2024 State Finalists - Accelerating Women

Entrepreneurial women, leading the way

Get to know the businesses that actively challenged exclusion and inequality to create meaningful and lasting equity for women in 2024.

Accelerating Women Finalists by state

Australian Capital Territory

Artemis Partners

ACT Finalist

Artemis Partners is a female-owned management consulting firm, with a focus on redefining consulting and uplifting women in the business world. With a new and unique approach to consulting, Artemis Partners helps business leaders grow, adjust, redesign, reshape, reconsider, and realign their organisations.

Catch The Sun Communications

ACT Finalist

Catch the Sun Communications is a virtual editorial and content agency that provides high-quality copywriting, editing and proofreading services to clients in the advertising and marketing industries. 

The team helps its clients find more hours in the day through its unique 'follow the sun' method that sees its global team use time zone differences between Europe and Australia to add an extra eight hours to their clients' working days, should they need it. 

Digital Design Partners (DDP)

ACT Finalist

Digital Design Partners (DDP) was co-founded in 2020 as a fully-remote consultancy specialising in digital and systems transformation. DDP delivers service improvement, solution design and systems implementation with a focus on collaboration, co-design and customer experience.


ACT Finalist

Started as a High School assignment by Founder Rhiannon Beach, Pups4Fun is a dog daycare and adventure centre based in Canberra. With a goal to provide exceptional and unique care for the dogs of ACT, Pups4Fun offers various services including dog daycare, dog grooming, dog training and dog walking.

New South Wales

Crooked Compass

NSW Finalist

Crooked Compass is a boutique travel company that specialises in immersive, perspective shifting journeys for those seeking a more meaningful travel experience. 

Crooked Compass offers small group tours exploring remote and emerging destinations, with touring styles ranging from active adventures, cultural connections to expeditions and unique festivals.

H & H Training Academy

NSW Finalist

H & H Training Academy is a vocational education provider in the building and construction industry. 

Its team of accomplished trainers aim to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce and contribute to their communities. 


NSW Finalist

Lactamo created a specialised ball specifically designed and developed to support and facilitate breastfeeding.  

It uses a combination of temperature, movement and compression to help with common breastfeeding problems including oversupply, undersupply, blocked ducts and engorgement.

Migration Affairs

NSW Finalist

Migration Affairs is an immigration agency helping individuals, women and their families and businesses with their visa, immigration and citizenship matters. 

Its team draws on personal migration experience and connections, cultural backgrounds and multiple language skills to provide empathy and tailored solutions for a range of complex migration problems.

My Fit Pro

NSW Finalist

Founded by husband and wife team, Alex and Fiona McKenzie, My Fit Pro is a live streaming platform that is purpose built for fitness businesses offering online classes. 

It is proud to help fitness businesses thrive, while encouraging members to live happier and healthier lives through easy access fitness classes.

Women Rising

NSW Finalist

Founded by CEO Megan Dalla-Camina, Women Rising helps women transform their careers, be authentic leaders and build lasting confidence and wellbeing. 

Women Rising’s program supports women on a holistic personal and professional development journey, underpinned by an evidence-based curriculum, expert coaching and a supportive community. 


The Audacious Agency

QLD Finalist

The Audacious Agency helps businesses craft their stories to stand out and establish themselves as credible leaders. 

Founders Annette Densham and Lauren Clemett leverage their backgrounds in journalism, PR, corporate communications and advertising to help brands craft compelling narratives to build recognition and online dominance. 

Bloom Healthcare

QLD Finalist

Bloom Healthcare is a registered NDIS provider committed to enriching the lives of individuals with disabilities through high-quality in-home therapy and healthcare services. 

Guided by values that emphasise the utmost importance of people, genuine care and evidence-driven results, Bloom Healthcare adopts a comprehensive and empathetic approach. 

Conrad Distillery

QLD Finalist

Conrad Distillery is a premium distillery with a commitment to sustainability. 

Its initiative, the "Wine Rescue Program", transforms undrinkable wine into premium spirits, assisting waste reduction, supporting resource optimisation culture and minimising its carbon footprint.


QLD Finalist

EziYacht is a female owned and operated yacht brokerage in Australia, helping clients buy and sell boats by providing guidance and support. 

EziYacht is committed to promoting gender equity within the maritime sector and strives to empower women to become actively involved and confident on the water.

Frethan Technology

QLD Finalist

Frethan Technology provides supplier management solutions, empowering businesses to thrive in the global market. 

Through its unique approach, the business optimises efficiency, reduces costs and enhances transparency, ensuring the delivery of high-quality products and trust between businesses and suppliers.

South Australia

Bungala Food Service

SA Finalist

Bungala Food Service is a meal delivery service created to provide employment opportunities for the local Aboriginal women of Port Augusta. 

The team provides Aboriginal women with traineeships to achieve their Certificate II in Kitchen Operation – resulting in stable employment and a supportive working environment. 

Lotus Consulting

SA Finalist

Lotus Consulting was founded by Sian Burton with a clear mission – to empower female private practice owners in the allied health space to scale their businesses to new heights. Through her signature program, Success without Sacrifice, Sian supports her clients to achieve financial freedom and a fulfilling life, balancing business success with family time.

