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VEUVE CLICQUOT BUSINESS WOMAN AWARD

Prize History

The Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award and New Generation Award pay homage to Madame Clicquot, the first woman to establish herself as such a leading female figure in the business world. Since the BWA inception, the worthy female heirs of « la grande dame de la Champagne » have been recognized for their own unique and pioneering qualities. Meeting challenges and breaking ceilings, these Award winners share an entrepreneurial spirit, audacious foresight, firm creativity and talent. Like Veuve Clicquot herself, the Award has enjoyed an international dimension, honoring more than 300 women in 27 countries since its inception.

Two categories to award bold business women

The Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award was created in 1972, at the bicentennial of the Maison, and the same year as the first of Grand Cuvée Dame. The BWA has recognized exceptional female entrepreneurs and their professional successes with every successive year. 

The New Generation Award (or “Prix Clémentine” in French) was established in 2014, recognizing the new generation of female entrepreneurs that Veuve Clicquot sees as the next formidable generation of business women. 

2018 VEUVE CLICQUOT NEW GENERATION AWARD FINALISTS

HAYLEY BONHAM

Australia

HAYLEY BONHAM

Australia

Hayley Bonham is a serial entrepreneur. She is the Co-founder of Bonél PR, Maison D’Amore, La Porte Space and Maison La Porte, a series of successful businesses that she established over a seven year period that reflect her passion for design and creativity and that continue to thrive today.

JANE LU

Australia

JANE LU

Australia

Jane Lu is the CEO of Showpo, an online fashion retail business that she started in 2010 with a laptop and two shelves of clothing and that is now an online global fashion empire, shipping to 80 countries with a turnover of over $30 million

MIKAELA JADE

Australia

MIKAELA JADE

Australia

Mikaela Jade, a Cabrogal woman from Sydney, is the Founder and CEO of technology company Indigital, which works to develop innovative ways to digitise and translate knowledge and culture from remote and ancient communities. Her app, Indigital Storytelling, uses augmented reality (the same technology that enables Snapchat and Pokemon Go) to tell the ancient stories of Indigenous people, and it was developed in close consultation with traditional owners.

HAYLEY BONHAM

Australia

With a background in fashion, wholesale and public relations, Hayley set up her first business, Bonél PR, in 2011 with her partner Rory Elsom. The business very quickly established itself and has over the years managed publicity for some of the world’s leading fashion brands such as Sandro Paris, Maje, Saint Laurent and Lancaster, as well as local labels such as Witchery, Saba and Albus Lumen. It also taught Hayley about the power of beautiful, creative office spaces, as well as how hard they were to find. 
 
Always one to follow her passions, the following year Hayley launched a luxury fragrance house, Maison D’Amore, with her colleague Nada Rosa. Maison D’Amore was inspired by the friends’ mutual love of fragrance, fashion and art, and named after their late grandmothers, Mary-Ellen Maison and Dora D’Amore. Manufactured in Paris, the brand is stocked in high end stores around the world and sold locally at upscale fashion retailer Harrolds.
All the while, Hayley and her partner Rory were working on their biggest business idea to date. From their travels, the couple had spotted a void in the Australian market for a luxury service and space to facilitate the needs of startup and small businesses, especially those in the arts, tech and creative industries. In 2015, they gambled everything and launched La Porte Space, a boutique luxury creative space in Waterloo, providing premium serviced office spaces, photographic studios and event spaces for creative businesses. Hayley oversaw the design and vision for the space, Rory took care of the back end, and the business took off, generating waiting lists for spaces almost immediately. A second, bigger development, La Porte Deux, was launched in 2016 and the business now services over 50 premium luxury boutique offices and facilitates events for some of the world’s leading luxury lifestyle, fashion and hospitality brands. According to Vogue, “La Porte Deux distinguishes itself via sophisticated minimalist-meets-elegant French interiors…superb but low key services more in keeping with a boutique hotel such as concierge, barista and pilates classes; and a creative environment fostered by exclusive events, communal dining areas and a pop-up retail space, La Porte Marche.”
Hayley’s entrepreneurial journey continues, with planning underway for a La Porte Space in Melbourne and the first boutique luxury hotel from the group under construction. ‘Maison La Porte’, set to launch in 2018, is located in the Noosa Hinterland and set over 40 acres of heritage-listed organically-certified land.  The hotel will reflect the brand and values of La Porte Space and the strong design signature Hayley has imprinted on all her projects. It will also allow Hayley to pursue a passion that has burgeoned with each new project; a drive to build sustainable spaces, and explore ways to build environmentally responsible tourism, encouraging guests to not only experience the environment but also to work with the property on ways to protect it. Hayley’s dream is for Maison La Porte to be fully self-sustained, and to take the learnings from this development into future La Porte Group developments, putting the environment at the heart of the brand’s ethos

JANE LU

Australia

Jane’s story does not, however, begin in the world of fashion. Upon finishing school, Jane commenced a cadetship at KPMG, combining work with a full-time commerce degree majoring in accounting and finance ("like every Asian kid does"). She finished her degree and internship, but was bored by her career in corporate finance.

For a diversion, Jane joined her friend in a pop-up fashion store, and quickly realised it would work better as an online play. Without telling her parents, she quit her job, but then her friend pulled out of the venture and it folded. In the middle of the GFC, at just 24, Jane decided that her only option was to start another business. She took on a partner and launched Showpo (or Show Pony as it was then called) in September 2010. Too scared to tell her parents she had left her job and failed at her first startup, for six months, Jane would put on a suit and pretend to her parents that she was heading off to KPMG.

