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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards VIC finalists announced

Jenna Hanson
Business and Technology Journalist

Jenna Hanson covers business news and technology for Smarter Business™

Jenna Hanson
Business and Technology Journalist

Jenna Hanson covers business news and technology for Smarter Business™

An agricultural scientist, the co-founder of a social enterprise and the owner of an urban planning business are among the finalists.

Among the finalists vying for the Business Innovation Award is Laura McKenzie, CEO of Scale, a non-profit ‘angel’ investor network inspired by the US-based Golden Seeds. Scale encourages Australian women to invest in female-led companies and has recruited 55 ‘angels’ and invested $2 million in four companies in its first year. 

Young entrepreneurs on the list include Mia Klitsas, who founded female sanitary products business Millie & More at just the age of 22 with $1000 in hand and now exports the range to the US, Europe, UAE, Taiwan and South Africa; and Justine Flynn, co-founder of social enterprise Thankyou Group, that developed a consumer app that reports on the impact that sales of its Thankyou Water, Food and Bodycare products make to people in developing countries.

Other finalists include agricultural scientist Dr Kristy Howard, founder of Inspiring Excellence, which provides business development support for rural women, Dr Kate Kerkin owner of socially-committed urban planning business K2 Planning, and online pioneer Kate Morris of Adore Beauty

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See below for the full list of finalists for the 2014 Telstra Victorian Business Women’s Awards:

Business Owner Award

Dr Kristy Howard, Inspiring Excellence, Beechworth
Dr Kate Kerkin, K2 Planning, Newtown
Kate Weiss, Table of Plenty, Cheltenham
Melanie Wilkinson, Fenton, Melbourne

Private and Corporate Sector Award 

Dr Tracey Brown, Alchemia, Clayton
Caroline Kennedy, Cox & Kings Australia, South Melbourne
Danielle Press, Equip, Melbourne
Caroline Stevenson, Quantium, Melbourne

Community and Government Award

Sherri Bruinhout, Melbourne City Mission, Melbourne
Maria Deveson Crabbe, Marie Stopes International Australia, Melbourne
Samantha Read, Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association, Melbourne
Anna Skarbek, ClimateWorks Australia, Melbourne

Business Innovation Award

Dr Tracey Brown, Alchemia, Clayton
Justine Flynn, Thankyou Group, Collingwood
Laura McKenzie, Scale, Melbourne
Kate Morris,, Brunswick West
Anna Skarbek, ClimateWorks Australia, Melbourne

Young Business Women’s Award

Justine Flynn, Thankyou Group, Collingwood
Mia Klitsas, Millie & More, North Melbourne
Donna Markham, Monash Health, Clayton
Zoe Waters, Barwon Health, Geelong

National Awards Announcement

Winners of the 2014 Telstra Victorian Business Women’s Awards were announced on Tuesday 21 October in Melbourne. The Victorian winners proceed to the national finals in Melbourne on 26 November. 

For finalists across Australia, the awards offer a chance to share in $650,000 in cash and prizes.

Be inspired by incredible Australian business women.

 For more information on the Telstra Business Women’s Awards click here.

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