Thomas King, founder of alternative protein think tank, Food Frontier, has been named Sustainable Entrepreneur of the Year at the CommBank Young Hero Awards.

Hosted on 23 May, the awards recognise the contributions and achievements of young Australian entrepreneurs and business leaders under the age of 35, across 10 categories.

Categories include:

  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Startup of the Year
  • Rising Star Award
  • Retail Innovation Award
  • Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Tech Solutions Award, and more.

The awards are hosted by the Australian Business Forum and Small Business Connections Media.

King, who launched Food Frontier, Australia and New Zealand’s independent think tank for alternative proteins, in 2017, took out the Sustainable Entrepreneur of the Year award, with other finalists including the leaders of Xylo Systems, The Toothbrush Project and Avarni.

Speaking on the acknowledgment, King told Future Alternative “I’m so thrilled that our organisation and field has received this recognition—thank you to our team, supporters and collaborators across the alt proteins ecosystem.”

King is no stranger to recognition like this, with his efforts in driving food systems, environmental and poverty alleviation initiatives contributing to his being named Young Australian of the Year VIC in 2015, receiving the Myer Innovation Fellowship in 2019 and being included in The Australian’s 2022 100 Top Innovators list.

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