Moreton Bay Entrepreneur Announced as WiT Award Finalist

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Moreton Bay’s Megan Avard is set to shine at the upcoming Women in Technology (WiT) Awards after being announced as a finalist in the prestigious Entrepreneur category.

The 22ndAnnual WiT Awards, being held on 30 August, is celebrating the remarkable achievements of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. 

Ms Avard was nominated for her work as Founder and CEO of her multi award-winning company, SurePact, and its Enterprise software for contract risk profiling to improve project and procurement delivery.  

Ms Avard resigned her senior executive role two years ago and started a technology company in her late 40s despite being told that she would fail without a male co-founder.

“I had spent years witnessing millions of taxpayer dollars being squandered through the systematic failure of poorly managed infrastructure contracts,” she said.

“I knew there was a clear gap in the market, so I resigned my day job in local government in August 2017 and started a software company the following week.

“I am not the usual startup demographic, I am breaking the mould and showing you don’t have to know how to code or be young and tech-centric to be a Founder. You just need guts, gumption and a desire to learn.”

In its first 18 months, SurePact has made a significant impact and achieved award winning results. The company was announced the 2018 APAC Lendlease B2B Startup of the Year Winner; 2019 QLD AiiA Startup of the Year Winner and has been the recipient of back-to-back Ignite Ideas Grants.

Women in Technology Co-President (ICT) Joanna Field said Ms Avard perfectly embodied all that WiT aims to achieve.

“WiT’s mission is to ensure women have fair access to the career opportunities and rewards offered by a technology-driven economy,” she said.

“Our network of more than 6,500 associates and 21,000 supporters is one of the biggest in the nation with the strength and dedication needed to drive change for women in STEM careers.”

Ms Field said Australia’s annual celebration of science – National Science Week – was the perfect time to announce the finalists for the 22ndannual WiT Awards, taking place on August 30.

Announced as one of three finalists for the WiT Entrepreneurial Award, Ms Avard has been selected from a pool of over 150 women from all branches of science and technology nominated across 12 award categories. 

Named in memory of Sue Wickenden, a successful Brisbane IT entrepreneur who tragically died in 2012, the Sue Wickenden Entrepreneurial Award recognises women who have been instrumental in launching and building a successful technology-based business and who are contributing to the development and growth of the economy in Queensland and beyond.

“Science Week is about acknowledging the contribution of Australian technologists to the world of knowledge and inspiring others with an interest in STEM – what better time to introduce our finalists who are doing truly amazing work in their fields,” said Ms Field.

WiT is Australia’s first organisation to bring women from all disciplines of science and technology together in a single, inclusive community, dedicated to driving change for women in STEM careers.

Focusing on the common ground shared by women in all areas of technology, WiT provides members collegial support to help build the confidence and skills necessary to succeed in the workplace.

Winners of the 22ndAnnual WiT Awards will be announced at the WiT Awards Gala on Friday August 30 at 6pm at the Brisbane City Hall.

For more information or to register for the event visit https://www.wit.org.au/event-3261803

MEDIA NOTE– To interview Ms Field or Ms Avard, contact WiT Media Deanna Nott on 0422 504540 or email media@wit.org.au

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ABOUT WiT

As one of Australia’s most respected and active technology industry associations, Women in Technology (WiT) is dedicated to supporting, developing, recognising and promoting the achievements of women in the technology industries through advocacy, networking events, breakfasts, professional development, mentoring and our prestigious WiT Awards.

WiT was founded in 1997 by a small group of Queensland women who came together to share their aspirations and find understanding and solutions for the unique challenges they faced as female pioneers in technology. It now has more than 6500 members from all branches of science and technology. To learn more about WiT visit wit.org.au.

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