?
Search engine marketing: can small businesses be more competitive?

The majority of Australian customers regularly use search engines to find and research a business, but only 26 per cent of small businesses use search engine optimisation (SEO) to be more easily found.

Customer Experience
Social media marketing: Can your business be more socially active?
Social media marketing: Can your business be more socially active?

79 per cent of Australians use social media, with 59 per cent logging in five times a day or more (Sensis*). Yet many small businesses are unsure how to use social media effectively to attract customers.

Success Stories
Being digital-only gives Mountain Bikes Direct the competitive advantage
Being digital-only gives Mountain Bikes Direct the competitive advantage

Since launching online in 2012, Mountain Bikes Direct has supplied customers Australia-wide with specialist mountain bike equipment. Co-founder Jen Geale says e-commerce made it possible.

Success Stories
Booktopia continues to set trends in e-commerce success by putting customers first
Booktopia continues to set trends in e-commerce success by putting customers first

When CEO Tony Nash co-founded Booktopia in 2004, e-commerce was a fledg-ling industry. With a background in digital marketing, Nash invested $10 a day in Google AdWords. Booktopia has been growing ever since.

Success Stories
I'll be the judge of that! What do Telstra Business Awards judges look for?
I'll be the judge of that! What do Telstra Business Awards judges look for?

Every year, a team of judges drawn from a wide variety of roles and fields are given the difficult task of reviewing and short listing a growing pile of entries for the Telstra Business Awards.