In 2012, Showpo had its first million dollar month with just four staff. Jane bought out her Co-Founder, streamlined the business and appointed her General Manager Alex Durkin, a key part of the brand’s success.  By 2014, Showpo had turned over $10 million in sales and by 2017, it hit a run rate of $30 million, with international sales representing between 30 and 40 per cent of the business, mostly in the US. This year, Jane made her debut on the Financial Review Young Rich List and her goal is to turn over $100 million by 2020.

A huge part of Showpo’s success can be attributed to Jane’s approach to marketing through social media; Facebook (1 million followers) and Instagram (1.3 million) are her key marketing platforms and the social branding is what Jane calls her “biggest competitive advantage”. She has created an ecosystem for women where they not only buy clothes, but enjoy the same lifestyle and connect with a community based on similar values. The world of Showpo is on show at all times – its culture, its team, its values and ethics – and even a job ad is a chance to sell the dream of what Showpo is about. Part of Showpo’s sense of community is its power to make a difference. The brand has teamed up with The Hunger Project Australia, a non-profit organisation that aims to break the cycle of poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centred strategies, and advocating for their implementation in countries around the world. Showpo supports an initiative called Unleashed Women, recently selling samples to raise over $35,000.  Jane is also extremely passionate about promoting entrepreneurship and women in business. She co-founded the group "Like Minded Bitches Drinking Wine", a business group that promotes and encourages girl bosses around the world. Since its inception in August 2015, the group has experienced enormous traction with 37,000+ members and meet-up events in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, LA and San Francisco. Jane’s ambitions for the future are crystal clear: she wants Showpo to turn over $100 million by 2020 without external funding, and to be the world’s number one online fashion destination

MIKAELA JADE

Australia

Once downloaded, the user opens the app, points their mobile phone or tablet at pre-programmed symbols, objects or sacred sites and an animation opens up, telling a story associated with that object.
Originally based in Kakadu and more recently relocated to Canberra, Indigital works with some of the most remote peoples on earth using cutting edge digital technologies to translate cultural knowledge within their communities; to showcase their cultural heritage to visitors in compelling ways; and to create jobs from the digital economy. Indigital also creates bespoke mobile and hololens apps for Indigenous organisations, communities and government. 

Mikaela’s journey began as an environmental biologist, and she spent 14 years as a park ranger before moving to the Australian public sector, where she worked on government innovation across 200 agencies. During that time, Mikaela was introduced to the power of augmented reality at Canberra University, and realised its potential for Indigenous communities. Unable to access investors, Mikaela self-funded her initial idea to bring Indigenous stories to life through a smart phone, after which she managed to secure a government grant to get started. She needed, however, to find a way to make the augmented reality work without the internet.

Determined to bring her idea to life, Mikaela began cold calling international companies involved in augmented reality overseas and eventually came upon a company in the UK who said ‘we love it, let’s do it’. They worked on the project for two years, all online, with Jade using photogrammetry to capture natural objects on country, which could then be 3D-printed and recreated by the development team overseas. Mikaela now has a small team working offshore, as well as a number of people in the community she works with on a weekly basis.
Mikaela’s inspiration and drive to tell the stories of her people is steeped in her own history, which was disconnected from cultural heritage. Whilst long sensing her connections, Mikaela only learned of her Indigenous heritage when she was 29 years of age. Her vision and passion is to ensure that these new technologies are a way to give people an opportunity to learn about Indigenous culture and storytelling, and to connect them with country.

Indigital has taken Mikaela all around the world. She was chosen as one of 21 Indigenous entrepreneurs to attend the Prime Minister’s Reception for Indigenous Innovators and Entrepreneurs in Canberra in 2016, and is a United Nations Permanent Forum Indigenous Issues delegate, Tribal Link Alumni member (New York), Professional Associate of the University of Canberra and Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Program. Mikaela also recently joined Microsoft Australia's Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Board and Indigital was chosen as an ALPHA Start-up for the world’s fastest growing technology investors’ event, Collision, in New Orleans in 2016.

Mikaela’s plans for the future are focused on working with key tourism sites all around Australia to introduce Indigital storytelling as a means to enhance the tourist experience (at sites such as The Three Sisters), as well as sharing technology-led storytelling with other indigenous communities around the world

EMMA HENDERSON VICTORIA BEATTIE

Australia

EMMA HENDERSON VICTORIA BEATTIE

Australia

Australian sisters Emma Henderson and Victoria Beattie have turned their favourite place, the beach, into a global lifestyle brand. The siblings co-founded The Beach People in 2013, converting their modern bohemian beach style into a multi-million dollar business, selling lifestyle products in over 600 stores in more than 30 countries

EMMA HENDERSON VICTORIA BEATTIE

Australia

At the heart of their business is a simple idea – the round towel – that has taken the world by storm.
 
Stuck in jobs they didn’t love and living in Kingscliff where career options were limited, the pair decided to go into business together and launched The Beach People in the summer of 2013, working out of the garden shed of Victoria's beach house. Their first product was a round towel, or a Roundie® as they first dubbed and later trademarked it. Conceived and designed by Emma as a range of quality round beach towels in beautiful, hand-drawn prints in soft cotton and tassels, the first collection sold out in weeks, as did the second and the third. From the outset, the sisters established clear roles: Emma driving brand identity and design, while Victoria focused the business side, securing trademarks, forming entities, structuring accounts and setting up shipping, website, trademarks etc.
 
Thanks to the round towel's artful, eye-catching designs and ultra-luxe feel, the brand's fan base went global. The Beach People Roundie became the must-have beach accessory of 2014, and has gone on to conquer the world. After their sell-out first season, The Beach People brand has expanded to a full range of beach-inspired accessories, and built global distribution. Emma and Victoria constantly innovate, designing more seaside luxe products to accompany their already popular range of Roundies. They have launched Petite Roundies®, stylish beach accessories and a spin-off bath collection, with more recent additions including a luxurious bedding and homewares range. The collections are, in 2018, sold in over 600 premium boutiques and department stores globally, including Bergdorf Goodman, Selfridges, Bloomingdale, Net-A-Porter, Revolve, Top 3 by Design and Ace Hotels.
 
