Business cannot prosper in a community that fails. Communities fail when business doesn’t produce the wealth required. The Impact Awards delivers economic benefits to South Australia, by showcasing globally competitive companies, connecting the leaders of those companies with proven world beaters, to help accelerate Gazelle-class companies.


Supported by passionate South Australian leaders, business identities and influencers acting as Ambassadors, the Impact Awards is creating a home-grown solution to produce profound benefits for all South Australians.


This is not a networking event. And it is not about start-ups. It’s a foundation for collaboration between South Australia’s authentic and proven business community, made up of ambitious leaders who recognise the key to the State’s prosperity lies in being globally competitive.


There are many ways you can get involved with the Impact Awards, as a volunteer, Ambassador, nominating, sponsoring or helping to foster more collaboration.


The main point being, as a small community, in a small isolated market, greater prosperity only comes with greater collaboration between all of us who care.



2017 sponsors





Founders & collaborating organisers


Leading South Australian business and  research identities are coming on-board as ambassadors for the Impact Awards.

South Australia’s business leaders and influencers have united in a unique effort to rapidly accelerate the economy’s globalisation to meet the increasing competitive pressures being applied to this small, high cost economy. Their goal is to exceed $1 Billion of new economic value within 5 years.

Acting as ambassadors for the Impact Awards, South Australia’s leading internationalists are helping local companies with globalisation. By mentoring, providing access to networks and setting a strategy to generate significant economic benefits; the goal is to ignite abundant local technology and innovation to have more global impact.

Maggie Beer AM

Founder and Director. Focused on premium food, Maggie has grown a global brand, by continual innovation, to create highly specialised manufacturing which meets her exacting requirements on quality and taste.

Goran Roos

Chair of the Advanced Manufacturing Council in Adelaide. Is a member of the Economic Development Board; the Council for Flinders University; and CSIRO’s Manufacturing Sector Advisory Council.

Frank Seeley OAM

Seeley International founder and Executive Chairman. Order of Australia and South Australian of the Year 2011 .

Stuart Snyder

Entrepreneur, Co-founder of YourAmigo and investor.

Adrian Smith

Managing Director at Rheinmetall Defence Australia. Founder of Sydac and Chairman of the South Australian Training & Skills Commission.

Jim Whiting

Managing Director, BADGE Constructions Group. Chairman of MBA (SA) Industrial Relations Committee, Chairman of Aquinas College Inc. and Sacred Heart College Foundation, Chairman of MRS Harmony Property Group, Patron of the Hutt Street Men’s Shelter

Nicholas Begakis AO

Chairman & Director, Bellis Fruit Bars,
Chairman of Adelaide Central Market Authority and Director Business SA.

John Bastian

Chairman of the CEO Institute. Chair at Adelaide Research and Innovation and Independent Director at Dairy Farmers Milk Co-operative. Past Managing Director of Sola Optical Australia.

Tom Phillips AM

Chair of the CFS Foundation, Chairman of the Southern Adelaide Economic Development Board and Director of Archer Exploration. Past CEO of Mitsubishi and past Director of Australia Post and Intercast and Forge.

Jana Matthews

ANZ Chair in Business Growth, Professor and Director, UniSA Centre for Business Growth.

Dean Brown AO

Former Premier of South Australia, 1993 to 1996. Chairman of Hillgrove Resources, Non Executive Director of Mission Australia, Non-Executive Director of Scantech and Chairman of Playford Memorial Trust.

Chris Stathy OAM

Current board member for Orana, and previously CEO for Fielders and Philmac, with various directorships in industry and not-for-profit.

Geoff Thomas

Non Executive Director specialising in private equity and mergers & acquisitions. Global experience with defence, security and capital raising.

Mark Canny

Chief Executive Officer of Intercast & Forge since 2007. Previously Group General Manager of Home and Hardware Products at Hills Industries.

Bruce Linn

Director of  SABRENet, ITEK Ventures and SA Heart Centres. Chairman of Anglicare SA, eResearch SA and IPMO. Former President of Australian Institute of Company Directors (SA/NT), CEO of Finlayson Lawyers and CEO/founder of Camtech.

Paul Huxtable

Paul is a Design Thinker with global experience spanning hundreds of products in diverse sectors including Good Design Award winners in five consecutive decades. His own safety products are used in over 60 countries. His mission is to help inspire, educate and empower Startup’s, Micro’s, SME’s and Regional SA to rediscover their innovative power through the application of Design driven Business Strategies throughout the entire value chain.

Mike Heard

Member, SA Committee of the Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering. Former MD of Codan Ltd, member of SA’s Premier’s Science and Industry Council, and Director of various organisations.

Peter Karidis

CEO of KCL Property Development and Fund Management. Co-founded a Wireless Telco and m.Net 3G CRC. Supports local innovation & Tech Sector. Involved in Medical IT POCT and PALAMIR Big Data Analytics.

Tim Stollznow

Tim is a business advisor, investor and company director. Previous CEO of Quest Retail Technology generating annual compound growth of 30% from 1998 until the company was acquired by a NASDAQ listed organisation NCR in 2007 for over $60m.

Jim Whalley

Jim is Chairman and co-founder of Nova Group, a company which has generated multiple companies and established global offices in the UK, EU and Singapore, rocketing into the AFR top 500. He is a former air force fighter pilot and test pilot, and is still very active in the Defence sector. He also advises the Federal government on Defence innovation along with sitting on numerous boards.