SmartCompany Plus Innovator

Entrants must show initiatives that spark progressive change in their industry or business, original ideas and disruptive strategies.

Award Winner


SmartCompany Plus Innovator Award winner: Pickstar

Pickstar founders and former AFL pros James Begley and Matthew Pavlich have woven innovation and creativity into their leadership style and into the very fabric of their business.

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Award Shortlistees


Fintech lender Plenti was shortlisted for its innovative end-to-end online secured car loan product. The startup was praised by our judges for being especially innovative compared to its competitors in the field, and for its tech disrupting both lending and investing, which puts consumers’ needs front and centre.

Signifi Media

Signifi Media is an online marketing and digital solutions agency that has developed a way to help businesses of all sizes automate marketing campaigns.

Our judges said the business is “ahead of its time” and capitalising on a number of converging trends in a highly competitive sector. It was praised for its smart structure, with tech driving innovation but not an increase in headcount, which allows for maximum scalability.

Man of Many

For independent publisher Man of Many, innovation has meant combining editorial content with an e-commerce platform.

Our judges praised the business’ ability to grow and maximise its revenue streams in a challenging industry at a challenging time, with one saying the change was a “necessary growth strategy with great foresight”.

Association of Professional Builders

Association of Professional Builders has developed a coaching model for small businesses in the construction sector, helping them streamline their operations and ultimately improve their bottom lines.

It is also growing its own business through this approach, which one of our judges said “paves the way for greater innovation in the industry”.