Getting the entry right

THE 2002 panel of judges received 117 nominations and were given the painstaking task of deciding which 40 entries would receive the distinguished accolade. It was a tough task that resulted in marathon meetings. So high was the calibre of entries that the difference between number 40 and 41 was only a fraction of a point.

This year a different panel of judges faces the task of analysing and assessing each 40under40 Awards entry.

A hint for our would-be contenders is to pay attention to career accomplishments, in particular challenges and adversities that have been overcome, and indicators of entrepreneurship.

A major component of the 40under40 Awards entry form is career accomplishments.

The judges want to know what it is that entrants have done in their business, or the business of another person, that has helped it grow or achieve success. They want to know entrants’ biggest business disasters and what lessons were learned from these experiences.

The judges also want to hear about overcoming business adversity, the risks and challenges that have been taken and whether they paid off. And they want to know what values and behaviours guide entrants’ career aspirations.

These questions form part of one section of the entry and highlight the type of people the judges are looking for.

A 40under40 Award winner will also be passionate about the community and community interests and judges will be looking for some form of involvement in that sphere.

From the 40 winners the panel of judges also selects the winner of the 1st Among Equals, someone to act as the group’s ambassador, an individual who will galvanise the group.

Last year the judges elected joint winners of the 1st Among Equals title – Feature Tours chief executive officer Manny Papadoulis and Poynton and Partners and Gem Consulting managing director Mark Barnaba.

The only barrier to entry is age. You must be 39 years or younger before December 31 2002 to be eligible for the 2003 WA Business News 40under40 Awards.

Entries must be received in full no later than 5pm December 16 2002. There is a $200 credit card authorisation entry fee, which includes a ticket for the gala awards night.

For futher information or to access the entry form and criteria visit

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