The success and rapid growth of The Beach People has much to do with social media, staying true to its roots as a seaside brand and building a strong community in the crowded retail marketplace. Parlaying the success of their design icon, the round towel, into a comprehensive brand and sustainable business has been the focus from the outset, however the journey has not been without its challenges, and the sisters recently found it necessary to restructured the company’s United States operation in order to streamline it for future growth. Emma and Victoria remain focused on beach-relevant high-quality products and offering their fans and followers an opportunity to create a deeper connection, using platforms like Instagram and Facebook Live to share The Beach People story and lifestyle. 
 
Responding to their customers’ desire for ethically-sourced options, Emma and Victoria have made changes to their manufacturing process, last year moving part of their production to a village in Guatemala where they have partnered with the local community to re-open a textiles factory that has been dormant for two decades, bringing new industry and sense of purpose to the town. They are experimenting with more sustainable materials and hope to bring a eucalyptus-based range of bed-ware to market in 2018. The Beach People also supports The Great Barrier Reef Foundation with contributions from the sale of select items, reflecting its commitment to the environment that inspires its iconic designs.

2018 VEUVE CLICQUOT NEW GENERATION AWARD JURY MEMBERS

Louise Olsen

Australia

Louise Olsen

Australia

Louise Olsen has been designing for over thirty years for Dinosaur Designs, one of Australia’s most successful and highly regarded design companies, renowned for its one-of-a-kind resin jewellery and homewares. 

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor

Australia

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor

Australia

As the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor has transformed the MCA into a thriving public gallery, with artists at its heart. Born in Dundee, Liz Ann began her career in the British art world and became Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney in 1999, at a time when the Museum was facing great challenges. 

MANDY FOLEY

Australia

MANDY FOLEY

Australia

Mandy Foley has been in the hospitality industry for over 30 years. In 1986, Mandy established Stedmans as a one-stop shop assuming all responsibility for staff, superannuation and payroll for hospitality personnel on behalf of its clients. 

Louise Olsen

Australia

Dinosaur Designs pieces are exhibited in pre-eminent galleries around the world, from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London to the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, and there are ten Dinosaur Designs stores in Australia, London and New York as well as a global network of stockists including Bergdorf Goodman, Harvey Nichols and Net-a-Porter. Louise has also recently launched her own jewellery line, the Louise Olsen collection, with plans to expand into new areas of design in 2018

The daughter of artists Valerie and John Olsen, Louise grew up in the art world. She met her business and life partner Stephen Ormandy while studying at art school in Sydney, and the two went on to build a career in art and design together. Louise sits on various art and design panels including the Veuve Clicquot Re-Creation Jury and is a proud ambassador for projectABLE, a careers initiative aimed at recruiting younger skilled workers into the disability sector.

Louise plays an active part in the community by supporting organisations and people who make the world a beautiful place through art, helping those less fortunate or protecting endangered natural habitats, such as the ACF’s Rainforest protection programme, the WWF’s Gouldian Finch campaign and Get-Up’s campaign to protect the Great Barrier Reef. She is also a proud supporter of Human Rights Watch. She has been a judge of the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award since 2014

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor

Australia

In 2001, Macgregor successfully negotiated long-term funding for the MCA with the NSW State Government, at the same time building strong support amongst corporate Australia, in order to secure the long term viability of the Museum.

Liz Ann also moved the museum from a general admission charge to a free access model with specific ticketed exhibitions. More recently, Liz Ann has overseen a massive redevelopment of the MCA, with new galleries for the collection and exhibitions, a new National Centre for Creative Learning and a continued commitment to outreach programs.

Liz Ann has received numerous awards: the Centenary Medal for Services to the Australian Public and Contemporary Art, the ABAF Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Arts Business Leadership Award, an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list, the Australia Council Visual Arts Medal and in 2008, the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award. She has been a judge of the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award since 2014 and is currently Chair of Judges. 

MANDY FOLEY

Australia

It revolutionized the hospitality industry and immediately established itself as Sydney’s premium supplier of highly skilled and talented industry staff.

Mandy is a trailblazer in her industry, and was invited to manage the IOC Headquarters for the 2004 Athens Olympics, the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2009, she was recognized as the winner of Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award. Her commitment to training, hands-on dedication to quality, and adaptability have ensured that Stedmans remains Sydney’s first choice for premier hospitality events, venues, caterers, corporate and private clients. The business continues to evolve: Stedmans Promotions was set up to provide high calibre promotional staff for events; Stedmans at Palm Beach was launched as a luxury concierge service for holidaymakers, and in 2012, the Stedmans Concierge division was established to meet demand created by the new luxury apartments being built around Australia.

Mandy and Stedmans support many charitable committees including the Sydney Theatre Company Foundation, the Taronga Zoo Foundation, the Centennial Parklands Foundation, The Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation. She has been a judge for the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award since 2014. 

NAOMI SIMSON

Australia

NAOMI SIMSON

Australia

Naomi Simson is the founding director of RedBalloon, an online retailer which pioneered the concept of experiential gifting in Australia. Now operated under its parent company Big Red Group, RedBalloon connects customers with almost 4000 unique experiences sourced from more than 1500 business partners across Australia and New Zealand.

SARAH-JANE CLARKE

Australia

SARAH-JANE CLARKE

Australia

Sarah-Jane Clarke is one half of the design duo who founded sass & bide, one of Australia’s best-loved and most successful fashion brands. Together with Heidi Middleton, she started the label in the late 1990s selling jeans at a stall on London's Portobello Road Market. 

