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Small Business finalists selected for WA Young Achiever Awards

Finalists have been selected for the WFI Insurance Small Business Achiever Award in the prestigious Western Australian Young Achiever Awards. The Awards aim to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contribution young Western Australians make in their local communities.

The four finalists are:

  • - Betty Tran, 29 of Perth
  • - Ellen Broadhurst, 24 of North Fremantle
  • - James Buchanan, 25 of Jolimont
  • - Ryan Beckmand, 22 of Baldivis


Betty Tran, 29 of Perth is a fashion designer empowering women. Her headline New York Fashion week design messages of “embracing the skin you are in” and “be brave”; used models from ethnic backgrounds to promote diversity. During Mercedes Benz Fashion week, Betty hosted an event for women in the industry, to celebrate inspiring stories of fearless women who overcame adversity. She won the 2016 Telstra Western Australian Young Business Woman’s Award and 40 under 40 Business Award.

Ellen Broadhurst, 24 of North Fremantle is an emerging artist and curator. During her Fine Art studies, she co-established “HotSoup”; a café, free exhibition space for emerging artists and a soup kitchen. Operating for six months, 24/7, they fed 900 homeless people, Ellen curated and installed nine exhibitions with herself featuring in four of them. She is currently making work for her exhibition at the Revelation Film Festival and runs a soup cart several days a week.

James Buchanan, 25 of Jolimont and his business partner Jack, created The Body Consultants, a health and wellness company offering more than just fitness. They share the latest research in physiology, nutrition, psychology and health via their member’s blog. James used social media and email marketing, generating over $2 million and a 25% conversion on sales leads. With three Perth locations and further plans for expansion, The Body Consultants have grown a tribe of committed followers.

Ryan Beckmand, 22 of Baldivis is an award-winning technical entrepreneur, transforming learning by using virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and analytics. His startup, Sciosity aims to improve education and high risk training sectors by integrating virtual reality. Sciosity is undergoing early operations in Asia, with a combined sales pipeline exceeding six million dollars by December 2017. Ryan is currently working in the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) sector creating counter-narrative campaigns to prevent extremism, which he presented to the United Nations.

The WFI Insurance Small Business Achiever Award promotes those who “give it a go” through determination, innovation, hard work and self-motivation, rewarding those who make their own luck and opportunities a reality.

The Finalists will be presented and Winners announced at an Awards Gala Presentation Dinner to be held at Pan Pacific Perth on Friday evening 12th May, hosted by Matt Tinney, Sunrise Perth Correspondent, Channel Seven. One of the eight category winners will be named as the 2017 Western Australian Young Achiever of the Year.

Finalists are in the running to win a great prize: a $1,000 Bartercard account, $1,000 cash and a magnificent trophy. The 2017 Western Australian Young Achiever of the Year will receive an additional $1,000 Bartercard account, $1,000 cash and a State trophy.

Congratulations and good luck to all four finalists.