A novel approach to technology commercialisation and a commitment to flexible work has earned Sydney entrepreneur Natalie Chapman a Stevie® Award for Women in Business.

Chapman, the co-founder of technology commercialisation consultancy gemaker, was honoured in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Asia, Australia or New Zealand category. The award acknowledges her achievements as a commercialisation and business development specialist and her extensive experience in taking new Australian products and services to market.

“Natalie is passionate about Australian innovation and about creating new pathways that will bring Australian innovation to the global market, and this awards nomination really acknowledges her immense talents in this sector,” says gemaker co-founder and commercial director Athena Prib.

“She has been the driving force behind the commercialisation of a range of novel ICT technologies, and has also worked with numerous universities, research organisations and SMEs to help them develop more effective strategies to manage, promote and license their IP assets.”

Chapman’s achievements are particularly noteworthy in the context of her work in the male-dominated tech sector. Since gemaker’s launch in 2011, she has been using the company to create flexible work opportunities for female technology professionals.

The Stevie® Awards for Women in Business is one of the world’s highest profile awards schemes, honouring the achievements of female executives, entrepreneurs and employees in over 90 categories.

“For 10 years we have been recognizing the achievements of women in the workplace, and this year’s nominations were the most impressive class the judges have ever reviewed,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards.

The winners were announced at a gala dinner in New York on November 8.

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