NAOMI SIMSON

Australia

Naomi is also one of the five ‘Sharks’ on the Australian television programme ‘Shark Tank’ and is a blogger, speaker and author of three books, Live What You Love, I Want What She's Having and Ready To Soar.

Naomi began her career in the corporate marketing field with IBM, KPMG, Ansett and Apple. In 2001, she quit her corporate career to establish RedBalloon, operating the company out of her house with a $25,000 personal investment. The business took off and by 2011, the company had 50 employees and Naomi was able to step back from the day-to-day operations. Last year, Naomi formed Big Red Group, the parent company for RedBalloon, Big Albert AI, Redii, Wrapped, and The Huddle.

Naomi has won numerous awards including the 2008 Telstra Business Women’s Award for Innovation, the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Industry Category), and the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Silver Stevie Award. She is also a philanthropist and has been a council member and judge for Voiceless, an advisory board member to Heads Over Heels and is currently a governor for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. She is also director of the University of Melbourne Faculty of Business and Economics.

SARAH-JANE CLARKE

Australia

The two friends’ nicknames gave the label its name, sass (Sarah-Jane) & bide (Heidi), and their free-spirited aesthetic and modern edge moulded the identity of the label and fuelled its success. Today, sass & bide is stocked in over 20 countries as well as 18 sass & bide boutiques in Australia and New Zealand, 20 Myer concessions and a New York flagship store. Sarah-Jane and Heidi won the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award in 2010, and went on to sell their business to Myer for the highest sum ever paid for a fashion business in Australia, completing the sale in 2013.
Sarah-Jane is also passionate about helping disadvantaged communities. She and Heidi spearheaded the Ethical Fashion Initiative for the United Nations in Australia, and Sarah-Jane is an ambassador for UNHCR, raising awareness and funds for its maternal health campaigns for displaced and refugee women.
Sarah-Jane has been a judge of the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award since 2014. 

2017 VEUVE CLICQUOT NEW GENERATION AWARD WINNERS

Jess Hatzis and Bree Johnson

Australia

Jess Hatzis and Bree Johnson

Australia

Jess Hatzis and Bree Johnson are Co-Founders, Creative Directors and long time friends. Together they have two businesses- Willow & Blake; a content agency providing creative thinking and writing for brands and frank body; a Melbourne made, coffee based skincare brand.  

Jess Hatzis and Bree Johnson

Australia

Jess Hatzis and Bree Johnson are Co-Founders, Creative Directors and long time friends. Together they have two businesses- Willow & Blake; a content agency providing creative thinking and writing for brands and frank body; a Melbourne made, coffee based skincare brand.  
 
Jess and Bree met while working the same part time job at university. They bonded over a love of the internet and coffee. They created Willow & Blake originally as an online magazine, which led to freelance copywriting and eventually the establishment of the agency in 2011 (along with partner Erika Geraerts who has since left the business). Willow & Blake is responsible for developing creative ideas and content for brands such as Grill’d, Elle MacPherson Body and Pana Chocolate.
 
Their second business, frank body, had a more serendipitous start. Jess and Bree’s co-founder, Steve, was working in his café when two women asked for coffee grinds to use as a body exfoliant. At the same time Jess and Bree were looking for a product they could market through social media. It was, according to the pair, the ‘Eureka’ moment. Not afraid of late nights or dirty work, Jess and Bree helped their co-founders Steve and Alex make the scrub by hand early on, however as the company grew, they were able to outsource manufacturing and focus on the marketing. Jess and Bree have used their social media savvy to create a global cult following for frank body; the brand now has 689,000 followers on Instagram.
 
A self-funded start up, frank body has sold over 2 million units in 141 countries and is continuing to expand. After generating rapid growth online the business has recently progressed into offline retail with Mecca Maxima in Australia and Urban Outfitters in the USA. The brand will continue to diversify sales channels and grow their online presence in their pursuit to take over bathrooms worldwide.
 
Both businesses have strong community platforms: Willow & Blake takes on two pro bono jobs per year, to the value of approximately 3% of annual revenue. frank body has supported numerous charities including Charity: Water, an NGO focused on clean and safe drinking water for people in developing countries and is excited to be partnering with Pink Hope in 2017.
 
Jess and Bree were listed the #1 female entrepreneurs under 40 by Startup Daily in 2015 and Ernest & Young ‘Entrepreneurs of the Year’ in 2016. 
 
They credit coffee and a brilliant team for their ability to run two businesses. 

2016 VEUVE CLICQUOT BUSINESS WOMAN AWARD WINNERS

Vivienne van Eijkelenborg

Netherlands

Vivienne van Eijkelenborg

Netherlands

Vivienne van Eijkelenborg was born on 8 december 1967 into a family of entrepreneurs. After completing her degree in Business Administration from the University of Groningen, Vivienne started working as Category Lead and Product Manager for several retailers. 

Bianca Monley Monley

Australia

Bianca Monley Monley

Australia

Eat Fit Food’s Founder Bianca Monley is a successful businesswoman, entrepreneur and a health-foodie dedicated to changing people’s lives. Originally from Wanaka New Zealand, Bianca moved to Sydney in 2000 armed with a passion for health, motivation for business and vast knowledge of food...

Vivienne van Eijkelenborg

Netherlands

Vivienne van Eijkelenborg was born on 8 december 1967 into a family of entrepreneurs. After completing her degree in Business Administration from the University of Groningen, Vivienne started working as Category Lead and Product Manager for several retailers. After several years of hands on practical experience Vivienne decided to use her knowledge and experience for the family business.

In 1997 she started at Difrax, the company founded in 1967 by her parents. In 1999 Vivienne took over the company from her parents and she transformed Difrax into a premium A-brand with its own product development and an international focus.

