Toowoomba startup Spark Girlz has been nominated in the 2019 What’s On 4 Kids Awards recognising excellence in Australian business. In its eighth successful year, the Awards are recognising excellence in the industry in more than 32 categories, announcing winners on Saturday 1 June. Spark Girlz is nominated in three of these categories – Best School Holiday Activity, Best New Kids Activity and Best Local School-Aged Kids Activity.

Founders of Spark Girlz Andrea Madden and Steph Piper are using their combined industry knowledge to provide parents with educational opportunities to inspire young learners. Currently, the female founders host school holiday workshops at Canvas Coworking centred on teaching electronics, innovation and 3D printing to school-aged students, but are also working on creating retail kits featuring inspirational Australian women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to spark a passion for the sciences in more girls.

Madden says, “this will be the first time we have attend such an event, it’s a great opportunity to learn from other children’s activity providers and come together to celebrate the industry. We are super proud to be representing Toowoomba as we are the only local business nomination across all the categories.”

Founder of the Awards Elise Easdown says, “we feel very privileged to not only work with this industry but to also celebrate them with the What’s On 4 Kids Awards. Winning awards gives the industry recognition, increases team morale and workplace culture and leads to more family interest”. She adds that “in previous years nominations are attracted from businesses and parents all over Australia and we expect this year to be the same.”

All nominations are judged by an independent panel with the  ‘people’s choice’ winners decided on community voting. This year over 500 nominations were received, with Best Kids Live Show – National, Best Kids School Holiday Activity and Best Kids Party Venue as some of the most popular categories; a total of more than 21,000 votes were received.

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