August 2020 Winners

Emerging & Micro Business

Zea Relief
Zea Relief manufactures and sells range of products from the Kunzea plant. After years of testing and research, the Brass family worked with a compounding pharmacist to develop a formulation that contained the pure essential oil and could be safely used by consumers. The success of the product led to the of launch Zea Relief five years ago and the business has not looked back.

Family Business

Dairy Free Down Under
Dairy Free Down Under is a Gold Coast-based, family-owned business that manufactures and distributes a range of dairy free/vegan cheese-like products including Mozzarella and Cheddar substitutes throughout Australia. Since the company launched its products in 2018, it has been inundated with orders. Dairy Free Down Under is now manufacturing 7000kg of products per week.

Retail, Wholesale and Distribution

Lauxes Grates
Lauxes Grates designs and manufactures versatile indoor/outdoor drainage solutions. Starting out in 2014, CEO Tim Dawson developed the company's first linear floor grate. The company's grates are now stocked nationally and internationally by tiling, plumbing and hardware stores. Lauxes Grates now employs 30 staff and over the past 12 months has recorded a sales increase of more than 50 per cent for its linear grates.

Construction and Trades

Knotwood is an Australian owned and operated company that produces high quality, wood-look aluminium systems for fencing, decking and gating, as well as many other interior and exterior applications. The company, which has 56 employees, exports its products to the USA, England, New Zealand, Caribbean, and South Africa. Over the past 12 months the company's production capacity has increased fourfold and efficiency has increased drastically.


Patterson Glass
Patterson Glass is a family-owned and operated business, employing 30 staff. The Nerang-based company manufactures, supplies, and installs glass and aluminium throughout SEQ and northern NSW. Patterson Glass has won a number of government grants, positioning it as a leader within the industry. The company has secured ISO certification for OHS, Environmentalism, and Quality Management Systems.

Professions and Services

Protest Engineering
Protest Engineering provides a broad range of construction materials' testing, and engineering services. Some of these services include assessing slope stabilities, house slab and footing assessments, onsite sewage disposal planning and environmental investigation and management. Established in 2015 with 4 staff, Protest Engineering now employs 80 staff and has five offices in Queensland and Victoria.

Health and Wellbeing

Adjusta Mattress
Adjusta mattress has developed and patented an adjustable massage mattress that is designed to help people a wide range of health complaints. The company's product range caters for homes, caravans, motorhomes, and boats. The company has enjoyed exponential sales growth since its launch in 2017 and it now has partnerships with the Australian Sleep Health Foundation, Sleep Disorders Australia, Diabetes Queensland, and the Spinal Research Foundation of Australia.

IT and Digital Business

Opmantek develops and markets software that examines, audits and manages an organisations' IT environment. This includes managing network performance and using Artificial Intelligence to detect abnormal activity such as security breaches. More than 130,000 organisations around the world now use Opmantek software, with a new organisation implementing an Opmantek product every six minutes.

Student Employability

Blockchain Collective
Blockchain Collective is a specialist education body teaching educators and students about blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Its courses are design to meet industry needs of applying blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to new and existing businesses. As the momentum for Blockchain Collective accelerates, the team has begun supporting students through internships and student employment opportunities

Mayor's Innovation GC

CyTrack Intelligence Systems
Cytrack Intelligence Systems is a software developer that specialises in telephony application and contact centre software. Launched in 1995, the company's software is used in more than 30 countries around the world.  This year the company was part of syndicate that won the contract to be the telephony solutions provider for the United Kingdom's National Health Service.

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