These days Difrax is known as the innovative and modern baby brand and it is the first choice of many young parents. Difrax is the Dutch market leader for baby bottles (41%) and soothers (51%). Over the past few years, Difrax has earned a respectable international reputation for developing and launching ground-breaking, award-winning products. Innovative design has proven to be one of the key success factors. Difrax is global active and its product range can be found in specialist baby shops, pharmacies, department stores and also via difrax.com. Difrax equals Passion, Innovation and Happy Growth!

Vivienne has worked closely together with child doctors in the field and developed fairy- coaching and guiding books. Difrax also feels for less fortunate children in other countries and supports national and international initiatives such as the Dutch organisation “Gezond Geboren”, Free a Girl and the Keith Haring Foundation.

Besides the passion for her work at Difrax , Vivienne is very active within other organizations. She is the President of the World Association of Manufacturers of Bottles and Teats. Since July 2015 Vivienne is the president of the Dutch chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization, an international platform for entrepreneurs’ with membership of over 14.000 entrepreneurs. Her mission is to support female entrepreneurs to successfully build their business.“ I saw two major challenges for Difrax: to develop even better products and to create new cross-border opportunities. I became captivated by the possibilities in the baby products industry and that hasn’t changed since.

Bianca Monley Monley

Australia

Eat Fit Food’s Founder Bianca Monley is a successful businesswoman, entrepreneur and a health-foodie dedicated to changing people’s lives. Originally from Wanaka New Zealand, Bianca moved to Sydney in 2000 armed with a passion for health, motivation for business and vast knowledge of food, thanks largely to a childhood spent around her parents’ restaurant.
 
In 2002, at just 22 years of age, Bianca launched Eat Fit Food, a one-woman show operating from her tiny apartment kitchen in Bondi. Twelve years on, Eat Fit Food has evolved into a highly respected health food home delivery business, complete with a team of chefs, nutritionists and health experts, delivering across Sydney and Melbourne with plans to expand nationwide.
 
Established before the health food industry boom, Bianca blazed the health-conscious trail and cemented Eat Fit Food’s status as a trusted luxury health brand designed to support optimal health and weight loss. With an extensive cast of Eat Fit Foodie followers such as Hugh Jackman, Miranda Kerr, Rachael Finch, and Lindy and Michael Klim, Bianca is recognised as the go-to person when stars are in town to ensure their nutritional needs are met.
 
Having recently bought a property in The Southern Highlands, Bianca plans to farm and grow organic produce to introduce into Eat Fit Food’s daily meals, in order to deliver a true paddock-to-plate experience.

2018 VEUVE CLICQUOT NEW GENERATION AWARD FINALISTS

HAYLEY BONHAM

Australia

With a background in fashion, wholesale and public relations, Hayley set up her first business, Bonél PR, in 2011 with her partner Rory Elsom. The business very quickly established itself and has over the years managed publicity for some of the world’s leading fashion brands such as Sandro Paris, Maje, Saint Laurent and Lancaster, as well as local labels such as Witchery, Saba and Albus Lumen. It also taught Hayley about the power of beautiful, creative office spaces, as well as how hard they were to find. 
 
Always one to follow her passions, the following year Hayley launched a luxury fragrance house, Maison D’Amore, with her colleague Nada Rosa. Maison D’Amore was inspired by the friends’ mutual love of fragrance, fashion and art, and named after their late grandmothers, Mary-Ellen Maison and Dora D’Amore. Manufactured in Paris, the brand is stocked in high end stores around the world and sold locally at upscale fashion retailer Harrolds.
All the while, Hayley and her partner Rory were working on their biggest business idea to date. From their travels, the couple had spotted a void in the Australian market for a luxury service and space to facilitate the needs of startup and small businesses, especially those in the arts, tech and creative industries. In 2015, they gambled everything and launched La Porte Space, a boutique luxury creative space in Waterloo, providing premium serviced office spaces, photographic studios and event spaces for creative businesses. Hayley oversaw the design and vision for the space, Rory took care of the back end, and the business took off, generating waiting lists for spaces almost immediately. A second, bigger development, La Porte Deux, was launched in 2016 and the business now services over 50 premium luxury boutique offices and facilitates events for some of the world’s leading luxury lifestyle, fashion and hospitality brands. According to Vogue, “La Porte Deux distinguishes itself via sophisticated minimalist-meets-elegant French interiors…superb but low key services more in keeping with a boutique hotel such as concierge, barista and pilates classes; and a creative environment fostered by exclusive events, communal dining areas and a pop-up retail space, La Porte Marche.”
Hayley’s entrepreneurial journey continues, with planning underway for a La Porte Space in Melbourne and the first boutique luxury hotel from the group under construction. ‘Maison La Porte’, set to launch in 2018, is located in the Noosa Hinterland and set over 40 acres of heritage-listed organically-certified land.  The hotel will reflect the brand and values of La Porte Space and the strong design signature Hayley has imprinted on all her projects. It will also allow Hayley to pursue a passion that has burgeoned with each new project; a drive to build sustainable spaces, and explore ways to build environmentally responsible tourism, encouraging guests to not only experience the environment but also to work with the property on ways to protect it. Hayley’s dream is for Maison La Porte to be fully self-sustained, and to take the learnings from this development into future La Porte Group developments, putting the environment at the heart of the brand’s ethos

JANE LU

Australia

Jane’s story does not, however, begin in the world of fashion. Upon finishing school, Jane commenced a cadetship at KPMG, combining work with a full-time commerce degree majoring in accounting and finance ("like every Asian kid does"). She finished her degree and internship, but was bored by her career in corporate finance.

For a diversion, Jane joined her friend in a pop-up fashion store, and quickly realised it would work better as an online play. Without telling her parents, she quit her job, but then her friend pulled out of the venture and it folded. In the middle of the GFC, at just 24, Jane decided that her only option was to start another business. She took on a partner and launched Showpo (or Show Pony as it was then called) in September 2010. Too scared to tell her parents she had left her job and failed at her first startup, for six months, Jane would put on a suit and pretend to her parents that she was heading off to KPMG.

