by Fiona Luke September 10, 2015 3 min read
Emma Lovell, from Manly in Sydney invented Fly Babee, a pop- up sleep cover that attaches to airline bassinets and all types of strollers. She received bronze 2015 St George Banking Group AusMumpreneur Award in the Product Innovation Category.
The awards were held in Melbourne where talented mums from all over the country gathered to support and encourage other Australian mumpreneurs.
The mother of two was presented with the bronze award by sponsor St George Bank’s Head of SME Stuart Zalunardo.
Emma Lovell said she was thrilled to place third in her category in the 2015 St George Banking Group AusMumpreneur Awards against such a talented bunch of women.
“I was surrounded by amazingly inspiring women in business all weekend. To hear about the businesses that these women have set up, grown and nurtured whilst caring for their own families, was nothing short of incredible. To be recognised in the Top 3 for innovative products was humbling, encouraging and soul warming."
Fly Babee Sleep Easy cover is not only one of the best stroller covers on the market but is also the first product to practically address the issues of getting a baby to sleep on an airplane. Fly Babee won over investor Janine Allis from Boost Juice on Channel Ten’s Shark Tank in April earlier this year.
St. George Bank is keen to support Australian entrepreneurs like Emma Lovell and her fellow AusMumpreneur Award winners, Stuart Zalunardo said.
“The awards are all about recognising the growing number of mums who are achieving outstanding business success while balancing motherhood.”
“I was blown away by the entrepreneurial spirit of the award winners and am very confident that they will provide great inspiration for other mums considering starting their own business,” Stuart said.
This is the sixth year the AusMumpreneur Awards have run, with the business mum community growing at lightning speed as mothers look at opportunities to join the ranks of small business owners.
AusMumpreneur Network owners Peace Mitchell and Katy Garner said the awards show the passion of women who want to fulfil their entrepreneurial dreams as well as be great mums.
“The number of women starting businesses has tripled in the last 12 months! Of the 668,670 women operating a small business in Australia currently, a total of 47 per cent are mums with children at home. We are thrilled to be the number one community for mumpreneurs and showcasing the best and the brightest each year through these awards and inspiring other women to follow their dreams too. With the support of our partner St George Banking Group and the Federal Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson, we are reaching new milestones every year to help Australian Mums achieve their business dreams.”
“We are delighted that Emma has won this award, she has an outstanding business and is an inspirational role model and ambassador for mums in business everywhere. We wish her and all our amazing Ausmumpreneurs every success in the coming year,” Peace said.
There are 13 categories in the 2015 St.George Banking Group AusMumpreneur Awards, with seven judged and six open to public voting.
Winners are as follows:
St George Banking Group AusMumpreneur of the Year: Monica Meldrum, Whole Kids
Rising Star AusMumpreneur: Alisha Lynch, Naughty Naturopath Mum
Emerging AusMumpreneur: Heather Rowlands, Kippins
Product Innovation Award: Kristy Chong, ModiBodi
Digital Innovation Award: Jodie Blight, Hello Table
Sustainability Award: Vinita Bhumi, Bhumi Organic
Business Excellence Award: Casey Bryden, Sunbella
Peoples Choice Award Categories
Influencer Award: Nikalene Riddle, Skinnymixers
Retail Business Award: Samantha Spunner, Sinchies
Service Business Award: Kelly McDonald, Garden Fairy Babies
Handmade Business Award: Melanie Fogarty, Beyond the Willow Tree
Customer Service Award: Nikki Wilkins, Nurture Nest
Making a Difference Award: Kristy Vallely, The Imperfect Mum
For more information on the St George Banking Group AusMumpreneur Awards visit: www.ausmumpreneur.com
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