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Nominations for the AusMumpreneur awards are now open

- June 17, 2021 3 MIN READ
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It’s time to show an Australian mum in business that she’s valued. Nominate her now for the AusMumpreneur Awards.

The AusMumpreneur Awards recognise the best and brightest mums in business, acknowledging success in business, product development, innovation and customer service. For every Mum nominated, $1 will be donated to Share The Dignity to end period poverty.

Business is booming for Australian mums

Australia’s 345,000 plus business-owning mothers represent one sixth of all small businesses and generate income for over half a million Australians providing role models for nearly one million Australian kids.

Australian women are creating more businesses than men (1.9 per cent to 1.2 per cent, according to the ABS) yet Crunchbase reports that in 2020, less than three per cent (2.3%) received VC funding globally.

Peace Mitchell and Katy Garner created the AusMumpreneur Awards, 12 years ago,  to acknowledge the work that Australian Mums in business do for their families and for our economy.They have since helped thousands of Mums running their own businesses in Australia in a myriad of ways.

Peace Mitchell says in today’s busy society mums are overlooked and undervalued.

“These awards aim to shine a spotlight on these unsung heroes and recognise them for their vision, determination and passion in creating a successful and innovative business while raising children. The AusMumpreneur Awards are an important acknowledgement of the work that Australian mums in business do.

“It’s certainly not the easy option and it can be an isolating and challenging journey too. The AusMumpreneur Awards were created to shine a light on these women and celebrate their achievements as entrepreneurs.”

The AusMumpreneur Awards helped support and acknowledge, Share the Dignity, Founder, Rochelle Courtenay.

Peace and Katy fondly remember Rochelle collecting sanitary items at the AusMumpreneur Conference and Awards in 2015. Rochelle started Share the Dignity in March 2015 and used the awards to help create awareness and to collect sanitary items to end period poverty.

Share the Dignity now has a team of volunteers and has collected over 3 million period products across Australia.

Instead of thinking why is no one helping homeless women who don’t have basic sanitary items, Rochelle said ‘what is stopping me from doing something?’ Share the Dignity was created out of the simple idea of giving dignity to local women.

Rochelle with Peace Mitchell, Co-Founder of The AusMumpreneur Awards and Conference and Co-Founder of The Women's Business School 

Rochelle with Peace Mitchell, Co-Founder of The AusMumpreneur Awards and Conference and Co-Founder of The Women’s Business School 

AusMumpreneur Awards co-founder Katy Garner says  Share the Dignity works to make a real, on the ground difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, or doing it tough.

“They distribute period products to women, girls, and anyone who menstruates who needs support. When someone is doing it tough, the last thing on their mind should be dealing with their period and Share the Dignity assists those in need through collecting thousands of period products each year through collection drives and campaigns and then distributes them directly to charities across Australia.

That’s why they will be donating $1 to Share the Dignity for every nomination received.

“We’re on a mission to raise $5000 to help end period poverty,” Garner says.

Garner says she has a dream of reaching even more women than ever through the 2021 awards.

“I’m challenging women to find 10 mums in business who they’ve collaborated with, bought from or know, who they believe are doing a great job in their business. This is a chance to carry out a genuine random act of kindness and let these women know that they are valued and appreciated. You never know how much that can mean to someone, especially a mum who’s managing both motherhood and business!”

Nominate a Mum in Business now