Having already empowered thousands of women on their journey to business success, Sian's goal is to continue to accelerate the success of the women in her community over the coming years.


SA Finalist

mumamoo is a female owned infant formula company that is 100% Australian made, owned and manufactured. 

The business has expanded from an exclusively South Australian customer base to being sold nationally in more than 800 stores.

Oranje Creative

SA Finalist

Oranje Creative is a full-service advertising agency using innovation and creativity to answer the needs of today's dynamic communications landscape. 

The all-female team has no hierarchy of account management, executive or coordinator types, and works together to help its clients thrive.


Allison Davies, Music and The Brain

TAS Finalist

Allison Davies, Music and The Brain educates parents, carers, teachers and service providers to use therapeutic, music-based strategies as tools for felt safety in themselves and their children, with a particular focus on neurodivergence and neuro affirming practice. 

Miss G & Me

TAS Finalist

Founded by Penni Lamprey, Miss G & Me is a high-quality clothing label tailored to tall women and their unique needs. 

Miss G & Me crafts every garment meticulously in Victoria or Tasmania, and is committed to sustainability, supporting local industries, and minimising its environmental impact. 

VA Institute

TAS Finalist

VA Institute is a training, mentoring, and coaching organisation dedicated to empowering both start-up and established virtual assistants. 

It delivers training founded on real industry experience and offers comprehensive programs to equip participants with the necessary skills and resources to launch fully operational virtual assistant businesses.

Younique Stays

TAS Finalist

Founded by energetic Chief Executive Officer Emily Elmer, Younique Stays is a property management company designed to provide full-service solutions to owners of tourism accommodation. 

With a passion for tourism, Younique Stays is committed to creating extraordinary experiences for its guests.


Cusack & Co

VIC Finalist

Founded by Principal Lawyer Alison Cusack in 2018, Cusack & Co is a Melbourne-based maritime law firm that offers a range of maritime law services and products, and tailor-made fixed fee contracts to suit all types of clients. 

Empowered Women in Trades

VIC Finalist

Empowered Women in Trades is a social enterprise that is helping champion tradeswomen, diversity, and gender equality. 

By collaborating with educational institutions and industry leaders it strives to help empower women and non-binary individuals to pursue and excel in careers across the trade sector.

The GrantEd Group

VIC Finalist

Founded by Kirsten Bartlett and Lyn Airey, The GrantEd Group supports universities, non-profit organisations and the commercial sector to write successful grants. 

Its team is passionate about seeing important research get funded and are driven through the belief that great research can change the world. 

Mums Matter Psychology

VIC Finalist

Founded by Clinical Psychologist and Director Frances Bilbao, Mums Matter Psychology is a leading perinatal psychology practice that provides specialised, affordable, and accessible psychological therapy to help support women's mental health during the transition to parenthood.


VIC Finalist

Peeplcoach is an on-demand leadership development platform that combines people, technology, coaching and training to help accelerate your performance. 

Its team is driven by making coaching accessible for anyone, anywhere, on any device, at any stage in their career or business journey.

She's on the Money

VIC Finalist

She's on the Money was born from founder Victoria Devine’s dream to make finance accessible and engaging for individuals from all walks of life. 

She's on the Money helps empower financial wellness across podcasts, resources, books, columns, and events.

Western Australia

AussieOS Global Mobility

WA Finalist

AussieOS Global Mobility is a relocation service provider that supports individuals and their dependents secure housing when they first arrive from overseas or interstate.

Whether assistance is needed for a corporate relocation, a family move, or an individual relocation, it offers personalised solutions to ensure a smooth transition.


WA Finalist

Benang specialises in infrastructure construction and maintenance services, catering to a wide range of sectors, including water, power, gas, and mining and resources. 

The company's vision is driven by a commitment to delivering high-quality projects on time and on budget while maintaining the highest standards of safety and environmental care.

Connetix Tiles

WA Finalist

With a passion to champion learning through play, Connetix creates magnetic tiles made to last through years of play. Its open-ended toys help develop children’s imagination and creativity, growing with children as they learn and develop.

Diversity Focus

WA Finalist

Diversity Focus is a workplace diversity research and training consultancy, committed to fostering an inclusive world where diversity is valued. 

Its vision is to empower organisations and individuals to become architects of a brighter, more harmonious future where diversity is truly celebrated, equity is ensured, and inclusion is a way of life.


WA Finalist

K2Dance is a thriving dance studio delivering professional, innovative, and dynamic dance tuition for toddlers, children, teenagers, and adults. 

K2Dance takes pride in catering for students with a disability, gender diversity, culture and race diversity, as well as foster children and students from varying socio-economic backgrounds.

Whitney Consulting

WA Finalist

Whitney Consulting is a funding specialist, helping clients secure funding to deliver their projects. The team develops grant applications, tender bids and business cases, as well as upskilling people and organisations to develop their own applications. 

Its work has helped secure funding for projects that change communities, expand businesses and make life better for Australians. 

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