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 27 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.
Kate Save, her co-founder Dr Geoffrey Draper, and the team at Be Fit Food have experienced massive growth and overcome many challenges since launching in 2014. But as their wins at the 2018 Telstra Business Awards - including Victorian Business of the Year and the Small & Succeeding Award - have shown, their hard work has paid off. In episode one, Adam speaks to Kate about growing your small business, minus the pain.Watch the full episode here
Chosen by our judges, the Alumni Achievement 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 is announced at the National Final and will join the Telstra Business Awards Alumni Hall of Fame.
2018 Alumni Achievement Award Winner – Nexba Beverages
Since winning the 2015 Telstra Australian Micro Business Award, Nexba Beverages have expanded their distribution from small independent grocers into major retailers across Australia and are set to launch in the UK with a major supermarket chain. They were selected for this inaugural award for having experienced 150% year-on-year consecutive growth and launching multiple new products in just a few short years. Nexba Beverages said that winning a Telstra Business Award helped them gain recognition and credibility to propel relationships and partnerships that have driven growth with purpose. Throughout their growth, Telstra has supported them to work remotely, stay connected and drive performance.
Business is a constant learning curve – an ongoing challenge to review, adapt and grow. ‘That’ lesson learnt might be an error to retreat from, or a teachable moment that shows the way forward.
All businesses face ‘that’ early struggle – simply getting the courage to take the plunge, finding the finances, or doing it all yourself. It could be a moment that’s make or break, but the lessons learned from these carry the business forward in better shape than ever.
Every business experiences ‘that’ challenge– when crises strike, when radical change has to be made, when failure comes uncomfortably close. If you’re lucky, you get to learn from it, and use it as a catalyst for ongoing success.
Each successful business experiences ‘that’ inspiration moment – a concept for a new venture, discovering an untapped niche, an idea to transform the way things are, a problem in need of a solution. ‘That’ moment is where the journey of creating a sustainable, prosperous business begins.
Discovering ‘that’ tech can revolutionise a business – adopting and implementing the right technology is a game-changer. It might be new computer software that replaces old and cumbersome systems. Or it could be new apps that create opportunities once thought impossible.
Every business receives advice at some point – tips on how to start out, improve or get ahead in their industry. It might be a simple suggestion, or it might be a radical recommendation. Successful businesses tend to know when to listen, when to ignore and when to pull the trigger.
After a taste of start-up success, every business needs to think about ‘that’ next step – whether scaling up or slowing down, revisiting the business model, or exploring a new technology. The next step might be leap of faith, or a moment for consolidation.
Every successful business has ‘that’ first win – when persistence and a pinch of good luck pay off, and the tides turn in their favour. It might happen as soon as a business starts up, or it could take years. But it’s always ‘that’ moment when hard work combines with serendipity.