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


An assessment panel representing the South Australian business community will judge the nominees against the selection criteria, and identify the 40 young business leaders who have made in impact in creating or growing a business in South Australia.

David Rohrsheim

South Australian Venture Capital Fund

David is the Portfolio Manager in charge of the South Australian Venture Capital Fund. David previously founded Uber in Australia in 2012, and scaled the business over 6 years into a household name with millions of customers. He previously worked with DFJ, a Californian VC firm famous for investments in Skype, Hotmail, Tesla and SpaceX. Prior to joining DFJ, David worked for Bain & Company in Sydney and London. He holds an MBA from Stanford, and a B.Eng. (IT&T) and B.Fin. from Adelaide University.

Carmen Garcia

Community Corporate

Carmen is the founder and CEO of the national certified social enterprise Community Corporate, which operates in the niche space of corporate social responsibility. The company activates and implements customised strategies in diversity and inclusion to facilitate recruitment with a social conscience and drive social impact. Some of the company’s clients include Woolworths, IKEA and On the Run supporting hundreds of refugees, migrants, youth and women access work across Australia.

Carmen was listed in the inaugural 2018 Top 40 Under 40, and awarded the individual State Contribution Award. She helped establish and leads the 40Under40 Alumni. Community Corporate won the 2020 National Social Enterprise of the Year at the Australian Small Business Champions Awards and Carmen’s 20+ year career was recognised in 2020 as the winner of the Governor’s Multicultural Awards for Individual Outstanding Achievement.

David O’Loughlin


David began his career with Young & Rubicam Adelaide in the early 1990’s working on national brands like Mitsubishi Motors, Berrivale Orchards and Balfours. During his career, David has worked in London, Canada and Sydney for companies including, Banks Hoggins O’Shea to work with Walt Disney, Waitrose, Leaf Foods and Sara Lee Corporation, Toyota, Lexus and Canon Canada, TBWA.

David is also a CEO of KWP, Deputy Chair of Business SA – South Australia’s peak chamber of commerce and industry, a Director of Bridging the Gap Foundation – part of the Menzies School of Indigenous Health & Research and Charles Darwin University, and a Director of the Australia Day Council of South Australia.

Jim Plouffe

The Lead South Australia

Jim Plouffe is the Publishing Editor of NewsLeads, the arm of Solstice Media that produces The Lead South Australia. Jim has been an editor for more than 25 years and has covered South Australia for the past decade. Publishing The Lead has given him an insight into the people and businesses that are important to South Australia.

Kathryn Walker

Piper Alderman

Kathryn is a leading projects lawyer specialising in energy, major projects and development. She has a strong focus on major infrastructure and renewable energy projects providing strategic commercial advice on significant construction and infrastructure, innovative renewable energy solutions, wind, solar and hybrid power plant projects, landfill gas projects, coal and gas fired power plants and emerging and new technologies Australia wide.

Matthew Illman

William Buck

Matthew is a Business Advisory Director of William Buck, specialising in tax and business advisory services for small to medium business. He works across a range of industries including primary production, property, health and professional services. Matthew thrives on working closely with his clients to achieve outstanding results. Throughout his career, Matthew has been a regular contributor to the profession through various speaking engagements and networking programs.

Yvette van Eenennaam

Adelaide BioMed City

Yvette van Eenennaam is the General Manager of Adelaide BioMed City. Adelaide BioMed City is the $3.6 billion Healthcare Innovation and Translation precinct in the heart of Adelaide. It co-locates institutions from research, education and clinical care and industry into a collaborative precinct driving innovation and translation. Collectively, the precinct parties have the capability to build impact, leverage investment and inform evidence-based healthcare and innovation in ways that could not be achieved with siloed institutes.

Currently, there are more than 2000 medical researchers, 10.000 staff working in the precinct, and around 18.000 daily visitors welcomed. And these numbers are increasing with the new development currently knowns as “SAHMRI2” and re-location of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Before joining Adelaide BioMed City, Yvette has worked in Europe for large multinationals in leading roles and has had a focus on strategy development, innovation and change management.

Brendan Rinaldi


Brendan is passionate about carrying out ANZ’s purpose to shape a world where people and communities thrive. Brendan is a Chartered Accountant who commenced his career at PwC as an accountant, and then turned his attention to turnaround management during the Global Financial Crisis before moving to Melbourne based firm KordaMentha. Brendan is widely known for his great interest in mental health and wellbeing of employees and driving engagement of staff, customers and the community. Brendan was the founder of the ANZ Community Ball which was held for the first time in 2019 and again in 2021, collectively raising over half a million dollars for local SA charities.

Andrea Ingham


A driven and accomplished leader with 25 years’ experience in Media, developing commercial and strategic partnerships on behalf of Australian and Global media companies in partnership with brands and media agencies alike.

Most recently leading the commercial and partnerships team at global digital businesses – BuzzFeed & Spotify.

And prior to this in traditional Media including –Southern Cross Austereo Radio & Television
Network Nine Television
Southern Cross Television
Nova & 5AA Radio

Andrea is one of the founders of SWIMM. Senior Women in Media and Marketing. An organisation set up in 2011 to support and foster networking and mentoring.

Andrea has been the recipient of – CEO Magazine Sales executive of the year award & B&T Women in Media Sales Leader.