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VALO founder Aaron Hickmann – serial entrepreneur

VALO Corporation, headquartered in South Australia, is an advanced technology company with its core in LED lighting. It is committed to accelerating disruptive and sustainable technologies, supported by significant investment in fully automated printed-circuit-board (PCB) manufacturing, and a suite of 3D metal and composite printers.

Name
Aaron Hickmann
Business Name
VALO

VALO founder Aaron Hickmann – serial entrepreneur

VALO Corporation, headquartered in South Australia, is an advanced technology company with its core in LED lighting. It is committed to accelerating disruptive and sustainable technologies, supported by significant investment in fully automated printed-circuit-board (PCB) manufacturing, and a suite of 3D metal and composite printers.

VALO founder Aaron Hickmann – serial entrepreneur

VALO Corporation, headquartered in South Australia, is an advanced technology company with its core in LED lighting. It is committed to accelerating disruptive and sustainable technologies, supported by significant investment in fully automated printed-circuit-board (PCB) manufacturing, and a suite of 3D metal and composite printers.

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Offering a diverse range of LED lighting and LED visual displays, VALO was founded in 2014 and has completed several sports lighting and display installs across Australia. VALO is committed to bringing manufacturing back to South Australia, transitioning from importer, and thus creating jobs for the future while distributing Australia-made products globally. VALO is also extending into developing commercial drones for maintaining and servicing lighting infrastructure.

The South Australian business utilises LED technology to create the world’s brightest and most efficient lighting solutions. Aaron Hickmann, Founder and CEO of VALO Corporation, has been working in the field since 1985. In order to ensure continual innovation and excellence in design, VALO has partnered with many other industry leaders and world class innovative brands.

VALO exists to identify, create and implement visionary technologies that can sustainably enhance human experience and capabilities.

Valo Corporation 

VALO CEO & Founder Aaron Hickmann

Aaron Hickmann, VALO CEO and Founder, created his first LED luminaire in 2014. A serial entrepreneur, Aaron started his first business as a 15-year-old while still at high school. He has since established, sold and grown ventures within the technology sector. When he’s not working on developing his business empire, Aaron spends time with family. He is a proud husband, father and member of the South Australian community.

Passionate about collaboration, innovation and returning manufacturing to Australia, Aaron is demonstrating that it can be achieved by adopting advanced technology to achieve cost comparative products while still exceeding quality standards.

Aaron Hickmann was named the state’s top young entrepreneur in the fourth annual 40 Under 40 awards run by InDaily 2021. The William Buck Entrepreneurial Award recognises an outstanding lateral business thinker and risktaker exhibiting entrepreneurial flair. An independent judging panel representing the state’s business industry, named Mr Hickmann as the William Buck Entrepreneur Award recipient in 2021 for his creative approach to expanding his company and developing industry-leading LED lighting systems.

With over ten years of experience in the lighting industry, Aaron has forged relationships with ‘best of breed’ entrepreneurs and innovators across the globe, from Silicon Valley to Germany and Japan. His renewed focus is working on R&D projects which reimagine lighting technology of the future. Aaron is passionate about introducing smart sustainable manufacturing to Australia.

VALO Founder Aaron Hickmann

VALO Strategic Partnerships

VALO’s ever-expanding presence has pushed revenue from $100k in the 2019 financial year to more than $9 million, and helped grow the team from two to over 12 staff in a short timeframe. The rapid growth of VALO over the years has been largely down to Aaron Hickmann and his team developing powerful strategic business partnerships that benefit innovation and technology both locally and on the global stage.

There are far too many to cover in just one article! However, we’ve featured some of VALO’s most recent key strategic partnership wins.

Adelaide United

In November 2021, Adelaide United and VALO announced a two year partnership agreement.

The deal sees the VALO brand appear on the front of all three of our men’s playing shorts – home, away and third – until the end of the Isuzu UTE A-League 2022/23 season.

VALO will further become the official Chairman’s Club Partner and official Training Ground Partner as part of this exciting new affiliation. VALO is a proud Platinum Partner, building on their history of supporting Football South Australia.

VALO founder Aaron Hickmann is extremely honoured to be the naming right partner of the VALO Chairman’s Club at Coopers Stadium – in order to foster football fever and collaborative business networking.

Having grown over the past two seasons, the VALO Chairman’s Club is the ultimate corporate hospitality experience. Whilst remaining an intimate environment, the business executive networking space has capacity for up to 150 guests.

The VALO Chairman’s Club offers access to Adelaide United’s high-level corporate partners and is hosted by Chairman, Piet van der Pol.

We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome VALO into the Adelaide United family for the next two years. VALO is an innovative company, eager to bring back jobs in the technology industry into South Australia. We too are passionate about giving opportunities to local South Australians, and therefore aligning with a business-like VALO made sense as we share similar values.

Adelaide United Commercial Director, Adam Thomson

Aaron Hickmann celebrates VALO’s partnership with Adelaide United & opening of VALO Chairman’s Club

Vicsport

In September 2021, Vicsport announced an exciting new partnership with VALO. Vicsport provides advice, assistance and support to its members and the broader sports community. It currently operates as a not-for-profit organization that is focused on supporting its members in achieving their goals in sport and life. Vicsport’s constituency includes 16,000 clubs and associations and over 3.9 million participants including paid staff and volunteers who make a significant contribution to the social, physical, mental and economic wellbeing of the Victorian community.

Illuminate Adelaide

VALO’s technology has continually pushed into a range of fields spanning transportation, engineering, communications, sports and festive events. In 2021, VALO was a key sponsor to the Illuminate Adelaide winter festival, celebrating innovation, music, art, light, and technology.

Quality lighting is crucial for healthy and welcoming sporting clubs and recreational activities. Our partnership with VALO will highlight quality products that can provide safe playing and recreation environments for all Victorians.

Vicsport CEO, Lisa Hasker

What’s Next for VALO founder Aaron Hickmann?

Aaron Hickmann with the VALO Executive Team

VALO Corporation is one of Australia’s fastest growing technology companies and, with its continued research and development, is a business enterprise South Australia should be proud of.

Founder Aaron Hickmann certainly shows no signs of slowing down. He continues to drive ambitions towards accelerated growth using disruption, technological advancement and innovative change.

Approximately four years ago, Aaron qualified as a helicopter pilot. Given his plans to invest in drone technology and launch a large drone fleet later this year, it is anticipated Aaron’s next move will be to source a fleet of military grade drones to solve issues in wind farm, lighting maintenance, telecom tower servicing and search & rescue missions.

Believing anything is possible, Hickmann has made it his personal mission to ‘bring light to the world’ in a multitude of ways. Aaron believes there’s a way to do better and it’s his job to find it. 

Name
Aaron Hickmann
Business Name
VALO