Mark Hurley, our co-founder and CEO is one of 17 inspiring finalists in this year’s prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.
32-year-old entrepreneur Mark founded his first company at age 17 and has been self-employed ever since. While he had never worked within the advertising industry, in 2011, the creatively inclined Mark saw an opportunity to innovate the existing advertising agency model. Mark believed he could build a new breed of agency that could sit at the intersection of consultancy, creativity and technology. Soon after, Little Giant was born.
We're a digitally-led creative agency based in Auckland’s CBD. Little Giant partners with clients (emerging and established) to build digital products and services, design engaging brand communications and experiences, and implement cross-channel, digitally-led campaigns.
Established in 2011 and now with more than 40 employees, Little Giant is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing digital agencies. We were also named one of New Zealand’s fastest growing companies in 2015 (Deloitte Fast 50), one of Asia-Pacific’s fastest growing technology companies in 2015 and 2016 (Deloitte Asia Pacific Tech Fast 500) and we continue to achieve more than 60% year on year revenue growth today.
Mark's future vision for the company includes continued growth in New Zealand, with simultaneous expansion into the USA starting later in 2017.
“I feel humbled to be included as a finalist for such a prestigious award. Outside of convincing my fiancé Camille to move to New Zealand with me, building the team we have at Little Giant has been the greatest achievement of my life. I feel so lucky to work alongside such an amazing group of people, this nomination really does belong to them as much as me.” - Mark Hurley
Mark and the 16 other finalists will face the judging panel next month, and then five category winners will be selected to continue further in the competition. These names will be announced in Auckland on Friday 18 August.
These five will then compete for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year title, to be announced on Thursday 12 October. The New Zealand winner will represent New Zealand at EY’s World Entrepreneur Of The Year event in Monaco in June 2018.
The judging panel is:
- Anne Norman CNZM. James Pascoe Group (Chair)
- Tim Alpe, Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010, founder of JUCY Group
- Carmel Fisher, Entrepreneur Of The Year services category winner 2016
- Dan Radcliffe. Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014, founder of International Volunteer HQ
For more information on the EY Entrepreneur of the Year New Zealand Awards, click here.
You can find Mark on:
- LinkedIn: Here
- Twitter: @markjudehurley
- Instagram: markjudehurley
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