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What is 30under30?
30under30 is an Anthill initiative launched in 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young Australians. This year’s batch of nominees was extensive and impressive. So much so that we believe several young talents who didn’t snag 30under30 top honours still deserve your attention and recognition. We call them our Up-and-Comers. More.
Monique Jeremiah, QLD (b. 1986)
Name: Monique Jeremiah
Age: 24 (Born: October 1986)
Monique Jeremiah owns and operates Exceptional Group, a tuition, training and employment company on the Gold Coast. Many of her clients are university undergrads or college students who need a boost in their grades or business acumen, or simply a spit-shine to their resume.
Often, the client and Jeremiah are about the same age. And that’s a good thing, she says.
“I find it simple to connect with them and understand their struggles and their needs,” she says. As for her clients who are established businesspeople, “because I am passionate about education, I understand what they want to know when it comes to business and am prepared to create products and services which meet these areas.”
Jeremiah, a 2008 graduate of Griffith University, started her first business, Inspire Tuition, when she was 21. That first foray also gave her a sharp lesson in claiming your stake: Another business had registered the name, so she was forced to withdraw her marketing and start from scratch.
“To overcome this disappointment I took a completely different direction,” she says. “I moved from being a sole trader to a company, hired a group of tutors and expanded my services to be inclusive of academic tuition and employment services.”
The go-for-it approach appears to have worked. As a marketing, Jeremiah lets the business speak for itself, dropping its name when the moment is right and advertising it during other teaching opportunities. Actions, she has found, speak as loudly as her words.
Jeremiah says that when she first started her business in 2010, as Exceptional Tuition and Resumes, she finished fifth in Queensland’s Business Icon competition for young entrepreneurs. Today, in addition to running her own show, she mentors for two Griffith University business programs.
Anthill asks: Monique Jeremiah, what motivates you as an entrepreneur?
“A desire to achieve a strong work/life balance, to build financial stability and a solid business, to make decisions for myself, and to develop strong foundations for my immediate and future families and help others who are in my age range to achieve their academic and career goals.”
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