WA innovators get time to shine

10 May, 2017

Steve Jobs once said innovation distinguishes leaders from followers—and now WA innovators have the chance to shine through two separate government awards.

Last week, WA Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly opened applications for the 2017 WA Innovator of the Year program while Federal Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne launched the Maritime Australia Industry Innovation Awards.

The WA Innovator of the Year program, now in its 11th year, will include a Young Innovator of the Year category and, for the first time, a regional and professional assistance award and mentoring for semi-finalists and finalists.

Award winners will share in a prize pool of $145,000 to help commercialise their innovations. The overall winner will receive $75,000.

Kelly says the inclusion of the Young Innovator of the Year Award is an exciting development.

“We have so many talented young entrepreneurs in WA, and this program will help them get a head start in their future careers,” he says.

The Maritime Australia Industry Innovation Awards will recognise and reward Australian companies and individuals at the forefront of naval and commercial maritime innovation.

“There are so many small-to-medium enterprises that have developed world-leading products that have not only met Australia’s defence needs but achieved success internationally,” Pyne says.

“These awards are about celebrating, recognising and rewarding the skills and expertise that exists within Australia. I strongly encourage companies and individuals to put their nominations forward.”

Nominations are open for the Maritime Australia Industry Innovation Awards to be awarded at the 2017 Pacific International Maritime Exposition in October.

► To nominate someone for a maritime award before the August 1 closing date or for more information visit here.