Taj Pabari

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Taj Pabari
EducationJohn Paul College
(Brisbane, Queensland)
OccupationSocial entrepreneur
Years active2014–present
Known forYouth entrepreneurship

Taj Pabari is an Australian entrepreneur.[1] He is the chief executive officer of the Australian School of Entrepreneurship, a social enterprise that helps develop the entrepreneurial skills of school students, young entrepreneurs and anyone aged 5 to 21 years with a passion for innovation. The organisation aims is to provide every young person with the skills, resources and mindset they need to start their very own business. Over 30,000 young Australians have participated in their programs. [2]

Taj was named the 2017 Queensland Young Australian of the Year and The Australian Young Innovator of the Year for 2014.[3] Pabari is best known for his work in youth entrepreneurship and the future of work commentary.


Pabari was born in London, England and moved to Brisbane, Australia at the age of one.[citation needed]

He was educated at John Paul College and was frequently suspended during school. He became interested in business and started his first online business age the age of ten.[4]

Pabari launched Fiftysix Creations in 2014 by selling do-it-yourself electronic tablets for kids.[5] In 2016, Fiftysix Creations began running programs for indigenous students around Australia.[6]

In 2020, Pabari joined the Australian School of Entrepreneurship as chief executive officer. The organisation delivers entrepreneurial education programs with the Queensland Government and Australian Government. [7]

Pabari has appeared as an education commentator on The Today Show,[8] CNBC[9] and the ABC.[10] He has given two TEDx talks[11][12] and has been a featured speaker at the World Science Festival alongside Nobel laureate, Brian Schmidt.

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2014, Pabari won The Australian Young Innovator of the Year Award, an award given to the most exciting innovator and emerging talent. The category was presented by then Assistant Treasurer, Senator Arthur Sinodinos in Canberra, Australia. In 2017, Pabari won the Queensland Young Australian of the Year Award in Brisbane, Australia.[13] He is the youngest recipient of the award since its formation in 1979.

Year Award Category Result
2017 National Australia Day Council Young Australian of the Year Nominated
Queensland Young Australian of the Year Won
Westpac Business of Tomorrow - Top 20 Won
2016 Queensland Government Community Digital Champion Won
2015 Foundation for Young Australians Young Social Pioneer Won
2014 The Australian Young Innovator of the Year Won


  1. ^ "Australian of the Year Awards".
  2. ^ "Australian School of Entrepreneurship (ASE) | Start Here. Go Anywhere". Australian School of Entrepreneurship (ASE) | Start Here. Go Anywhere. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
  3. ^ "Teen entrepreneur Taj Pabari on the overstated importance of coding".
  4. ^ "The Founder: Start Young Aim High". aicd.companydirectors.com.au.
  5. ^ Hinchliffe, Jessica (29 April 2016). "The 16yo software tycoon and his '21st-century Lego'". ABC News.
  6. ^ "Far North Queensland youth get entrepreneurial kickstart - The Queensland Cabinet and Ministerial Directory". statements.qld.gov.au.
  7. ^ "Partnerships". Australian School of Entrepreneurship (ASE) | Start Here. Go Anywhere. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
  8. ^ https://www.9now.com.au/today/2018/extras/clips/clip-cjd0zphjj00a00go6ipsc1zbj
  9. ^ Choudhury, Saheli Roy (21 August 2016). "Taj Pabari's start-up Fiftysix sells DIY tablet kits for children for just $150". www.cnbc.com.
  10. ^ Waldhuter, Lauren (5 May 2017). "Teen entrepreneur tells students to dream big and change the world". ABC News.
  11. ^ TEDx Talks (2015-11-12), Eliminating Limiting Beliefs | Taj Pabari | TEDxUQ, retrieved 2019-05-02
  12. ^ TEDx Talks (2016-12-20), From Suspended School Boy to Teenage Entrepreneur | Taj Pabari | TEDxIpswich, retrieved 2019-05-02
  13. ^ "Indian-origin teenage tech entrepreneur Taj Pabari wins QLD's Young Australian of the Year Award". SBS Your Language. Retrieved 2019-05-02.

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