Rachel McLean, 28, started McLean Social Media in 2012 when she found most of her entrepreneurial friends kept coming to her for social media advice. At that time she worked for an advertising agency that didn’t offer social media marketing as a service, so she quit and started her own consultancy. Five years later, McLean offers social media coaching, public speaking, social media strategy and management, and advertising as services to clients.
Morgan Koegel, 25, is a self-described ‘employee with entrepreneurial wisdom and flair’. At 20 Koegel became CEO of Engage Education, a not-for-profit that supports Australian students to complete their studies. At 24, she became CEO of One Girl, a not-for-profit that focuses on education in Africa. Koegel’s ambition is driven by a desire to change the world. As a girl born to gay parents in Middle America, she’s been told countless times that she can’t do it. However, the thousands of students she has helped are a testament to just how wrong the cynics can be. She feels as though she has an obligation to raise her voice for those who can’t, and that’s a responsibility she takes very seriously.
Rechelle Coombes, 29, founded Socielle in 2016 with the intention of creating a central place for retail consumers to purchase socially conscious goods. Socielle sources artisans from around the globe who provide handmade, ethical, ecofriendly, and/or socially responsible items to help the consumer shop consciously.
Rochelle Rich, 30, created Financier in 2009 with the help of family and friends she was able to embark on her entrepreneurial endeavour. Though she started her entrepreneur journey at the age of 18, refining her idea throughout university and strived to outperform any competitors. Financier is an Australia-wide online loans company that provides the simplest and easiest way for people to apply for and receive a personal loan. Applications take no more than five minutes to complete and the loan is sent straight to that persons account if approved during business hours. Offering fast and secure transfer options, Financier helps people invest.
Sarah Timmerman, 30, felt inspired after a trip to Paris for her 21st birthday to recreate that shopping experience back home in Brisbane. In 2008, from the comforts of her bedroom she started Beginning Boutique (BB), an online clothing shop designed specifically with the customer in mind. Since then, it has grown so much that it is now operated in an office environment, and Timmerman employs over 15 full-time staff members, along with an off-site warehouse location.
Shanti Korporaal, 28, founded VR The World in 2015 with her husband Skeeve Stevens and their business partner Mikey Bayliss. VR The World is a virtual reality production studio that specialises in creating immersive virtual reality experiences for its clients. This is one of few VR and 360 Video production companies in Australia. And it is the only company that specialises in training and empowering other companies and creative agencies to do it on their own.
Dina Gofman, 30, is a Chartered Accountant (CAANZ) who started Project Accounting Australia (PAA) in 2016. She and her business partner discovered a gap that needed to be bridged between finance and project management through a streamlined framework. PAA is about bringing project professionals together through industry-standardised approaches to project finance. Currently, many large organisations are investing in project finance professionals and teams in order to take advantage of hybrid accounting and project specialists. These specialists exist mainly from the many “tests” and “failures” that the industries have undergone in the past decade.