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.

Bronwyn Gillanders

Bronwyn Gillanders

Bronwyn led a multi-disciplinary team to develop the tools to understand the cumulative impacts of development in South Australia’s Spencer Gulf. A Professor at the University of Adelaide, Bronwyn’s work developed tools and data to assist with development approvals to unlock the wealth of Spencer Gulf while also providing information on how to protect its significant environmental assets. Her work in bringing stakeholders together has played a crucial role in ensuring a balance between commercial and environmental interests.
Karen Reynolds

Karen Reynolds

Karen Reynolds developed the Medical Device Partnering Program, an innovative model for collaboration between researchers, end-users and commercial partners, which is now helping catalyse the medical technology industry in South Australia. Her program is now helping Small to Medium Enterprises re-claim a share of Australia’s post-manufacturing economy, has engaged with more than 300 companies or inventors, and helped pioneer a new model for collaboration between researchers, end-users and commercial partners.
Shelley Elder

Shelley Elder

Shelley, CEO of Axeze Pty Ltd, has developed a range of technological devices which improve access and security at sites ranging from health care settings through to hospitality venues. Early clients included Clipsal, Dick Smith and Harvey Norman. Her products have won a number of industrial design and innovation awards, and the technology is continuing to evolve and offer new opportunities.
Allison Cowin

Allison Cowin

Allison has developed a new patented antibody-based therapy for their treatment. A Research Professor at the University of South Australia, Allison’s innovation comes from more than 20 years’ research in relating to the role of a specific protein called Flightless that has an important role in cancer formation, progression and metastasis.
Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA)

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA)

The Women Influencing Agribusiness and Regions (WIAR) Strategy, a first in Australia, aims to raise the profile of agribusiness and the important contributions being made by women.
Nayana Parange

Nayana Parange

Nayana led the development of an education and training model to help upskill midwives and GPs caring for Aboriginal women in remote locations. This enables them to provide life-saving ultrasound services to patients who would otherwise not have accessor would have had to travel long distances.
Amber Cordeaux

Amber Cordeaux

Amber transformed community TV station Channel 44, and for the past 3 years has been the youngest TV station manager in Australian history, and one of only two females in the top job. She's taken the station from analogue to digital play-out, restructuring the business model, new branding, increased ratings to over 40,000 unique viewers per day, and now digital live-streaming; strengthening and connecting the SA community.
Sam Moyle

Sam Moyle

Sam is the creator of Project Igloo, a STEAM, challenge-based learning task for secondary students. It yields a 4m diameter igloo and enables students to use technology to conceptualise the igloo with apps to meet an engineering design brief.