Power Ledger co-founder Jemma Green has been named as EY’s fintech entrepreneur of the year at the national awards in Sydney last night, while Melbourne-based Jo Horgan took out the main award.
Ms Green was among six winners at the event, with the founder of beauty retailer MECCA Brands Ms Horgan winning top honours.
The individual honour for Ms Green comes after Power Ledger recently claimed Richard Branson’s 2018 Extreme Tech Challenge.
A former 40under40 award winner, Ms Green setup Power Ledger, which uses blockchain technology to allow households and buildings to trade excess solar power peer-to-peer, in 2016.
The company raised $34 million in October last year in Australia's first initial coin offering.
Speaking at the awards last night, Ms Green said there had been a long list of contributors to the success of the company.
“From product development, to tech, to getting deals, to background research and analytical work to make the work we do happen, to communicating to the market, to protecting us legally, to organising the office and to our account keeping,” she said.
“They all play an integral part in our success to date.
“It’s been amazing hearing about all the incredible ideas and stories behind some of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs tonight.
“And to receive an award right there with them is huge validation for what we’re doing at Power Ledger - but it’s only just the beginning for us.”
Other national winners included the founder of online disability services platform Jordan O’Reilly, Discovery Parks owner Grant Wilckens and humanitarian Sam Prince, who founded non-profit organisation One Disease in 2011.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Women in Construction awards were held at the Westin this morning, with Elite Compliance managing director Kasey Venter winning the Swan Crystal Vision award.
Elite Compliance is a WA building surveying, compliance management and universal access company.
The judging panel praised Ms Venter’s approach to business.
“We felt that Kasey demonstrated a genuine approach to business, career success, mentoring and creating a pathway for women in the industry and a true and dedicated commitment to her passions outside of the workplace,” the judges said.