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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, Adorebeauty.com.au, 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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