The Bendigo Inventor Awards is Australia’s premier invention program connecting industry, government and community, to advance new inventions in areas of social impact.
We identify, encourage, support, promote and celebrate great ideas in the areas of Environmental Sustainability, Agriculture, Health and Emergency Services & Disaster Management.
Through a competitive process which fosters a culture of ingenuity and commercial courage, we create an environment in which new ideas are actively encouraged and allowed to take flight.
*The opportunity to win incredible category prizes, as well as the top prize of $5,000 and a guaranteed place on the 12 week La Trobe Accelerator Program, with the opportunity to pitch for up to $20,000 in non-equity seed funding!!
*The opportunity to connect with potential investors and others who can assist you in taking your ideas forward
*The opportunity to display your invention at our showcase event
*Educated feedback from an esteemed panel of judges, covering technical and commercial aspects
*The potential to be acknowledged as a finalist, category winner, runner-up or Inventor of the Year
Bendigo Health is a leading regional health organisation continuing to support the evolving needs of the Loddon Mallee region that we service. With a focus on excellence in healthcare we are always looking for ways to improve the health of our community. We are excited to partner in this new award that encourages and promotes innovation in health and look forward to seeing the entries.
VicSuper is proud to be partnering with the Bendigo Investors Awards to support the Environmental Sustainability Award Category. VicSuper have long been focused on environmental, social and economic impacts of operating a business and doing so in a responsible way. Environmental Sustainability is integral to being a progressive, responsible and future-focused business; it’s just part of being a good corporate citizen.
SproutX is proud to support regional entrepreneurship in agriculture through the Bendigo Inventor Awards. As the first agtech accelerator, venture fund and coworking space in Australia, we know technology is the only way to sustainably increase food and fibre production for the future. We’re ready to accelerate the future of farming.
Win the opportunity to be entered into the La Trobe Accelerator Program 3-day intensive Primer, including the opportunity to pitch for up to $20,000 non-equity seed funding!
La Trobe University Bendigo is proud to partner with the Bendigo Inventor Awards. The University shares a passion for fostering inventiveness, innovation and creativity in regional Victoria. These Awards give us the opportunity to recognise local talent and support our innovators to create smart solutions for our community well into the future.
2017 – Michael Giglio
2015 – Danyon Boyd
2014 – Alvin Clausen
2013 – Max Kettle
2012 – Steve Serpell
2011 – Mike Taylor
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Whether a backyard tinkerer or a medical researcher, Australia has always, through its geographical isolation, been a nation of inventors. In 1906, the surf lifesaving reel was designed by Lyster Ormsby and built by John Bond. In 1929, Alfred Traeger built a pedal-powered radio as the communications for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. In 1958 Dr David Warren invented the black box flight recorder, while in 1965 Jack Grant of Qantas invented the inflatable escape slide which doubles as a life raft. These are just a few examples from a long list, which includes the invention of zinc suncream (1940), disposable plastic syringes (1949) and the baby safety capsule (1984).
As a nation, we recognise the value of a culture that promotes new ways of doing things. Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has been fostering Australian invention for over 100 years. Scientists are constantly working to solve problems in areas as diverse as medicine, agriculture, pest eradication and geology.
About BE BENDIGO
BE BENDIGO is excited to be hosting the Bendigo Inventor Awards. BE BENDIGO is the pre-eminent organisation for business and industry in the Greater Bendigo Region. With approximately 600 members we are also one of the largest regional chambers of commerce in Victoria. We aim to create a more vibrant economy by unlocking the potential of business and individuals.
The Bendigo Inventor Awards is supported by BE BENDIGO, City of Greater Bendigo, Engineers Australia, VicSuper, Bendigo Health, Red Cross, KPMG, Latrobe University, Deakin University, Monash University, Goldfields Local Learning and Education Network, Australian Turntable Company and GOLD FM.
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Nomination period Monday 7th November to Friday 20th January 2017