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Canva awarded Australia’s Coolest Company in Tech

Envato awarded Australia’s Coolest Company for Women

SYDNEY (Wednesday 18 November, 2015) – Online design platform and Australian start-up, Canva, was today awarded Australia’s Coolest Company in Tech and online marketplace for digital products, Envato, was awarded the inaugural Australia’s Coolest Company for Women by careers website, JobAdvisor.

Ben Hutt, judge and chief executive of JobAdvisor and Search Party said Canva was awarded the Coolest Company in Tech for its emphasis on internal culture supporting development of a market defining product. Envato was named the Coolest Company for Women due to its emphasis on facilitating an empowering and positive workplace for women in particular.

“The Australian tech scene is full of innovative companies who are challenging traditional models. The common theme among those leading their industries is a strategic focus on creation and maintenance of a collaborative, empowering and inviting culture.” 

“At Canva, the culture and mix of people make it a truly one-of-a kind place to work. Canva’s product empowers everyone to be a designer and its culture allows the entire team to be leaders.” 

Last year JobAdvisor kicked off the search in the tech sector and uncovered a number of cool companies. This year it expanded the search to find the Coolest Company for Women.

Envato won the Coolest Company in Tech in 2014 and this year has taken out the Coolest Company for Women for its business initiatives on gender diversity. This includes contributing to the Code Like a Girl initiative, Geek Girls dinners and its unconscious bias and diversity training it runs across the company.

“We had entries from some of Australia’s largest tech companies, big banks, consulting firms and global tech businesses, but Envato stood out for its business strategy to make the tech industry more attractive to a wide range of people, including women,” said Hutt.

Both awards recognise companies who offer a game changing service, offer unprecedented benefits to employees, foster friendly working environments for women and are addressing unconscious bias in the workplace.

Also judging the awards was Karen Lawson, former CEO of CareerOne, Lisa Annese, CEO of Diversity Council Australia, an organisation that provides innovative solutions in the area of diversity, and Justin Babet, CEO, JobVibe.

“When it comes to women in technology, there has never been a better time to be in this industry. We looked beyond the gimmicks to find companies who ingrained best practice in their workplace,’ said Karen Lawson, former CEO of CareerOne.

“This includes policy decisions and programs that drive awareness of unconscious bias, active pay equity reviews and initiatives to inspire, connect and support not just women but extending programs to men to drive a better outcome,” said Lawson.

Here are the top ten companies on the 2015 Coolest Company in Tech:

1.    Canva

2.    Vinomofo

3.    Envato

4.    Buzinga App Development

5.    Vocus Communications

6.    AdRoll

7.    Adobe Systems Australia

8.    99designs

9.    Integral Ad Science

10.  Datalicious


Here are the top ten companies on the 2015 Coolest Company for Women:

1.    Envato

2.    Commonwealth Bank

3.    Adobe Systems Australia

4.    33 Talent

5.    Ausmed Education

6.    Rackspace Hosting

7.    Nitro

8.    Aspect Personnel

9.    FirstClick Consulting

10.  Acxiom

About JobAdvisor 

JobAdvisor is culture-matching platform that helps their employees tell their story in an open, transparent and honest way. Employers collect feedback from employees in the form of reviews to create 'social proof', which they can leverage to improve their ability to recruit across all recruitment channels. It also allows employers to set expectations upfront, resulting in stronger employee engagement and retention. JobAdvisor is part of Search Party, an online recruitment marketplace that helps businesses find talent faster, easier, and at a lower cost.