“I'm focused on iBidAM being at the forefront of ethical corporate practices, setting the bar for others to measure success by their impact on the world around them, and not their bank balance.” – Louise Schultze.
Within 31 days of Louise Schultze launching iBidAM, an online service that matches suppliers with the advertising needs of small-to-medium businesses, 8,000 suppliers had signed on. Three years later, there are now 10,000 suppliers from the marketing and advertising industry in the iBidAM database, bidding against each other to service Australia’s small business sector. Before starting iBidAM in 2008, Louise sold an advertising consultancy she had founded at age 23 and then volunteered with under-privileged children in Australia and overseas. At 31, she is now a social entrepreneur, donating her personal profits from iBidAM to the Salem Australia Foundation, which she established last year to support children and environmental charities. Working with a small team of employees, Louise runs iBidAM with a strong social conscience. Only Australian companies are permitted to bid for jobs and suppliers are asked to share their environmental credentials so clients can make more informed choices.