2012 May Winners

EMERGING BUSINESS – Evolution Geothermal

Evolution Geothermal delivers an in-exhaustible energy source, reducing energy consumption by up to 75%, for cooling, heating and hot water. This process delivers no risk to the environment, due to the drilling technology used. It also provides an alternative to Australia’s current carbon issues, and is well supported by the federal government. Evolution Geothermal is working with Australian and international manufacturers and leading Australian Geothermal organisations to deliver the most efficient and cost effective energy for the Australian people



Celebrating its’ 25th anniversary of operation, Technigro is Australia’s leading urban vegetation management company. With an engrained history on the Gold Coast,Technigro has a rich family culture, employing 3 generations of the Bloor family.

Technigro has evolved from a one-man operation, to a dedicated team of 95 through a continued commitment to harnessing people, technology, knowledge & systems to change the way vegetation is managed forever.



Adbri Masonry is the leading manufacturer of concrete masonry systems including blocks, bricks, paving, permeable paving, retaining walls, decorative cladding and environmental products. The corporate office is located at Stapylton, and currently employs approximately 360 staff across 16 sites. Innovation, sustainability and the environment represent key elements in Abri Masonry’s culture and R & D. Recycled aggregates facilitate the manufacture of sustainable systems and solutions.


Inflatable Rashi have produced the Worlds First Rated Sun Smart Inflatable Swim Shirt. Brand name EVIE (Emergency Vest Inflatable Equipment), is patented and set to revolutionise the water safety industry. “Evie” is durable & made of the best known life saving and sun protection materials, easy to wear, non impeding and gives that added confidence & reassurance to those in, on & around the water.


Zarraffa’s Coffee was established in 1996 by ex-pat American Kenton Campbell, who after being left jobless, borrowed $9,000.00 on a personal loan to start up what has become a 52 store franchisor business, with a stellar reputation for product and service. Now Zarraffa’s Coffee is the largest coffee franchise in Queensland, the 17th Fastest Growing Franchise on the BRW list & has an additional 11 stores opening in 2012.



LEAPIN mobile phone room-check-in is the new way to check-in to your Hotel Room. LEAPIN is the world’s first iPhone/Android app that lets you LEAP over the check-in reception desk and goes straight IN to your room. By downloading the LEAPIN app you can get your LEAPIN key – a time-sensitive PIN code that opens your door. The code is only valid for the duration of your stay. LEAPIN are one of ten Australian companies which have been accepted in the number 1 startup accelerator program in the world “The techstars global accelerator program”.



Since pioneering laser eye surgery in Australia in 1991, The Vision Institute Southport have been at the forefront of technological and medical advances. They have some of the most experienced laser eye surgery, refractive, retinal and cataract surgeons, not just in Australia but the world. With in excess of 60 staff members The Vision Eye Institute is internationally recognised as a global centre of excellence and remains one of the Gold Coasts leading employers and trainers in eye care.


iVvy is cloud based event management software that brings together a range of powerful tools for publishing, promoting and managing events and membership. iVvy’s powerful online event and delegate management software manages your entire event – from speakers, sponsors, budgets and tasks, to sessions, name badges and agendas. It can be used to manage multi-day conferences or even small seminars and meetings.


Virotec Global Solutions is a world leader in implementing unique technologies that tackle the major problems of environmental degradation and the accumulation of human and industrial wastes.

The proven, patented, state-of-the-art technologies developed by Virotec enable companies and public utilities to meet government regulatory waste treatment standards, reduce future liabilities and help safeguard the environment.


SEE Group sees off the opposition to win award

  Civil construction company SEE Group is building a stronger reputation after winning a major business award. The Gold Coast company, which was established in 1988 and now employs 240 people, has won the Gold Coast Business Excellence Award for Construction and Trades for August. Company director Mark Turner and marketing ad...

Evolve Skateboards races to another victory

Internationally expanding Gold Coast-based Evolve Skateboard has claimed another award victory. The Varsity-Lakes headquartered company, which now sells designer electric skateboards in 30 countries, was named the winner of the Manufacturing category for the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards for July.

Headed up by Jeff and F...

Emerging company aims to become big cheese

Gold Coast company Dairy Free Down Under is on its way to becoming the "big cheese" after collecting a prestigious new business award. Dairy Free Down Under, which is now Australia's only large-scale manufacturer of gluten free, dairy-free, vegan-friendly cheese substitutes; was named the winners of the Emerging Busines...

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