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Govea Awards Previous Winners 2014

Rewarding Victoria's most successful and innovative export businesses.

Thank you to all our winners

 The Governor of Victoria Export Awards (GOVEA) is one of the most prestigious business awards in Victoria. Rewarding Victoria’s most successful and innovative exporters with the stamp of international success, a GOVEA gives your business recognition in the local and international marketplace.

2014 Governor of Victoria Export Award winners

The 2014 Governor of Victoria Export Awards were awarded at Government House on 7 October 2014 by The Hon. Alex Chernov AC QC, Governor of Victoria and The Minister for Employment and Trade, The Hon. Louise Asher.

The winner of the Victorian Exporter of the Year award was online foreign exchange broker, Pepperstone. The Creature Technology Company, creator of robotic creatures for the entertainment industry, won the Innovation Excellence Award and Sarah Gough from Box Grove Vineyard won the inaugural Victorian Women in International Business Award.

Overall Winners

Exporter of the Year: Pepperstone

Export Award for Innovation Excellence: The Creature Technology Company

Category Winners

Agribusiness: Hy Gain Feeds

Business Services: Marshall Day Acoustics

Creative Industries: The Creature Technology Company

Education & Training: Deakin University

Environmental Solutions: Chemwatch

Health & Biotechnology: SDI Limited

Information & Communication Technology:StarNet Systems

Manufacturing: GP Graders

Minerals, Energy and Related Services: SMEC

Online Sales: Pepperstone

Regional: Seven Fields

Small Business: Versatile Technologies


Education & Training: RMIT University

HygainLogoHy Gain Feeds is dedicated to the production of high quality feeds and nutritional supplements for the equine industry, both domestically and internationally.Their mission is to improve the health and performance of horses through natural nutrition and scientific innovation. For over 30 years, Hy Gain has led the way in equine nutrient feeding champions across the globe.





Marshall Day Acoustics Logo

Marshall Day Acoustics is one of the largest and most respected acoustic consultancies in the world, providing environmental noise impact assessments, architectural acoustic and theater design, vibration and underwater acoustics consulting services.Marshall Day Acoustics has contributed to the design of many major performing arts centres in 10 of China’s biggest cities and was also appointed as acoustic consultants for the Gstaad Concert Hall in Switzerland this year.




Creature Technology Company

The Creature Technology Company are the creators of the most technologically sophisticated, creatively inspired and life-life, large scale animatronic characters and creatures in the world. CTC was determined to pursue its own international client base targeting the theatrical, theme park, exhibition and events industry and can now list the Radio City Music Hall In New York, in the United States and the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia as their clients.




Deakin University

Deakin University In just 40 years, Deakin University has developed from a small regional university in Waurn Ponds, just outside Geelong into one of the most dynamic international universities in the country. Deakin was one of the first universities in Australia to open an offshore office and grow its physical presence across the Asia Pacific region in China, India and Indonesia in addition to having developed partnerships with more than 100 countries around the world.




 chemwatchlogoChemwatch provides safety software for users and manufacturers of chemicals. It has over 4000 clients globally and has established brand offices in Japan, China, Mongolia, USA, UK, Italy, Turkey and India. Pfizer, Mars Foods, Boeing, NASA and Rolls Royce are all listed as Chemwatch’s clients as well as some 200 universities including the University of California, Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Cornell.





 SDI Ltd SDI Limited makes a substantial contribution to the global dental industry, focusing on the research and development, manufacturing and marketing of specialist dental materials and products, such as its world leading teeth whitening system. Ninety per cent of SDI Limited sales are exported to over 100 countries on all continents to help people achieve the perfect smile.





Star Net Systems LogoStarNet Systems is a software development firm which provides a total end to end telecommunications management solution to accommodate all of the functions of a housing and conference operation for residential communities. StarNet’s customer base now spans more than 450 world-wide and includes Stanford University, Harvard Business School, Yale, the University College London, University of Westminster, University of Auckland and the National University of Singapore.





GP Graders began as a small family owned business in 1963 and has since developed into the world’s largest manufacturer of cherry grading and packing technology.  When domestic growth slowed, GP Graders re-energised itself with a focus on export sales which now account for 75 per cent of its business.






SMEC is a professional services firm with Australian origins and a global footprint that spans over 75 offices in more than 35 countries.  SMEC employs over 5000 people, including 300 at its Victorian offices in Melbourne, Geelong and Traralgon and is consistently ranked among the world’s top engineering design firms.





Pepperstone Logo

Pepperstone are an online retail foreign exchange broker. Their operations allows retail investors, regardless of their location or device, to access global currency markets with the benefits of state of the art automation, comprehensive data, trading infrastructure, dedicated customer service support and competitive brokerage. A global business enabling trading in 62 currency pairs and metals, it currently services 21,000 clients in 120 countries.




Seven Fields Logo

Seven Fields is a family owned producer and exporter of citrus, mangoes and wine to global markets.  With a strong focus on ensuring the highest quality for its premium products from one end of the supply chain to the other, Seven Fields has expanded its export markets from five countries to 14 countries since 2008 including to Japan, China, North America, Spain, the Netherlands and India.





Versatile Technology


Versatile Technology designs and manufactures the world’s most advanced test systems for can packing manufacturers. They make their own microprocessors, control modules and write their own software, then design and build the gauges in Melbourne for customers in the USA, Europe, Japan, Asia and the Middle East. 



Sarah Grove, Box Yard Vineyard Sarah has been in the wine industry all her adult life, studying wine production and marketing and then working in France. She was the chief wine writer for The Age in the 1980’s and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to explore the future of Australian wine market in Japan. She returned and worked for Brown Brothers Wines for ten years and was also the regional wine representative on the board of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival for ten years. 


RMIT University Logo

RMIT University is Australia’s largest tertiary and its most globalised, with international students making up to 40 per cent of its student body, more than half of whom are offshore. RMIT has three campuses in Melbourne, tow in Vietnam, a centre in Barcelona and offshore programs through 18 partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Sri Lanka, Indonesia Laos, Belgium, Spain and Germany. 
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