In 2012, Showpo had its first million dollar month with just four staff. Jane bought out her Co-Founder, streamlined the business and appointed her General Manager Alex Durkin, a key part of the brand’s success.  By 2014, Showpo had turned over $10 million in sales and by 2017, it hit a run rate of $30 million, with international sales representing between 30 and 40 per cent of the business, mostly in the US. This year, Jane made her debut on the Financial Review Young Rich List and her goal is to turn over $100 million by 2020.

A huge part of Showpo’s success can be attributed to Jane’s approach to marketing through social media; Facebook (1 million followers) and Instagram (1.3 million) are her key marketing platforms and the social branding is what Jane calls her “biggest competitive advantage”. She has created an ecosystem for women where they not only buy clothes, but enjoy the same lifestyle and connect with a community based on similar values. The world of Showpo is on show at all times – its culture, its team, its values and ethics – and even a job ad is a chance to sell the dream of what Showpo is about. Part of Showpo’s sense of community is its power to make a difference. The brand has teamed up with The Hunger Project Australia, a non-profit organisation that aims to break the cycle of poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centred strategies, and advocating for their implementation in countries around the world. Showpo supports an initiative called Unleashed Women, recently selling samples to raise over $35,000.  Jane is also extremely passionate about promoting entrepreneurship and women in business. She co-founded the group "Like Minded Bitches Drinking Wine", a business group that promotes and encourages girl bosses around the world. Since its inception in August 2015, the group has experienced enormous traction with 37,000+ members and meet-up events in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, LA and San Francisco. Jane’s ambitions for the future are crystal clear: she wants Showpo to turn over $100 million by 2020 without external funding, and to be the world’s number one online fashion destination

MIKAELA JADE

Australia

Once downloaded, the user opens the app, points their mobile phone or tablet at pre-programmed symbols, objects or sacred sites and an animation opens up, telling a story associated with that object.
Originally based in Kakadu and more recently relocated to Canberra, Indigital works with some of the most remote peoples on earth using cutting edge digital technologies to translate cultural knowledge within their communities; to showcase their cultural heritage to visitors in compelling ways; and to create jobs from the digital economy. Indigital also creates bespoke mobile and hololens apps for Indigenous organisations, communities and government. 

Mikaela’s journey began as an environmental biologist, and she spent 14 years as a park ranger before moving to the Australian public sector, where she worked on government innovation across 200 agencies. During that time, Mikaela was introduced to the power of augmented reality at Canberra University, and realised its potential for Indigenous communities. Unable to access investors, Mikaela self-funded her initial idea to bring Indigenous stories to life through a smart phone, after which she managed to secure a government grant to get started. She needed, however, to find a way to make the augmented reality work without the internet.

Determined to bring her idea to life, Mikaela began cold calling international companies involved in augmented reality overseas and eventually came upon a company in the UK who said ‘we love it, let’s do it’. They worked on the project for two years, all online, with Jade using photogrammetry to capture natural objects on country, which could then be 3D-printed and recreated by the development team overseas. Mikaela now has a small team working offshore, as well as a number of people in the community she works with on a weekly basis.
Mikaela’s inspiration and drive to tell the stories of her people is steeped in her own history, which was disconnected from cultural heritage. Whilst long sensing her connections, Mikaela only learned of her Indigenous heritage when she was 29 years of age. Her vision and passion is to ensure that these new technologies are a way to give people an opportunity to learn about Indigenous culture and storytelling, and to connect them with country.

Indigital has taken Mikaela all around the world. She was chosen as one of 21 Indigenous entrepreneurs to attend the Prime Minister’s Reception for Indigenous Innovators and Entrepreneurs in Canberra in 2016, and is a United Nations Permanent Forum Indigenous Issues delegate, Tribal Link Alumni member (New York), Professional Associate of the University of Canberra and Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Program. Mikaela also recently joined Microsoft Australia's Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Board and Indigital was chosen as an ALPHA Start-up for the world’s fastest growing technology investors’ event, Collision, in New Orleans in 2016.

Mikaela’s plans for the future are focused on working with key tourism sites all around Australia to introduce Indigital storytelling as a means to enhance the tourist experience (at sites such as The Three Sisters), as well as sharing technology-led storytelling with other indigenous communities around the world

EMMA HENDERSON VICTORIA BEATTIE

Australia

At the heart of their business is a simple idea – the round towel – that has taken the world by storm.
 
Stuck in jobs they didn’t love and living in Kingscliff where career options were limited, the pair decided to go into business together and launched The Beach People in the summer of 2013, working out of the garden shed of Victoria's beach house. Their first product was a round towel, or a Roundie® as they first dubbed and later trademarked it. Conceived and designed by Emma as a range of quality round beach towels in beautiful, hand-drawn prints in soft cotton and tassels, the first collection sold out in weeks, as did the second and the third. From the outset, the sisters established clear roles: Emma driving brand identity and design, while Victoria focused the business side, securing trademarks, forming entities, structuring accounts and setting up shipping, website, trademarks etc.
 
Thanks to the round towel's artful, eye-catching designs and ultra-luxe feel, the brand's fan base went global. The Beach People Roundie became the must-have beach accessory of 2014, and has gone on to conquer the world. After their sell-out first season, The Beach People brand has expanded to a full range of beach-inspired accessories, and built global distribution. Emma and Victoria constantly innovate, designing more seaside luxe products to accompany their already popular range of Roundies. They have launched Petite Roundies®, stylish beach accessories and a spin-off bath collection, with more recent additions including a luxurious bedding and homewares range. The collections are, in 2018, sold in over 600 premium boutiques and department stores globally, including Bergdorf Goodman, Selfridges, Bloomingdale, Net-A-Porter, Revolve, Top 3 by Design and Ace Hotels.
 
