Business cannot prosper in a community that fails. The Impact Awards will deliver economic benefits to South Australia, by showcasing globally competitive technology, innovation and research, in order to attract new commercial relationships for local companies.


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


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


If your company is ambitious and globally competitive, please nominate. The role you play for South Australia should be recognised. You'll gain access to a group of highly experienced business leaders who want to help you succeed and you gain new opportunities to accelerate your growth with like-minded "Gazelles."




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“The buzz in the room was like nothing I had experienced in Adelaide before. No-one wanted to go home, the poor event staff showed a lot of patience. Deals were being made. The quality of the networking was pure blue-chip. The leaders and the doers of the South Australian economy were there and willing to engage.”

 - Peter Karidis


“The Impact Awards is about collecting our best innovations and giving them global recognition and new advantages to globalise their operations. Having more companies generating more impact on the world stage, will equal higher value jobs and strengthen the local community.”



The winners and finalists have been judged by industry leaders with global experience who have made a profound impact. The process was designed by the Impact Awards ambassadors to ensure that these companies could demonstrate global competitiveness and impact for the good of South Australia, their industry and business performance.

The winners and finalists have passed through a rigorous process to be recognised for having exceptional capability to compete globally.


Our mission is to generate prosperity for South Australia, by globalising the economy.

The Impact Awards network and leading ambassadors provide support for local companies to be globally competitive and take on the world.


Achieving this will occur by focusing on companies with the greatest global potential to increase their impact on world markets. This is where our ambassadors step into the frame. They are here to open up new opportunities, provide access to their networks and their years of global expertise to help other local companies become world-beaters.


From a pool of nominated companies, the Ambassadors will select a group to actively work with, in order to help accelerate globalisation with connections, knowledge and passion. It’s the ultimate prize for a company with global ambitions.


Why is this important?


South Australia as a high cost economy, with a small and isolated population needs to have more global companies generating more profound impact on the world. By uniting with proven leaders and influencers, our local business community can achieve incredible things to make South Australia not just one of the best places to live but also, one of the most exciting places from which to run a global enterprise.

Did you know in South Australia…


  • we develop the world’s most advanced decision support technology for healthcare
  • we created the “iPod” of fuel management for large commercial fleets
  • we invented the most effective treatment for melasma, a skin condition affecting millions of women globally
  • we provide software which detects malicious attacks on the FBI & NASA IT networks
  • we manufacture the world’s most efficient commercial grade air conditioning, which reduces energy by 80%


There are many more incredible South Australian stories to come.

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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

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

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

Victor Previn

Founder and Chairman of Ellex Medical Lasers.

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

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.

Nicholas Begakis AO

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

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.

Jana Matthews

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

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 Flynn

CEO, The Hospital Research Foundation and Director of Benephex Biotechnologies and Australian Prostate Cancer Research Society. Past CEO of CanDo Group.

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.

Geoff Thomas

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

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.

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.