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Annual AACC Innovation Awards

Presented at The Australian Day Gala

Since 2017, the AACC in partnership with HP has presented three Innovation Awards that are presented to an Australian and American company, and to an Individual who has shown a commitment to Australian Innovation. All will be considered to have exemplified innovation and advanced the environment and culture for innovation in Australia. These awards will be presented at the gala alongside the Ambassador Bill Lane “Spirit of Australia” Award. 

Thank you to HP for your support of the Awards.





4th Annual AACC Innovation Awards 


Presented at The Annual Australian Gala
 
Saturday, February 1st, 2020
 
The Grand Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco




Three categories open for nomination:


Australian Individual

based in the Bay Area 

· Advance the environment and culture for innovation in Australia

 

· Participation in an innovation-based business that demonstrates excellence in its field

 

· Proven impact in their field of work




Australian Company

based in the Bay Area 

· Advance the environment and culture for innovation in Australia

 

· Company history that demonstrates excellence and proven impact in their market

 

· An innovation driven start-up with a connection to Australian


American Investor

based in the Bay Area 

· Set up a presence/expanded their presence in Australia in the past 12 months 


· Brings new innovation to the Australian market









Each applicant must clearly address the above criterion in no more than 1000 words. Entrants can attach photos, demos or prototypes with their entry. Entries can be self-nominated or nominated by a third party. Applicants are required to have a physical presence in the Bay Area.

Applications are to be submitted to the Australian American Chamber of Commerce via dawn@sfaussies.com for preliminary assessment by 5pm EST January 10th, 2020. The top 5 applications for each category will be submitted for final assessment to a distinguished panel of innovation experts.

Two tickets to the Australia Day Ball will be provided to the top 2 applications in each category. There will also be an opportunity for all applications to purchase of tickets.

Thank you to the distinguished Judges:

Ms Susan Lucas-Conwell - Executive Vice President, CSIRO US
Ms. Robyn Denholm - Chairman, Tesla



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2020 Australian Day Gala Winners

Presented by

Ambassador Jeff Bleich



The Spirit of Australia Award:


Mr Russ Mansky

Spott, Lucey & Wall








Innovation Award:

Individual


Dr. Harris Eyre

Innovation Award:

Australian Company


Culture Amp

Innovation Award:

US Company to Australia


Industrial Light & Magic


2019 Australian Day Gala Winners

Presented by

Ambassador Jeff Bleich


The Spirit of Australia Award:




Mr Bruce Campbell and Mr Chris Gallagher

Established in Australia in 1980, Vionic’s mission began with the work of renowned podiatrist Phillip Vasyli. A pioneer and innovator in the field of lower-limb biomechanics, Vasyli treated thousands of patients, ranging from young children to amateur and professional athletes. He had a genuine passion for making orthotic treatment more affordable and accessible to people in need of pain relief & realized that the only treatment options for many common foot-related ailments, like plantar fasciitis or over-pronation, were costly and time-consuming. In response to the overwhelming demand for a solution, he invented one of the first heat-moldable orthotics, a low-cost option that allowed patients to walk out of his practice feeling better than when they'd come in. This philosophy laid the groundwork for the award-winning Orthaheel orthotic, the world's first and only true orthotic available without a doctor's prescription.

In 2007, the US headquarters was established in San Rafael and continued expansion to the UK in 2013 and Hong Kong & China in 2017.

Vionic was chosen as one of Oprah’s Favourite Things in 2017 and again in 2018.

With annual sales growth of 20%+ and robust e-commerce sales, Vionic was acquired by Caleres in late 2018 and will join their diverse portfolio of global footwear brands which include Dr Scholl’s, Naturalizer, Fergie Footwear, and Carlos by Carlos Santana. According to Bruce Gallagher, Vionic’s CEO – we have big plans and even bigger dreams and—with support from Caleres—we’ll be able to continue on that journey, as this combination creates great opportunities for our team members and our retail and business partners.”


Innovation Award:

Individual


Tessa Forshaw


Innovation Award:

Australian Company


Tiny

Innovation Award:

US Company to Australia


Nextdoor


2018 Australian Day Gala Winners


Innovation Award:

Individual


Dr. Elizabeth Blaber


Innovation Award:

Australian Company


Bugcrowd

Innovation Award:

US Company to Australia


DTex

2017 Australian Day GalaWinners


Innovation Award:

Individual


Andrew Tanner


Innovation Award:

Australian Company 


Nuheara


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