Celebrating the passion, vision and achievements of South Australia’s young entrepreneurs and business leaders.


The 40 Under 40 Awards celebrate the impact South Australia’s finest young business people have on shaping the future of our state. The program recognises not only the personal determination and commercial drive of these leaders but also the philanthropic pursuits that balance these individuals’ professional achievements. The 40 Under 40 come from across industries and sectors, from startups to large corporations, but they are united in their passion for South Australia.


Tickets to the 2021 40 Under 40 Award Dinner are now on sale. Welcome the newest crop of 40 Under 40 leaders and discover who wins the category awards at an awards night like no other on Thursday, 10 June 2021 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.


Winning a place on South Australia’s 40 Under 40 helps open doors and gives you a growing network to help further your leadership journey and career.

Profiled on InDaily and CityMag with publicity for you and your business

Inclusion in the exclusive 40 Under 40 Alumni and the opportunity to network within this peer group

Invitations to a range of exclusive events and professional development opportunities

Opportunity to be considered for individual category awards and prizes


Individual awards are given to finalists who are exemplary in their fields.

Emerging Industries Award

Recognises an individual contributing to or a company operating in one of the “Emerging Industries” that will contribute to the prosperous future of our state.

Creative Thinker Award

Recognises the person who best demonstrates thinking creatively in relation to any aspect of their business or endeavours, and showing the use of innovation to progress.

Rural and Regional Award

Recognises the individual who demonstrates influence and leadership in contributing to the prosperity of a rural or regional business and community.

Discovery Award

Recognises a person who has led an innovative research project that has had multi-disciplinary and business impact on the future health sector.

Entrepreneurial Award

Recognises an outstanding lateral business thinker and risk taker exhibiting entrepreneurial flair.

Inspiring Disruptor Award

Recognises the vision, thought leadership and achievement of a leader in the private or public sector.

Social Impact Award

Recognises an individual who is challenging conventional thinking by driving social innovation in a for-profit, social enterprise, NFP or through philanthropy.

First Among Equals Award

Selected by the judging panel as the finalist who embodies the 40 Under 40 as the First Among Equals.

More than ever we need risk takers. A philosopher said, ‘Courage is the highest virtue’, and I believe that. It takes a lot of courage to start a business, to take a lot of risks.

And as my very good late father used to say: The establishment is full of cowards. The people who don’t have much to lose are the people who punt it all.”

Yasser Shahin


An assessment panel representing the South Australian business community will judge the nominees against the selection criteria and their impact on helping grow the economy of South Australia.

2021 EVENT

This year’s gala event will be held on June 10 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Watch last year’s event below.


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