Malone wins Entrepreneur of the Year

18/11/2011 - 06:56


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INSPIRATION: iiNet's Michael Malone has been hailed as a model entrepreneur.

iiNet founder Michael Malone has become the second Western Australian businessman in as many years to be named Ernst & Young's Australian Entrepreneur of the Year.

Mr Malone will go on to represent Australia at the World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Monte Carlo Next year.

Navitas' Rod Jones took home the top gong last year.

Judging panel chair Raymond Spencer said Mr Malone was the “role model of an entrepreneur.”

“Like so many entrepreneurs, he started the business in his garage and with determination and entrepreneurial spirit grew it to take on established market players,” Mr Spencer said.

The full list of 2011 Entrepreneur Of The Year national category winners announced last night were:

Emerging – Brian Siemsen, The Siemsen Group

Industry – Naomi Simson, RedBalloon

Services – David McMahon, McMahon Services

Technology – Matt Barrie,

Listed – Michael Malone, iiNet

Social entrepreneur – Melinda Cruz, Miracle Babies Foundation



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