The SA Woman Awards are designed to celebrate the achievements of women-led businesses in South Australia. They not only give the winning businesses and finalists well-deserved recognition, but also a platform and opportunity to showcase their business and success.

More to Cheer About

While the inaugural event was held in November 2018 at the Duke of Brunswick, bringing together 60 women in business, we now celebrate and dance the night away with over 250 women and men cheering on the achievements of women in business.

From start-ups to employees to major businesses, our award categories recognise women who are excelling at all different stages in their business journey.

The SA Woman Awards are inclusive and diverse in their recognition. We are here to celebrate women doing amazing things in all industries, businesses sizes and locations.  Women of all backgrounds, family status, colour, cultures and experience. The Awards are designed to shine a light on the incredible talent and diversity South Australian women in business embody.

Rise Up Award

SPONSORED BY: Kelly Hody Mkt Etc

For a woman who has had a year of growth in their business.


Emerging Woman in Business Award

SPONSORED BY: Pottering Around

For a woman with a business under 12 months old who has shown strength, courage and a determination to excel.

Quiet Achiever Award

SPONSORED BY: Angela Pickett Copywriter

For a woman who has done phenomenal things consistently in business, but rarely toots her own horn. 

Regional Woman in business Award

SPONSORED BY: Your Estate Lawyer

For a regional woman in business who has created a thriving business and is an advocate for her community.

The Heart Award 

 SPONSORED BY: Warida Wholistic Wellness

For a business that has at it’s heart the needs of their local community (eg. Social enterprise/not for profit/community organisation).

First Nations Woman in Business Award

SPONSORED BY: Bullys Meats

For an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman who has had a year of growth in their business (for both new or established businesses).

Young Woman in Business Award

SPONSORED BY: The Carers Place

For a woman under 30 (as at 1 July 2021) who has started her own business and shown personal growth, tenacity, determination and an entrepreneurial spirit.

The Disabled Woman in Business Award

SPONSORED BY:  The Growing Space

For a disabled woman in business who has created a growing business and contributes to the positive conversation about disabled people at work (through deliberate campaigns or simply by leading through example).


SPONSORED BY: Bullys Meats

For a woman in business who is the backbone of the family business or place of employment. Recognising the valuable contributions of women – even if they aren’t the listed business owner, because without them the business would not run nor operate as smoothly.

The Mum in Business Award


For a woman who is juggling motherhood and business and shown great growth in their business in the last 12 months.


SPONSORED BY: Webb Software

For a woman who has created a business that shows innovation in an existing industry or new concept.


SPONSORED BY: Wine Angels Australia

For a woman who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, overcome challenges, shown determination and exemplified team spirit – in a business or organisation. 


 SPONSORED BY: SA Woman Australia

For a woman who has excelled in a number of areas and shown persistance and dedication to their role and has overcome hurdles.


SPONSORED BY: SA Woman Australia

To recognise the contribution of a SA Woman members to the community in line with the SA Woman values and mission.

We are incredibly grateful for the businesses who have put their support  behind South Australian women in business by being a sponsor for the SA Woman Awards. They allow us to create an event that truly celebrates and showcases the talented women in business across South Australia.

To find out more about becoming a sponsor, please email us HERE.

In addition to all our Category Sponsors listed above, we are lucky to also have the following businesses a part of the SA Woman Awards. 




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– We have been honoured to celebrate the achievements of women in business in South Australia since our first Awards night in 2018. Now in its third year, we cannot wait to showcase our next generation of award winners!

Rise Up Award

2020: Megan Potter, Megan Potter Cosmetics
2019: Bree May, Food According to Bree
2018: Shanti Wilby, From the Wild

New Woman on the Block Award

2020: Genevieve Hodge, Spire – Youth Coaching & Leadership
2019: Megan Hodge, Your Wealthy Life
2018: Kristy Robertshaw, Charlie & Jack

Regional Star Award

2020: Julie Trenaman, JT Elements – Unleash your business potential
2019: Natasha English McCulloch, Hip Hop Bounce
2018: Alex Morgan, Move Pilates Studio

Quiet Achiever Award

2020: Jo McDonald, Move Through Life Dance Studio
2019: Naomi Husain, Kanti Yoga
2018: Janine Boyd, Little Picassos


2020: Wendy Perry, Switch Start Scale
2019: Carolyn Jeffrey, Women in Business Regional Network
2018: Ayesha Michael, Yellow Cake Creative Roxby Downs

Heart Award 

2020: Melanie Tate, Puddle Jumpers Incorporated
2019: Steph Malan, The Village Co.
2018: Claire Byrt, Love Local Fleurieu

Mum in Business Award

2020: Sam Paior, The Growing Space
2019: Elaine Tang, Melvory Skincare

Backbone Award

2020: Kelly Dawson-Fitzpatrick, Hydro-Jet Solutions Australia
2019: Melina Seltsikas, LS Design Construct

All Rounder Award

2020: Cassandra Day, The Carers Place
2019: Alex Karatassa, Five Four Entertainment & Taking Back Saturday

First Nations Woman in Business Award

2020:Kerry Colbung, Mandanga Enterprises

Innovator Award

2020: Helen Whait, ActivOT

Leadership Award

2020: Heather Croall, Adelaide Fringe

Young woman in business Award

2021: TBA

Member of the Year/COMMUNITY Awards

2020: Sandra Senn, Hashtag Insta Prints
2020: Kelly Hody ~ Kelly Hody Mkt Etc
2020: Shelley Cox ~ Workspace Barossa

2019: Robyn Verrall, Bullys Meats
2018: Katharine Crane, Crane Creative