Ingrid Osborne, Co-founder of Saryx Engineering Group. (photo by FNB)
  • Saryx Engineering Group has been named SA's most innovative business at the FNB Business Innovation Awards.
  • Over 600 companies entered the competition.
  • Saryx was the only female-owned company among the finalists. 
  • They will be traveling to Argentina in September to compete with international innovative companies.

Saryx Engineering Group (SEG) has been named South Africa's most innovative business at the FNB Business Innovation Awards, held Thursday in Johannesburg.

The Richards Bay-based software company was founded by engineers Ingrid Osborne and Julie Mathieson in 2007. They developed HSEC Online, software that assists companies to track document compliance and allows documents to be sent safely.

For example, companies use the system to keep employee safety training, BBBEE and tax clearance certificates, as well as other certification up to date, and are reminded before they expire.

"By virtue of having made it to the second round of the competition, we felt that we had already won," Osborne told Business Insider.

"We have learnt so much from this process and, for us, winning is not just a one-night event, but a long term process." The pair beat over 600 entrants over a lengthy judging period to make it to the top nine spot.

"Our real idea out of this was to make heroes out of innovators," says Mike Vacy-Lyle, CEO of FNB Business. He believes that innovators create scalable businesses which means job creation.

Osborne and Mathieson will be heading off to Argentina in September to participate in the Endeavor International Selection Panel. The event brings together high-impact entrepreneurs to present their business to world-leading business personalities for a chance to be part of an exclusive global network. 

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