The win will see Westley, an entrepreneur, go to Sir Richard Branson’s Caribbean Necker Island for the Ignite Change leadership gathering, a series of workshops and development opportunities alongside business leaders and other high-profile people who are joining forces to use entrepreneurial approaches to reinvent the world.
The CareMonkey user-controlled solution automates the process of gathering medical information, emergency contacts and permission forms from members and employees, with the information tabled and provided to authorised carers such as supervisors, teachers and sports coaches via smart-phones and tablets to assist in emergency situations.
As well as Wesley’s APAC win, Sir Richard Branson announced the UK and European winner of the second top Talent Unleashed Award is Samiya Parvez, COO of Adiamo – a solution delivering an integrated clinical service and software platform that uses 3D scanning, 3D printing, and predictive analytics to create custom orthotics for disabled children.
Talent founder and managing director Richard Earl, said the calibre of entries in the awards this year “certainly reflected the position that people, planet and profit are not alternative goals and it was pleasing to see four of the five APAC Award finalists coming from within Australia.”
“Innovations requires bravery and this needs to be celebrated. Social and environmental issues represent some of the greatest opportunities to find new markets of profitable growth, more lasting and engaging sources of competitive advantage, that can engage people and communities in more effective ways that reduce cost and risk.”
The awards were judged by an international panel that included Sir Richard Branson, Steve Wozniak of Apple and Silicon Valley fame, Seek CEO Andrew Bassat, and Cliff Rosenberg, Managing Director of LinkedIn South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Earl said the recognition by world leading entrepreneurs was “only the start of the winners’ and finalists’ business journeys.”
“Talent is working to harness the power of the technology community to influence, create change and shape ideas to provide a strong entrepreneurial environment to support the work environment and society.”
“It is certainly our intention to provide mentorship and support to the finalists and winners today to ensure their success. Indeed, it is people like them that will be our future business leaders and will ensure Australia is not left behind but can flourish and lead the way from a business, economic and societal standpoint. Given the high calibre of our entrepreneurs, Australia has the potential to punch well above its weight in the digital revolution, particularly if they are given greater support by the Australian government and corporate Australia as is happening in other countries like the UK, US and New Zealand.”
Other APAC winners of Talent Unleashed Awards, and their winning solutions, are:
• Aviva Beecher Kelk, founder of Clickability, APAC Best Start-Up (Social or Community Impact) Award: Clickability is a first of its kind, Australian disability service directory which features ratings and reviews from people who use disability services. Designed to allow people with a disability to have real choice about their care, it empowers these people to become literate customers
• Suzanne Hall, founder of BE Intent, APAC Best Digital Business (SME) Award: BE Intent uses technology to assist with solving the issues of workplace stress, bullying and mental health issues. It is a cost-effective and innovative way for leaders to make better decisions concerning their employees and increase business productivity and profit
• Carl Hartmann, founder of Temando, APAC Best Tech IPO/Venture Capital Raising Award: Temando connects the world’s logistical resources into a single intelligent platform to make commerce universally accessible to everybody. Temando’s solutions allow merchants to move goods from location to location, creating efficient and amazing delivery experiences for customers
• Russell Francis, founder of Velpic, APAC Most Disruptive CIO/CTO Award: Russell is an entrepreneur and Internet Pioneer with more than 23 years international experience running successful businesses that build enterprise scale applications, web apps and mobile apps for the likes of Citibank, ABN AMRO, P&O, Lloyds TSB, Dixons Stores Group, ASDA, Bankwest, Western Power and Goldman Sachs. In 2014 Russell launched Belpic, a SaaS cloud-based training, induction and education platform for businesses that will be publicly listed in October.