GAINING entrepreneurial skills running music events in the south-west as a teen, Leigh Storr has gone on to become one of Australia’s best young business leaders.
Mr Storr has been awarded the 2014 Ernst and Young emerging entrepreneur of the year for the northern region in Queensland.
He is the founder and managing director of BioSolar Australia, a Queensland-based company that provides solar panel systems to homeowners and businesses.
Mr Storr told The Standard he grew up in the south-west, attending Allansford Primary School and Brauer College.
He also started under-age music events, bringing bands including 28 Days, Shihad and Area 7 to Timboon, Terang and Warrnambool.
In 2010, Mr Storr established BioSolar with a team of three staff and today it has 200 employees.
The judges said Mr Storr was an exciting young Queensland leader who exudes a strong entrepreneurial spirit.
They noted through his determined execution of a great business model, Mr Storr had built his business into a sustainable energy company with impressive revenue growth.
Commonwealth Bank’s Mark Toon said the northern region award winners were an inspiration to other start-up businesses.
“Each of the winners has demonstrated the drive, positive attitude and vision the awards aim to celebrate,” he said.
“These leaders are a noteworthy example to others looking to build their business in Queensland.”
Mr Storr plans to continue expanding his business across the nation.