The Winnovation Awards

Congratulations to our  2021 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 anounce 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 COUNTDOWN IS ON!.

The 8th Annual Winnovation Awards 04 November 2021

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Join us to celebrate!

Book now to secure your free ticket to the 2021 Winnovation Awards, held virtually from 6pm, Thursday 4 November 2021

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.

Michelle Perugini

Michelle Perugini

Life Whisperer provides decision support software to the fertility sector to solve the problem of effectively selecting healthy embryos that will maximise the chances of a successful pregnancy through in vitro fertilisation (IVF). Life Whisperer uses Artificial Intelligence (AI, deep learning) to better select embryos in IVF, and to ultimately improve outcomes for couples wanting to have children.
Melanie Macgregor

Melanie Macgregor

Melanie’s innovation is a device for the non-invasive diagnosis of bladder cancers. Bladder cancer is an overlooked health concern. It is the 7th most common cancer in developed countries (4th in men) and has one of the highest recurrence rates of all cancers. The device consists of an advanced functional coating integrated in a microfluidic chamber. As the urine sample is driven through the microchannel, cancer cells selectively bound to the nanoengineered surface while other metabolites are washed trough.
Marina Pullin

Marina Pullin

The Jungal is a unique technology platform built in South Australia to help businesses locate highly skilled and verified people who possess the skills you want. Using sophisticated algorithms to match need and demand, we can help all businesses to locate sought after skills. The platform also allows us to predict the 'yet to be invented' professional skills and proactively offer skilling/learning opportunities for all parties.
Louise Nobes

Louise Nobes

InspiredBUY is a social innovation organisation that drives positive change in our community by giving young people opportunities to shine! Its mission is to impact the lives of 1000+ young people as we tackle the complex social problem of youth unemployment. InspiredBUY provides entrepreneurship training to young people, creatively co-designing social enterprises together that are investable and provide job creation.
Kate Fennell

Kate Fennell

Did you know that if you live outside a metropolitan centre, your health is likely to be poorer than that of a city dweller? If you are a farmer, your mental health is likely to be worse too. Kate’s work aims to turn these patterns ‘on their head’. She works with rural Australians to develop solutions to health and mental-health related problems.
Jennie Fluin

Jennie Fluin

Through Jennie’s leadership, the Natural Resource Management (NRM) Research and Innovation Network coordinates and facilitates investment in research to support natural resource management in South Australia. The primary outcome of the Network is to ensure that NRM decision making in South Australia is underpinned by the best available knowledge.
Jane Schueler

Jane Schueler

Brain fitness is a new frontier that refers to optimising brain functionality (cognitive, emotional and executive functions). Jane uses practical and innovative educational approaches underpinned by neuroscience to show how to optimise our brain and set it up for success to achieve high performance. This brain fitness education is aimed at those who teach, train or coach others to perform at their best or individuals who want to excel.
Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem

Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem

Heike established the Adelaide node of Optofab, a state-of- the-art glass science, fibre fabrication and 3D manufacturing research facility. Open to researchers, end-users and industry partners, we offer a rare combination of glass science, fibre fabrication, 3D manufacturing, research facilities and expertise.