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Applications are now open for the Governor of Victoria Export Awards (GOVEAs), with businesses from across Victoria’s major industry sectors encouraged to apply and have their contribution to our economy recognised.

The Governor of Victoria Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AM is the patron of the awards, which are made up of 15 categories, including three exclusive to Victoria – Innovation Excellence, Women in International Business, and Exporter of the Year.

Victoria’s exporters keep the wheels of our economy turning, put people in jobs and show the world why we remain Australia’s hottest economic destination. The quality of applications for the GOVEAs is always outstanding and I look forward to seeing what 2017 brings for some of the state’s most important businesses.”

Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis

The Andrews Labor Government is proud to support businesses that take their products, innovation and expertise to the world and understands they play a key role in strengthening global trade and creating new jobs.

 

2015 Export Award for Innovation Excellence: RAYGEN

Australian advanced technology manufacturer RayGen Resources was awarded the 2015 Innovation Excellence Governor of Victoria Export Award.

 RayGen’s Chief Technical Officer Dr John Lasich speaks about the increased international credibility the company has experienced since winning the award.

2016 Digital Technologies Award Winner: ENVATO

(and Victorian Women in International Business Award: Cyan Ta’eed, co-Founder and Executive Director of Envato)

Digital start-up Envato took out two categories in 2016 – winning both the Digital Technology and Victorian Women in International Business awards – and went on to win the Australian Exporter of the Year Award at the national awards.

Envato’s Collis and Cyan Ta’eed give us some insight into committing a third of their lives starting and growing an award winning digital export business in Victoria.

Envato’s online marketplace was originally founded by two friends in a garage and now exports around $US50 million each year and connects millions of customers to designers, developers, musicians and animators.

The 2016 GOVEA for the Exporter of the Year was awarded to the family owned and Melbourne-based skin care company Ego Pharmaceuticals, who export their products to 27 countries across Asia, the Middle East and Europe and continue to invest in Victoria as its customer base grows.

Winning companies are automatically entered into the Australian Export Awards where they compete against the country’s most successful exporters for a chance at national acclaim and international exposure.

Victoria is home to some of Australia’s best exporters, with GOVEA winners going on to take out the Australian Exporter of the Year award for the past four years running.

Export plays an extremely valuable role in supporting Victoria’s economy, contributing over $43 billion to the economy, helping to support jobs throughout the state.

The application period for the GOVEAs runs until 31 July. For more information visit trade.vic.gov.au/awards.