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!

Help us find her!

Do you know an inspiring, innovative, SA woman worth recognising?
Nominations open Wednesday, June 22 for the 2022 Winnovation Awards.


There is no need to nominate yourself simply Join as a Member and Submit your Application via the Awards Application link within the Members Only area.

The Winnovation Awards Sponsors
University of South Australia
Bendigo Bank
SA Power Networks
Zonte's Footsteps
Department for the Environment and Water
Stone & Chalk
Department for Education

Frequently Asked Questions

Are only South Australian's able to nominate?
No, nominations are global, but the nominee must be a South Australian resident.
How do I write a successful nomination?
By providing engaging information about yourself and your innovation journey! Keep your writing clear and simple, and as non-technical as possible. Some of the judging panel may not understand the specialist terminology in your field of endeavour.

Check out the recording of our recent online webinar about ‘Winning Awards with Leila Henderson’ here for some extra tips and tricks.

If I am successful am I able to advertise my status as a finalist or winner?
Yes! Winners and finalists are encouraged to describe themselves as “Winner/Finalist 2021 Women in Innovation Awards” in their selected category in print and electronic publications.
Who are Women In Innovation?
Women in Innovation SA are a dynamic, professional community of women and male champions of change working in all areas of innovation and technology to create a sustainable network of members focused on the advancement of women in non-traditional industries and roles.

The volunteer board have continuously developed a range of initiatives that help to encourage women to enter innovation and STEAM related industries (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Design and Mathematics), retain women in these industries and achieve their full potential throughout their career.

Can an individual nominate themselves?
Yes. Self-nomination is highly encouraged! Make sure your application is endorsed by your university, school or employer if relevant.
What is the entry fee?
This year the application fee for each category has been waived for all members of Women in Innovation SA.You can enter into as many categories as you like but you can only win in one category.

The annual membership is fee is $60.

Why do I need to become a member to apply for the Winnovation Awards?
Women in Innovation SA is a not-for-profit membership based organisation that exists to support and celebrate women who are breaking the mold.

As a member you become part of our supportive community and have to chance to get further recognition for your work.

Your contribution also helps us to support other women; elevating and celebrating the role models for the next generation. Learn more here.

Membership is $60 and gives you access to many networking and educational sessions held by Women In Innovation throughout the year.

What questions are asked in the application?
Applications are managed through an awards platform that can be accessed through our Members login.

You will be asked what stage you are at in the development of your innovation? (mulitple choice)
then to describe your innovation in one sentence (30 word limit).

More detailed can be provided through the following five questions:

  • Describe your innovation in more detail (400 word limit)
  • What’s your business model, project or research framework? (250 word limit)
  • What results have you achieved? (400 word limit)
  • Why you? Why are you the best person to win this award? (250 word limit)
  • What does the future look like for your innovation? (150 word limit)
  • What impact would winning this award have for you? (150 word limit)

You can also add anything else you’d like to share, up to a 300 word limit, and attach supporting documents and images.

Two referrees of your choice are requested to validate your application.

Go-on! Give it go – we would be delighted to hear all about your initiative and support and celebrate your innovation journey.

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.

Anika Johnstone

Anika Johnstone

Anika helped design the experience for MOD, a STEM-focused museum aimed at young adults aged 15 – 25, who are notoriously difficult to engage in traditional museums. She delivered its inaugural exhibition, MOD.IFY, using a consultation model dubbed MOD CoLab which worked with young people rather than designing something for them.
Allison Nikula

Allison Nikula

Allison is founder of CareApp, a digital health App that removes silos of communication by giving care recipients, care teams, loved ones and care providers the power to create an amazing community. CareApp brings families and care networks together, sharing information including images, from different locations, and in real-time.
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.