BlueChilli Founder Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin Named Entrepreneur of the Year

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Eckersley-Maslin wins EY’s Australian Entrepreneur of the Year in the emerging category.

BlueChilli founder and CEO Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin was awarded EY Australian Entrepreneur of the Year in the Emerging category at the National finals event last night in Sydney.

The Emerging category recognizes Entrepreneurs who are running companies less than 5 years old or who themselves are younger than 35. At 31, Eckersley-Maslin satisfied both criteria.

Accepting the award from Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, Eckersley-Maslin said that the award represented a significant achievement for a young startup and that his ambition was "to empower BlueChilli's invested founders to win the award in the near future".

Eckersley-Maslin joins an impressive EY alumni including category winners Atlassian's founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, Red Balloon's Naomi Simpson, iinet's Michael Malone and Freelancer's Matt Barrie.

Andrew Bassat, CEO of Seek won the overall Entrepreneur of the Year for Australia and will represent Australia in the world Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014.

BlueChilli builds and invests in online companies with a vision to invest in 100 companies by 2016. To date BlueChilli has made 37 investments.

About BlueChilli:

BlueChilli is a venture technology agency, a company that combines software development, marketing, branding and business development skills with investments in online start-ups – a strategy called venture technology. BlueChilli has made 37 investments and is on track to invest in 100 start-ups by 2016.
BlueChilli is a registered trademark.

About EY Entrepreneur of the Year

EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique way it encourages entrepreneurial activity and recognises the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognising them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in over 50 countries.

For further information, media invitations, images, logos or interviews, contact: Eckersley-Maslin can be contacted at 02 80968130 or media(at)bluechilli(dot)com.

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