The success and rapid growth of The Beach People has much to do with social media, staying true to its roots as a seaside brand and building a strong community in the crowded retail marketplace. Parlaying the success of their design icon, the round towel, into a comprehensive brand and sustainable business has been the focus from the outset, however the journey has not been without its challenges, and the sisters recently found it necessary to restructured the company’s United States operation in order to streamline it for future growth. Emma and Victoria remain focused on beach-relevant high-quality products and offering their fans and followers an opportunity to create a deeper connection, using platforms like Instagram and Facebook Live to share The Beach People story and lifestyle. 
 
Responding to their customers’ desire for ethically-sourced options, Emma and Victoria have made changes to their manufacturing process, last year moving part of their production to a village in Guatemala where they have partnered with the local community to re-open a textiles factory that has been dormant for two decades, bringing new industry and sense of purpose to the town. They are experimenting with more sustainable materials and hope to bring a eucalyptus-based range of bed-ware to market in 2018. The Beach People also supports The Great Barrier Reef Foundation with contributions from the sale of select items, reflecting its commitment to the environment that inspires its iconic designs.

2018 VEUVE CLICQUOT NEW GENERATION AWARD JURY MEMBERS

Louise Olsen

Australia

Dinosaur Designs pieces are exhibited in pre-eminent galleries around the world, from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London to the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, and there are ten Dinosaur Designs stores in Australia, London and New York as well as a global network of stockists including Bergdorf Goodman, Harvey Nichols and Net-a-Porter. Louise has also recently launched her own jewellery line, the Louise Olsen collection, with plans to expand into new areas of design in 2018

The daughter of artists Valerie and John Olsen, Louise grew up in the art world. She met her business and life partner Stephen Ormandy while studying at art school in Sydney, and the two went on to build a career in art and design together. Louise sits on various art and design panels including the Veuve Clicquot Re-Creation Jury and is a proud ambassador for projectABLE, a careers initiative aimed at recruiting younger skilled workers into the disability sector.

Louise plays an active part in the community by supporting organisations and people who make the world a beautiful place through art, helping those less fortunate or protecting endangered natural habitats, such as the ACF’s Rainforest protection programme, the WWF’s Gouldian Finch campaign and Get-Up’s campaign to protect the Great Barrier Reef. She is also a proud supporter of Human Rights Watch. She has been a judge of the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award since 2014

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor

Australia

In 2001, Macgregor successfully negotiated long-term funding for the MCA with the NSW State Government, at the same time building strong support amongst corporate Australia, in order to secure the long term viability of the Museum.

Liz Ann also moved the museum from a general admission charge to a free access model with specific ticketed exhibitions. More recently, Liz Ann has overseen a massive redevelopment of the MCA, with new galleries for the collection and exhibitions, a new National Centre for Creative Learning and a continued commitment to outreach programs.

Liz Ann has received numerous awards: the Centenary Medal for Services to the Australian Public and Contemporary Art, the ABAF Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Arts Business Leadership Award, an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list, the Australia Council Visual Arts Medal and in 2008, the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award. She has been a judge of the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award since 2014 and is currently Chair of Judges. 

MANDY FOLEY

Australia

It revolutionized the hospitality industry and immediately established itself as Sydney’s premium supplier of highly skilled and talented industry staff.

Mandy is a trailblazer in her industry, and was invited to manage the IOC Headquarters for the 2004 Athens Olympics, the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2009, she was recognized as the winner of Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award. Her commitment to training, hands-on dedication to quality, and adaptability have ensured that Stedmans remains Sydney’s first choice for premier hospitality events, venues, caterers, corporate and private clients. The business continues to evolve: Stedmans Promotions was set up to provide high calibre promotional staff for events; Stedmans at Palm Beach was launched as a luxury concierge service for holidaymakers, and in 2012, the Stedmans Concierge division was established to meet demand created by the new luxury apartments being built around Australia.

Mandy and Stedmans support many charitable committees including the Sydney Theatre Company Foundation, the Taronga Zoo Foundation, the Centennial Parklands Foundation, The Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation. She has been a judge for the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award since 2014. 

NAOMI SIMSON

Australia

Naomi is also one of the five ‘Sharks’ on the Australian television programme ‘Shark Tank’ and is a blogger, speaker and author of three books, Live What You Love, I Want What She's Having and Ready To Soar.

Naomi began her career in the corporate marketing field with IBM, KPMG, Ansett and Apple. In 2001, she quit her corporate career to establish RedBalloon, operating the company out of her house with a $25,000 personal investment. The business took off and by 2011, the company had 50 employees and Naomi was able to step back from the day-to-day operations. Last year, Naomi formed Big Red Group, the parent company for RedBalloon, Big Albert AI, Redii, Wrapped, and The Huddle.

Naomi has won numerous awards including the 2008 Telstra Business Women’s Award for Innovation, the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Industry Category), and the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Silver Stevie Award. She is also a philanthropist and has been a council member and judge for Voiceless, an advisory board member to Heads Over Heels and is currently a governor for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. She is also director of the University of Melbourne Faculty of Business and Economics.

SARAH-JANE CLARKE

Australia

The two friends’ nicknames gave the label its name, sass (Sarah-Jane) & bide (Heidi), and their free-spirited aesthetic and modern edge moulded the identity of the label and fuelled its success. Today, sass & bide is stocked in over 20 countries as well as 18 sass & bide boutiques in Australia and New Zealand, 20 Myer concessions and a New York flagship store. Sarah-Jane and Heidi won the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award in 2010, and went on to sell their business to Myer for the highest sum ever paid for a fashion business in Australia, completing the sale in 2013.
Sarah-Jane is also passionate about helping disadvantaged communities. She and Heidi spearheaded the Ethical Fashion Initiative for the United Nations in Australia, and Sarah-Jane is an ambassador for UNHCR, raising awareness and funds for its maternal health campaigns for displaced and refugee women.
Sarah-Jane has been a judge of the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award since 2014. 

