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.

Elizabeth Donaldson

Elizabeth Donaldson

Brick + Mortar is an innovative, hybrid business model that enables commercial, professional and creative opportunity for South Australian artists, designers and small businesses. It is the first multifunctional venue of its kind in the creative industries sector in South Australia and has been operating for more than two years, with turnover and scope increasing month on month.
Caitlyn Byrt

Caitlyn Byrt

Caitlin has identified genes in wheat that contribute to salinity tolerance. By breeding one of these genes into commercial durum wheat varieties, we successfully increased the grain yield on saline soils by 25%. Her work is looking at what makes some plants more tolerant than others, and testing how we can use this information to modify our food crops to improve their performance in harsh environments.
Amy Orange

Amy Orange

Harvest Fair, social enterprise which provides flexible employment and skills development for women who struggle to find a place in our mainstream workforce. Profits from the sale of ready-made meals will go towards training, resources and networking opportunities to build our women's skills and self-confidence for ongoing career pathways.
Claudine Bonder

Claudine Bonder

As a vascular biologist, Claudine has helped develop a patented process to save the lives of patients with heart disease. Blocked blood vessels are the leading cause of heart disease and more than 25,000 metal stents are inserted into Australians every year to manage this. Unfortunately, the body recognises these stents as a foreign device and initiates an immune response which causes life-threatening complications. The novel technology developed by Claudine and her team is supported by a multi-national company with an aim to improve the performance of implanted medical devices and save lives.
Bianca Peta

Bianca Peta

Bianca brought the TAFE program ‘Women in Education’ to women affected by domestic violence and homelessness. Over four years, she helped devise the Pathways to Education pilot program, collaboration between a number of agencies. All women who completed one core subject being run on-site at a domestic violence shelter went on to enrol in TAFE’s Women in Education and some have goals to study at university; they have developed new friendship and support networks; and are no longer homeless.
Gail Fairlamb

Gail Fairlamb

South Australia is facing many challenges and the community wants to be part of finding solutions. As Director, Strategic Development in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Gail has created an innovative unit that develops new approaches to policy-making. The team trials methods including citizen’s juries, challenges and participatory budgeting. As part of this, Gail initiated the Reforming Democracy policy which supports Ministers and CEOs to adopt new approaches.
Gemma Munro

Gemma Munro

Gemma founded Inkling Women five years ago and has grown the company to become Australia’s leading provider of women’s leadership programs. Clients include Google, PayPal, Nissan and Atlassian. Inkling Women was selected as one of 10 outstanding Australian businesses to take part in Elevate61 – an accelerator program helping businesses launch in the US. Gemma has also spoken at Google HQ in the US, livestreamed around the world.
Chloe Gardner

Chloe Gardner

Chloe is owner and director of Kids Camera Action, Adelaide's only film school for kids that has seen thousands of enthusiastic visual storytellers and filmmakers from all over South Australia benefit from the guidance and up-skilling the teaching provides. An online course and app are in the works to compliment the film school. Chloe is also CEO of the Adelaide International Youth Film Festival, a not-for-profit organisation she founded in 2012.