BlueChilli at the iAwards 2016

The BlueChilli innovation team on best behaviour: Colette Grgic (GM, Innovation), Chris Ball (Head of Partnerships) and Nicola Hazell (Head of Diversity & Impact)

If we needed any further confirmation that Australian industry has been swept up in the innovation wave, last week’s NSW iAwards were it.

The digital awards program hosted by the Australian Information Industry Association has been running for 22 years, with the aim of recognising and rewarding the ICT innovations that have the potential to, or are already having a positive impact on the community.

This year, amid the national shift towards a digitally-enabled, innovation-led economy, the number of nominations for the iAwards doubled.

In every category, the list of finalists announced ran into the dozens, showcasing the remarkable diversity of digital innovations being developed right across the economy – including in government, the corporate and startup sectors, and most impressively, in Australian schools. From an app developed by school student Nikita Pussell allowing users to better budget and track their spending, to a big data analysis tool to improve patient care and outcomes in our hospitals – the award winners were a great demonstration of the power of technology in improving the lives of all Australians.

For those of us at BlueChilli, it was an honour to be recognised among the winners for our work in supporting the future of Australian business through our program for early stage tech startups.

BlueChilli and other winners on stage at iAwards

BlueChilli began as a startup ourselves just over four years ago, with the vision of providing a unique solution for Australian entrepreneurs who have great ideas for tech startups but don’t have the tech capabilities, resources or business knowledge to get started. Our goal is to see more Australian success stories on the global tech stage, by offering a full-service production house, accelerator program and seed funding for non-technical entrepreneurs to go from idea to launch. We have rapidly adapted and iterated our model as we have grown, responding to the needs and experiences of our startups in order to provide the best possible chance of success in a field that has a high rate of failure.

The startup world is high-stakes – success is never guaranteed, and is always the result of bloody hard work, often over many years.

So to be recognised at the iAwards among such an exciting community of innovators is a real coup for our whole team, and for amazing group of Australian entrepreneurs we are working with to build a digitally-enabled, globally scalable business sector.

We look forward to taking the team to nationals in September!

This is our other best behaviour. Bring on the iAwards finals!

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