Elevating South Australia's Innovative Women

About the Awards

The Winnovation Awards showcases and celebrates the successes of female innovators changing the game in South Australia. These Awards also recognise businesses who support our state's innovative women.

Winnovation Awards 2020

The 2020 Winnovation Awards nominations are now open!

Have you been nominated for the Awards?

Congratulations again!

The AwardsForce platform is now open for members of Winnovation SA to register your application.


Plus take a look at the 2020 Winnovation Awards categories and our frequently asked questions page for futher information. 

Key dates

Applications open - Wednesday 15 July
Applications close - Monday 17 August 
Finalist announced - Early October
Winners announced - at a date to be advised in November

Who are these women?

Women who live, work and play in South Australia, but whose initiative could have impact anywhere. 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.

What have they contributed?

Crossed the chasm with an innovation that seemed impossible

Searched for and found new ways to do old things

Leapt insurmountable hurdles

Created solutions to wicked problems

Challenged the known; the accepted; the norm

Championed social change

Imagined and played a bigger game

Disrupted the status, developing people, systems or processes 


Who is eligible to enter?

The Winnovation Awards are open to South Australian female residents.

To be eligible to enter you (or a representative of your organisation) must be a current financial member of Women In Innovation SA. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a member.


How much does it cost to enter the awards?

This year we have waived the entry fees per category for all members.

The annual membership is fee is $60.

As a member you can apply in as many categories as you like but you can only win in one category.


Entry criteria - Individual

  • Female
  • SA resident
  • Nominated or self nominated 

Application questions:

Apart from being asked  to describe your innovation in one sentence and choose what stage of the innovation journey you are at, there are six main questions on the application:

  1. Describe your innovation and the problem it is solving.
  2. What’s your business model, project or research framework?  
  3. What results have you achieved? 
  4. Why are you the right person to win this award?
  5. What does the future look like for your innovation?
  6. What impact would winning this award have?

There is an optional section for anything else you would like to add and an optional video snippet request.

You can answer the question via a short video as well as in writing (300 words max, less is OK).