2017 VEUVE CLICQUOT NEW GENERATION AWARD WINNERS

Jess Hatzis and Bree Johnson

Australia

Jess Hatzis and Bree Johnson are Co-Founders, Creative Directors and long time friends. Together they have two businesses- Willow & Blake; a content agency providing creative thinking and writing for brands and frank body; a Melbourne made, coffee based skincare brand.  
 
Jess and Bree met while working the same part time job at university. They bonded over a love of the internet and coffee. They created Willow & Blake originally as an online magazine, which led to freelance copywriting and eventually the establishment of the agency in 2011 (along with partner Erika Geraerts who has since left the business). Willow & Blake is responsible for developing creative ideas and content for brands such as Grill’d, Elle MacPherson Body and Pana Chocolate.
 
Their second business, frank body, had a more serendipitous start. Jess and Bree’s co-founder, Steve, was working in his café when two women asked for coffee grinds to use as a body exfoliant. At the same time Jess and Bree were looking for a product they could market through social media. It was, according to the pair, the ‘Eureka’ moment. Not afraid of late nights or dirty work, Jess and Bree helped their co-founders Steve and Alex make the scrub by hand early on, however as the company grew, they were able to outsource manufacturing and focus on the marketing. Jess and Bree have used their social media savvy to create a global cult following for frank body; the brand now has 689,000 followers on Instagram.
 
A self-funded start up, frank body has sold over 2 million units in 141 countries and is continuing to expand. After generating rapid growth online the business has recently progressed into offline retail with Mecca Maxima in Australia and Urban Outfitters in the USA. The brand will continue to diversify sales channels and grow their online presence in their pursuit to take over bathrooms worldwide.
 
Both businesses have strong community platforms: Willow & Blake takes on two pro bono jobs per year, to the value of approximately 3% of annual revenue. frank body has supported numerous charities including Charity: Water, an NGO focused on clean and safe drinking water for people in developing countries and is excited to be partnering with Pink Hope in 2017.
 
Jess and Bree were listed the #1 female entrepreneurs under 40 by Startup Daily in 2015 and Ernest & Young ‘Entrepreneurs of the Year’ in 2016. 
 
They credit coffee and a brilliant team for their ability to run two businesses. 

2016 VEUVE CLICQUOT BUSINESS WOMAN AWARD WINNERS

Vivienne van Eijkelenborg

Netherlands

Vivienne van Eijkelenborg was born on 8 december 1967 into a family of entrepreneurs. After completing her degree in Business Administration from the University of Groningen, Vivienne started working as Category Lead and Product Manager for several retailers. After several years of hands on practical experience Vivienne decided to use her knowledge and experience for the family business.

In 1997 she started at Difrax, the company founded in 1967 by her parents. In 1999 Vivienne took over the company from her parents and she transformed Difrax into a premium A-brand with its own product development and an international focus.

These days Difrax is known as the innovative and modern baby brand and it is the first choice of many young parents. Difrax is the Dutch market leader for baby bottles (41%) and soothers (51%). Over the past few years, Difrax has earned a respectable international reputation for developing and launching ground-breaking, award-winning products. Innovative design has proven to be one of the key success factors. Difrax is global active and its product range can be found in specialist baby shops, pharmacies, department stores and also via difrax.com. Difrax equals Passion, Innovation and Happy Growth!

Vivienne has worked closely together with child doctors in the field and developed fairy- coaching and guiding books. Difrax also feels for less fortunate children in other countries and supports national and international initiatives such as the Dutch organisation “Gezond Geboren”, Free a Girl and the Keith Haring Foundation.

Besides the passion for her work at Difrax , Vivienne is very active within other organizations. She is the President of the World Association of Manufacturers of Bottles and Teats. Since July 2015 Vivienne is the president of the Dutch chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization, an international platform for entrepreneurs’ with membership of over 14.000 entrepreneurs. Her mission is to support female entrepreneurs to successfully build their business.“ I saw two major challenges for Difrax: to develop even better products and to create new cross-border opportunities. I became captivated by the possibilities in the baby products industry and that hasn’t changed since.

Bianca Monley Monley

Australia

Eat Fit Food’s Founder Bianca Monley is a successful businesswoman, entrepreneur and a health-foodie dedicated to changing people’s lives. Originally from Wanaka New Zealand, Bianca moved to Sydney in 2000 armed with a passion for health, motivation for business and vast knowledge of food, thanks largely to a childhood spent around her parents’ restaurant.
 
In 2002, at just 22 years of age, Bianca launched Eat Fit Food, a one-woman show operating from her tiny apartment kitchen in Bondi. Twelve years on, Eat Fit Food has evolved into a highly respected health food home delivery business, complete with a team of chefs, nutritionists and health experts, delivering across Sydney and Melbourne with plans to expand nationwide.
 
Established before the health food industry boom, Bianca blazed the health-conscious trail and cemented Eat Fit Food’s status as a trusted luxury health brand designed to support optimal health and weight loss. With an extensive cast of Eat Fit Foodie followers such as Hugh Jackman, Miranda Kerr, Rachael Finch, and Lindy and Michael Klim, Bianca is recognised as the go-to person when stars are in town to ensure their nutritional needs are met.
 
Having recently bought a property in The Southern Highlands, Bianca plans to farm and grow organic produce to introduce into Eat Fit Food’s daily meals, in order to deliver a true paddock-to-plate experience.

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