The Businesses of Tomorrow were chosen on their potential to shape Australia’s future. Each selected business demonstrated the following qualities to an exceptional degree:

  • A track record of delivery
  • Clarity of purpose and vision
  • Outstanding value to customers
  • Capability to meet tomorrow’s challenges
  • Adaptability and resilience
  • Contribute beyond the business to the community, industry or the economy

David Lindberg, judge and Chief Executive, Westpac Business Bank, said: “Fiftysix Creations has a bold and compelling vision to educate one million students around the globe by 2020. With a focus on doing things differently, the business is changing the education model. FiftySix Creations is a deserving winner of the Businesses of Tomorrow program, exhibiting the characteristics of a business with the ability to form strong community connections.”

The 200 businesses were independently assessed by Deloitte and chosen by a high profile judging panel including: Alison Deans, Director: Westpac, Cochlear, IAG, kikki K; Prof. Chris Styles, Dean, UNSW Business School; David Lindberg, Chief Executive, Westpac Business Bank; Eric Johnston, Editor, Australian Business Review; Lyn Cobley, Chief Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank; Pip Marlow, former Managing Director, Microsoft; and Simon Cant, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Reinventure Group.