26 / August / 2019

Moreton Bay Entrepreneur Announced as WiT Award Finalist


Posted 26 August 2019


Moreton Bay Region is home to some very talented entrepreneurs and innovators and Megan Avard is no exception. 

In conjunction with National Science Week, Women in Technology (WiT) is celebrating the remarkable achievements of women in STEM by announcing the finalists for the upcoming WiT Awards including Moreton Bay resident, Megan Avard.

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. Avard resigned her senior executive role 2 years ago and started a technology company in her late 40’s 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,” said Avard. “I knew there was a clear gap in the market so I resigned my day job, in council, in August 2017 and started a software company the following week to build the solution.”

“I am not the standard startup demographic, I am breaking the mould and showing you don’t have to know how to code or be young and tech-savvy 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 by continuing to deliver and achieve award winning results. SurePact 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 two back-to-back Ignite Ideas Grants.Ms Avard’s company will also be representing Queensland at the National Awards in Melbourne on August 29 for the AiiA Gala dinner.

WiT Co-President Dr Claudia Giurgiuman said Avard perfectly embodies 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,” said Dr Giurgiuman.

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

Avard is among three finalists for the WiT Entrepreneurial Award selected from a pool of over 150 women nominated across 12 categories.

Dr Giurgiuman said Australia's annual celebration of science was the perfect time to announce the finalists for the 22nd annual WiT Awards, taking place on August 30.

The WiT Awards feature a number of scientific awards including Life Sciences Rising Star, Life Sciences Young Achiever, Life Sciences Research Leader and Life Sciences Outstanding.

“Science Week is about acknowledging the contribution of Australian scientists 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 Dr Giurgiuman.

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 22nd Annual 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.

What is 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.

Have you nominated for the Moreton Bay Business Awards?

The 2019 Moreton Bay Region Business Excellence & Innovation Awards feature various categories for innovation and entrepreneurship. Have you considered nominating for the following categories?

Innovate Moreton Bay Innovation Excellence Award

Advance Queensland Successful Startup Award

USC Young Entrepreneur Excellence Award

Think2Be Youth Innovation Excellence Award