A twenty-year veteran of the FinTech sector and a success story from the original dotcom boom took the top gong for medium-sized businesses at the NSW Telstra Business Awards at a ceremony in Sydney last night.
Ezypay was the standout tech companies featured at the awards, taking the Medium Business category for its cloud-based direct-debit and payment management system.
Judges praised the company’s solid growth, international expansion, its string diversity program, as well as its opportunities for further growth. Ezypay has more than 90 staff and has offices in New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Hong Kong.
Founded by George Holman in 1996, Ezypay has been an industry pioneer in direct debit payments in Australia. The company has previously won the Telstra NSW Medium Business category in 2010, and was a finalist in last year.
In 2012 Ezypay launched iconnect360, a cloud-based membership management software with integrated billing that caters specifically to the gym and fitness sector. Amid the rise in 24-hour fitness clubs, iconnect360 is now available throughout Australasia and China.
Other finalists from the tech sector included:
• Five D, a Sydney-based property and facilities management business that has created a customised management information system to provide clients across 33 countries real-time data and information to track queries, requests and work orders;
• Expr3ss! staff selection software, launched in 2008 by Carolyne Burns and Glyn Brokensha. Developed a cloud-based predictive hiring software that uses algorithms based on the client’s corporate culture to find the best-fit job candidate.
• Online Marketing Gurus, launched in 2012 by Mez Homayunfard and Andrew Raso, has helped more than 140 Australian businesses drive sales growth and enter competitive markets with online marketing strategies to reach digital audiences.
• Prospa, whose founders Greg Moshal and Beau Bertoli developed an online platform to make it easier for small business to apply for loans. The start-up, launched in 2012, has helped finance more than 1000 customers with its online application service.
Winners in other categories were: Micro Business Award (iced tea company Nexba), Start-up Award (fitness firm Flow Athletic), Regional Award (cotton co-op Southern Cotton) and NSW Business of the Year (nutrition supplement company Amazonia).
Will Irving, Telstra Business Group Managing Director and Telstra Business Awards Ambassador, said: “The five NSW winners are brilliant and inspiring businesses that are being celebrated for innovation, industry leadership, creative use of technology and their contribution to the local economy.”
The five NSW winners will now proceed to the 2015 Telstra Australian Business Awards on 20 August.