July 2021 Winners

Emerging & Micro Business

HomeGuardian.ai is a patented, world first, artificial intelligence smart care home device that analyses human behaviour and interaction, and alerts loved ones or health care professionals when abnormal interaction occurs. HomeGuardian detects everything from falls, to declines in health, abuse and violence, and even the onset of COVID-19 and other illness symptoms. HomeGuardian exports to New Zealand, Europe and the UK.

Family Business

Marques Flooring
Marques Flooring, a second-generation family business, supplies and educates the flooring industry throughout SEQ and Northern NSW. Established in 1986, the company has now won nine national flooring industry awards since 2011 and has grown to have four factories including a full trade store, showroom & design centre and distribution warehouse.

Retail, Wholesale and Distribution

VERVE Fitness Equipment 
VERVE Fitness Equipment designs and supplies gym and fitness equipment. Established in 2018 in a small warehouse in Nerang with 2 employees, VERVE Fitness experienced a 3000% revenue growth in 2020 and has now moved to a larger warehouse and distribution centre located in Upper Coomera. Now employing 31 staff, VERVE also offers full commercial gym fitouts and sells fitness apparel and accessories.

Construction and Trades

Surf City Cranes
Surf City Cranes was established in 2006 by Jon and Sharon Morrish with just one just crane. The company now has a fleet of more than 20 vehicles and various depots from Brisbane to Northern New South Wales. Surf City Cranes provides labour hire, truck hire and traffic control services.


Shepherd Filters
Shepherd Filters manufactures and sells disposable kitchen grease filters that capture up to 98% of airborne grease before it enters restaurant kitchen exhaust systems. The company is the brainchild of Jeremy Kronk, who researched the concept while recovering from third degree burns to 52% of his body. Proudly Australian made, Shepherd Filters now counts McDonald's, Village Roadshow Theme Parks and Dreamworld as clients.

Professions and Services

MWM Advisory
MWM is a mid-tier accounting firm that provides strategic accounting and commercial advisory support to clients. Its services are designed to impact revenue, profitability, wealth and wellbeing for their clients and wider communities who range from start-ups to $100 million enterprises. Now employing 18 people, MWM services a diverse client base of over 400 companies.

Health and Wellbeing

Weight Loss Solutions Australia
Weight Loss Solutions Australia transforms the lives of thousands of Australians through bariatric procedures and holistic patient care. Its team of industry leading surgeons, doctors, and allied health professionals currently work with around 1,200 patients each year. Launched in 2000, the business now has the most popular weight loss Facebook page in the world.

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, including global companies NASA, Microsoft and Services Australia.

Student Engagement

Dan the Sparky Man
Dan the Sparky Man provides electrical services to builders, small-scale developers and homeowners. Dan Carpenter first started an electrical business in Adelaide as a sole trader and then moved to the Gold Coast with wife Kelly after travelling throughout Australia. Established in 2006, Dan the Sparky Man was originally headquartered in the couple's dining room but has now operates from a factory in Burleigh with 13 employees.

Mayor's Innovation GC

Gilmour Space Technologies
Gilmour Space Technologies is a world-leading hybrid rocket propulsion company based on the Gold Coast. Founded in 2013, the company now has more than 70 employees working towards it goal of launching commercial and defence satellites into low Earth orbits from 2022. Led by three members of the Gilmour family, Gilmour Space Technologies is the largest venture-capital-backed space company in Australia.

Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Hopo Ferry
Hopo Ferry is the Gold Coast's first ferry service that targets locals and visitors to the city. Having now carried over 65,000 passengers along the beautiful Nerang River and the Broadwater, Hopo Ferry is a privately funded ferry service that operates 7 days a week. In consultation with the City of Gold Coast, the ferry service is planning on expanding with additional vessel and stops.

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