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Young Entrepreneur Awards 2018

COALAR Australia – Latin America Young Entrepreneur Award

The Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017-2018 Australia – Latin America Young Entrepreneur Award:

Mr Sebastian Cerone

Sebastian is an Argentinean entrepreneur currently living in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia. He is a cofounder of LESS Industries, an Internet of Things company with paying customers in Australia, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Kenya. Using the technology developed at LESS, he is helping farmers improve different agricultural processes, reducing the consumption of natural resources and increasing efficiency.


Ms Sally Thomson

Sally's biggest entrepreneurial achievement has been to develop Brazil as an affiliate member of the Nuffield International Farming Network, a leading global agricultural capacity-building program of which Australia is a key stakeholder. In 2012, she was engaged by Nuffield Australia to coordinate the travel in Brazil for Nuffield Farming Scholars to meet with fellow ag-entrepreneurs from around the world. She has since moved to Brazil, invested in two Brazilian companies, and established a national not for profit association "Associação Nuffield Brasil (ANB).


The award provides an incentive for young, creative and motivated entrepreneurs to deepen Australia Latin America relations. It aims to inspire those with existing business and commercial links to expand their operations, and those who are establishing links to further business/commercial activities.

There are two awards each year – one to an Australian and one to a Latin American entrepreneur.
In 2017 the YEA Awardees were Ms Kate Bennett (SOMOS 21) and Dr Nicolas Gambetta (Australian Studies Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay).

"As an organisation that is seeking to promote and inspire greater entrepreneurial activity between Australia and Latin America, particularly in the sphere of social enterprise, we are fortunate to see the number of successful entrepreneurs across various sectors that are truly transforming the Australia Latin America relationship" – Kate Bennett

"The visibility gained by the Centre with the support of COALAR helped to draw the attention of the Australian academics from the University of Sydney and Deakin University that were invited to spend a week at the Centre this year. The visiting academics work on research projects with academics from Latin American universities, deliver conferences at our Centre and in Argentina and explore opportunities for faculty and student exchange and scholarship programs." – Nicolas Gambetta.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Australian Technology Network providing the $5,000 cash prize for each of the successful candidates. Air New Zealand sponsorship offers a return flight to Australia for the YEA recipient based in Latin America.

Australian Technology Network
Last Updated: 26 July 2019
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