Why enter?

The program will recognise businesses that have the potential to help shape Australia’s future, and provide them with a wealth of support and rewards to help unleash it.

200 Businesses of Tomorrow will be chosen, gaining recognition in the national media and invitations to our annual summit. 20 high-potential businesses will also receive a global study tour, $100,000 worth of professional services support and mentoring by some of Australia’s key business leaders.

For a more detailed breakdown see Rewards and Recognition.

Are you eligible?

Businesses of all sizes, level of expertise and industries are welcome to apply, whether they are Westpac customers or not.

To be eligible for the program your business must:

  • Be majority or wholly Australian owned
  • Be registered in Australia with an ACN or ABN
  • Have its primary place of business in Australia
  • Not be more than 50 percent owned by another business
  • Not be a government agency
  • Not be operated or majority owned by a Westpac Group staff member

How to apply

Applications for the Businesses of Tomorrow program closed on Monday 14 November 2016 AEDT.






Judging process

Independent experts from Deloitte will assess all applications, and together with Westpac representatives, will select the 200 Businesses of Tomorrow. A shortlist of businesses will be interviewed  and then the 20 high potential places will be selected by the judging panel.


The judging panel

Simon Cant

Simon Cant

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Reinventure Group

Lyn Cobley

Lyn Cobley

Chief Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank

Alison Deans

Alison Deans

Board Director: Westpac, Cochlear, IAG, kikki K

Eric Johnston

Eric Johnston

Editor, Australian Business Review

David Lindberg

David Lindberg

Chief Executive Business Banking Westpac Group

Prof. Chris Styles

Prof. Chris Styles

Dean, UNSW Business School

Application Period

  1. 28 AUG 2016

    Applications open

  2. 14 NOV 2016

    Applications close at midnight AEDT

    Deloitte commence assessing applications

  3. 13 DEC 2016

    Judging panel selects winning businesses

  4. 23 DEC 2016

    All winning businesses notified 

Reward & Recognition Period

  1. 07 APR 2017

    Summit & Award Ceremony (Sydney)

    First half day mentoring session (20 high potential)

  2. APR-OCT 2017

    Selection of Professional Services Package (20 high potential) to be consumed by October 2017

  3. JUL 2017

    10 Day Global Study Tour (20 high potential)

  4. AUG 2017

    Second half day mentoring session (20 high potential)