TASState RecipientYoung Australian of the Year2015
In any given week, Adam Mostogl might be helping young entrepreneurs to kick-start their companies, stimulating small businesses to challenge the status quo, challenging communities to understand their potential or teaching hundreds of students to embrace innovation to solve the problems of the future. Focused on empowering the community to create change, Adam established illuminate SDF in 2009 and partners with many organisations, including the University of Tasmania and the Australian Maritime College, to inspire young people to embrace their creativity, identify business solutions to simple problems and recalibrate their approaches to learning. Based in Queenstown, Adam is heavily involved in the Queenstown Heritage & Arts Festival as well as the local football club. Living by his motto that “if you want something done for the community, you need to get out and do it”, Adam inspires young people to realise their potential, unleash their creativity and seize the opportunities, because, as he says, “the world is ready”.