One of Australia’s leading electric bikes businesses, Dolomiti Electric Bicycles, located in Ivanhoe, Melbourne, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2018 Telstra Business Awards Victoria ‘Small and Succeeding’ category.

Founder and owner, John Zanol, is absolutely thrilled with the news.

“We are really excited and extremely honoured to be shortlisted as a finalist in the Telstra business awards,” John said today

“Being nominated for the awards was a wonderful surprise but we could never have imagined being shortlisted as a finalist.   We are so grateful to our staff, customers and suppliers who have supported us and helped us to achieve the growth and success we have.  

“When we started back in 2011, electric bikes (ebikes) were still relatively unknown in Australia, but we have worked really hard to innovate and educate and feel like we have made a big contribution to the take up of ebikes across the country.

“It is great to have this hard work recognised and importantly to see the benefits of ebikes being promoted across the nation through the awards. 

“The Telstra awards process has been really thorough.   They assessed all aspects of our business from staff management through to sales, marketing and business operations, so it is a real privilege to be selected as a finalist.”

Since opening its doors in 2011, Dolomiti has doubled its sales each year.  Growth has seen the business establish an expansive showroom in Ivanhoe and attract the support of world leading ebike manufacturers across the world.   The business also has won contracts to establish and maintain ebike fleets with businesses and government organisations including the Melbourne City Council.  

“Ebikes are so advanced these days that they don’t even look like powered bikes – they are stunning high tech machines.   Not only are they great to get around on, they are also ideal for anyone with an injury, health issue or disability.  In fact, a lot of our customers are professionals who want to ditch the traffic and public transport and ride to work and back on their own terms and then use the ebike on weekends for recreation as well,” John added.

“Most ebikes travel up to 25 kilometres an hour through powered assistance and can travel up to 200 kilometres before needing to be recharged and the best part is, the grand total cost of fully charging an ebike is 10 cents, a whole lot better than 140 cents per litre.

“My hope is to see Australians all across the country using them.”

The Telstra Business Awards program recognises the best in business across four categories: Emerging and Energised, Small and Succeeding, Medium and Making Waves, and Social Change Maker.

Finalists are evaluated across a broad range of criteria, including: strategy and vision, customers and marketing, operations, people and culture, innovation and technology, social responsibility and financial acumen.

State winners will be announced at celebratory dinners in states and territories around the country from the 25th July until the 23rd August. State and territory winners will be invited to Melbourne for the national judging on Wednesday 19 September, and a gala dinner on Thursday 20 September.