WestPac Business of Tomorrow Winner
Viewport is very proud to have been recognised and named as a 2018 winner of the Westpac 200 Businesses of Tomorrow Award.
Chosen out of over 1000 companies that were part of the application process, because of our vision and drive to shape the nation’s economic future. Predominantly in the digital space, this award supports the quality work our dev team has been achieving in Custom Software Development for Virtual / Augmented Reality, as well as the high level our art team is producing for Computer Generated Imagery / 3D Animation.
“All 200 businesses attended a three-day intensive workshop with the Melbourne Business School, designed to build the knowledge and skills required to respond to disruption, map future business plans and create a growing alumni of businesses who are shaping Australia’s future.”
David Lindberg, Chief Executive, Westpac Business Bank and 2018 program judge, said this year’s applicants demonstrated the scale of movement of the Australian economy into a digital world.
“The digital economy is predicted to be worth $139 billion by 2020 to the Australian economy – as a key driver of change in the future, this year’s businesses reflect the drive that’s disrupting and shaping the industries they operate in. Almost three quarters of the top twenty businesses are directly involved in technology or software development and this year also saw an increase in micro-business applicants, including early stage tech-businesses, which increased almost three-fold from 2017.
“This tells me leading Australian businesses are capitalising on the opportunities for growth. They’re breaking new markets, developing technology that helps people with autism gain employment, providing better analysis for solar energy users, using technology to make prescription glasses more durable and affordable, and transforming waste into useful materials.
“Over half (59%) of these businesses have an ambition to expand to the global marketplace and I look forward to seeing this great Australian entrepreneurial spirit succeed – because we have great talent and ideas in this country that deserved to be backed.
“As Australia continues to make the transition to a services and knowledge-based economy, it’s increasingly important for businesses to broaden their skills, tap into shared-knowledge and strengthen professional networks. Burgeoning businesses are critical to our success as a nation and to continue our 25-plus years of economic growth. By bringing together the right minds, tools and support, we are backing businesses that will help deliver a stronger, more prosperous Australia,” said Lindberg.
The Businesses of Tomorrow program was established to mark Westpac’s 200 years as an Australian business and designed to reward and recognise other Australian businesses that have “the drive to shape Australia’s future” specifically excelling at:
- Demonstrating a clear purpose and vision.
- Deeply understanding their customer’s needs.
- Having the capability to meet tomorrow’s challenges.
The Businesses of Tomorrow were independently assessed by Deloitte and chosen by a high profile judging panel including: Alison Deans, Board Director: Westpac, Cochlear, IAG, kikki K Holdings; David Lindberg, CEO, Westpac Business Bank; Sian Chadwick, Head of Business Marketing, Westpac Group; Prof. Ian Harper, Dean (incoming) of Melbourne Business School and Simon Cant, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Reinventure Group.
The full list of winners can be found in The Australian.