The Winnovation Awards

Congratulations to our  2021 winners and finalists!

The Winnovation Awards showcases and celebrates the successes of female innovators changing the game in South Australia. The judges had their work cut out for them this year with such an extraordinary calibre of entries.

We commend all of the entrants who have contributed to making South Australia a more innovative state, as they continue to create a ripple effect through job opportunities, research capabilities and even improving our quality of life – and we are thrilled to announce the 2021 Winnovation Award finalists.

Celebrating our change makers

Annual Winnovation Awards recognise the South Australian women who are contributing to the state’s innovation economy by creating jobs, wealth and solutions to address some of the world’s biggest problems and creating positive change.

Innovation is everywhere

These Awards aim to showcase South Australia’s best female innovators, whether you are working within organisations as intrapreneurs or running your own show as entrepreneurs. Celebrating the achievements of women across all industries!
The Winnovation Awards Sponsors
University of South Australia
Bendigo Bank
Accenture
SA Power Networks
Zonte's Footsteps
FIXE
Department for the Environment and Water
Stone & Chalk
madderns
Department for Education
Meet our Alumnae

Congratulations to all Winnovation Awards Winners & Finalists!

They are the unsung heroes, quiet achievers, the difference makers and the mavericks; each one dedicated to challenging the known or solving the unknown in their contribution to South Australian enterprise. Their fields of endeavour range from art to zoos; diving into the southern ocean; scanning the stars above; – or caring for the land in between. From studios to shop fronts; research facilities to workshop floors, laboratories to boardrooms.

Alice Fitch

Alice Fitch

who is streamlining the process of the wholesale fashion industry by creating scale in an old fashioned industry and addressing the major pains of retailers and labels.  Whola makes buying better for fashion retailers – allowing them to search, compare and buy the best stock instantly. 
Dr Amal Osman

Dr Amal Osman

Flinders University – Developing the first ‘awake’ sleep apnoea test to qualify noisy snoring/breathing problems for one billion people worldwide.
Amanda Mader

Amanda Mader

Vine Scout – for the development of technology that continuously logs bunch weight in wine grapes, between veraison to harvest, for improved yield estimation accuracy, irrigation management and water-use efficiency.
Carly Ascott

Carly Ascott

Bushfire Kids Connect – for developing an Australian-first STEM program in partnership with former Winnovation Awards winner Maker’s Empire, to teach bushfire awareness, resilience and wellness in regional school communities, empowering students to become problem solvers and innovators to help families threatened by future fires.
Carmen Garcia

Carmen Garcia

Community Corporate – A national recruitment service with a social conscience, supporting corporates to maximise the untapped pool of skill, passion and experience of diverse cohorts including refugees, migrants, youth and women – helping each of these groups to access work.
Nina Sivertsen

Nina Sivertsen

Flinders University, who has developed the Malpa Nursing Model, a culturally responsive approach to teaching nursing students about First Nations Health.
Helen Banwell

Helen Banwell

University of South Australia – using 3D printed foot models to safely teach scalpel debridement of foot ulcers to podiatry students, to improve foot health in those at risk of amputation.
Kathy Smart

Kathy Smart

Joy Everafter Stories – producing the world’s first, full-length, fully-voiced and interactive, accessible storybook, for blind and deaf children.