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Matt Clifton, MJC Group

Manly, NSW

2017 Regional Winner - Young Entrepreneur

About Matt Clifton

Matt Clifton saw potential in the market and he took it.  Starting from scratch, he developed a vision, strove for it and has now built multiple businesses.  

His first business, Donny’s, is a Manhattan-style loft venue in Manly offering cocktails, live music and dining.

He also owns InSitu Bar and Restaurant in Manly aimed at tourists and a more youthful market and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.  

Matt has a passion for live music and has also organised a fully functional music festival called VANFEST.   

"The feeling of working tirelessly at something you love so much is extremely gratifying, but to be recognised by others for the work you have done or created makes me not only feel like I am doing something right, but also makes me feel extremely proud of what I've done. This achievement or recognition as such is not only reflective upon me but the whole team. It belongs to them just as much as it belongs to me," said Matt Clifton.

"My grandfather once told me, failure is the mother of all success. I've definitely failed a few times, but have always got back up. If I can share my journey with another individual to help them see beyond failure; then I've achieved what I wanted to do; entering this category to share a story to help inspire future young entrepreneurs and show appreciation to all of my staff."

More information about MJC Group's businesses can be found below:
Donny's -
InSitu Bar and Restaurant -
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