This 24-year-old startup founder is at the top of the list of emerging Australian leaders to watch

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Oneshift founder Gen George. Photo: supplied.

I first time met Oneshift founder Gen George at a gin tasting. We were there to get to know her and her brand: gin with Gen.

Within minutes Gen had approached, shook my hand and introduced herself. This was a confident proud woman, keen to share her knowledge, who also wanted to know my thoughts.

Her thoughtful questions and curiosity showed true leadership: the willingness to learn.

So hearing she was named the top emerging leader in Australian business by Startup Daily wasn’t a surprise.

This woman is on a mission.

George, 24, founded Oneshift, an online job network, in June 2012. Three years on, the business has quickly gained traction and earned itself industry recognition.

In March Oneshift acquired Australian mature age jobs board Adage for an undisclosed amount. This followed a 27.5% stake it bought in Programmed back in 2013.

“This is an amazing achievement which wouldn’t have been possible without the team behind OneShift. Every early morning, late night and way too much pizza!” George told Business Insider.

“For the team it is a pat on the back for all the hard work the ‘business’ or family have put it to make it what it is today.”

George said the jobs platform will focus on new partnerships in Australia during the remainder of 2015 to maintain 10.8% share of the local market.

“Then 2016 it’s all about Global Domination,” she said, “We are looking to expand outside of Australia and New Zealand in early 2016 with new services as part of the wider OneShift product.”

The startup recently reached 500,000 subscribers.

“This time last year this figure stood at just over 240,000 and in just 12 months we have more than doubled that,” George said.

“Today, 518,000 have joined OneShift looking to be matched to the right job for them, and over 36,000 businesses use OneShift to hire full-time and part-time staff… this is up from 31,000 this time last year. Businesses are logging into OneShift products like OneShiftPlus 2.048 times in a 21 day period.

“We are striving to continually drive these number to increase the stickiness of the marketplace for our candidates. After all that is what we are here for – candidates first!”

Others on the Startup Daily Top 50 Emerging Leaders of 2015 list, chosen by Fairfax, include Melanie Perkins, co-founder & CEO at Canva and Richard Bell, general manager at The Entourage.

The list was based on “an individual’s social and industry influence; traction of the company the individual leads or their influence within the organisation they are part of; as well as the size of team they are part of,” according to Startup Daily.

See the full list of emerging leaders for 2015 here.