Final countdown for 2021 Award entries

James Riley
Editorial Director

Are you one of Australia’s brilliant entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers or commercialisation heroes? We want to hear from you!

The clock is ticking toward the deadline for those innovative companies planning to enter the InnovationAus 2021 Awards for Excellence. The final deadline for entry into these inaugural industry awards is next Monday 2 August.

These awards are a celebration of the companies and individuals that have taken the kernel of an idea and turned it into a successful commercial product or service or had a positive social impact.

We want to put a spotlight on the heroes who are building future industries in Australia and for Australia. These are the people and the companies creating jobs and building wealth for the nation.

InnovationAus Awards last call
Better get a move on – InnovationAus Awards for Excellence

The InnovationAus 2021 Awards for Excellence is a six-month program of discovery, where will put a spotlight on the best and brightest companies through editorial profiles, podcasts and videos.

Entries must be submitted by midnight on Monday 2 August.

“The response to these inaugural InnovationAus 2021 Awards for Excellence has been tremendous. We are very excited by the numbers of entries to each of the 12 categories across the innovation spectrum,” said InnovationAus publisher Corrie McLeod.

“There are so many incredible ventures and amazing people that make up the innovation ecosystem in Australia. They don’t always get the attention we think they deserve, and we are doing something about that through the editorial platform,” she said.

“And of course, we are very much looking forward to our black-tie gala awards night in Sydney on November 18 – an event we are calling the Commercial Disco – and the final stop in this voyage of commercial discovery.”

You can find out more about our incredibly well-credentialed judging panel for these awards here.

We are also very pleased to add two more names to this auspicious list: Tom Hajdu is Professor and Chair of Creative Technologies at the University of Adelaide, where he is the Director of the Sia Furler Institute for Contemporary Music and Media. And Adrian Beer, the chief executive at Mets Ignited Australia, the Industry Growth Centre for the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services sector.

The 12 categories for the InnovationAus 2021 Awards for Excellence are:

This broad category will include entries across the spectrum of other industries – from Australian designed-and-built satellites, to mineral processing, food products and everything in between. We hope this category also attracts successful pivots of IP during COVID-19 to meet supply chain shortages.

Since the launch of the first Australian Government Cybersecurity Strategy in 2016, the local cyber ecosystem has built steadily. From a handful of companies five years ago, there are now hundreds of Australian cyber companies – many based on deep-tech research in everything from cryptography to Artificial Intelligence.

Value-added food production and AgriTech have been a focus of innovation investment in this country. This is in both food processing as well as production and range from high-tech sensor devices and farm-based robotics and automation to the at-scale production of plant-based meat and other protein products.

The pandemic has put a huge spotlight on biotechs through the detailed mainstream discussion about vaccines and vaccine manufacturing. Australians are good at this stuff. Our research community is exceptional, and the commercialisation of that research is strong.

The technology that supports the mining sector in Australia is highly advanced; whether it’s remote operation of highly-automated operations – including autonomous robotics – or the software systems that drive those operations. Australia has an incredible technology track record that we want to highlight.

This category seeks to reward ambition and innovation in the renewable energy sector. Commercial research in this area is fast growing and holds tremendous promise for the nation. From hydrogen extraction technologies and solar cell improvements to the management software systems.

The space sector was a lonely place to be in up until recently – now it is a hotbed of activity. From launch companies to companies with ambitions for global satellite constellations, the Award goes to our most ambitious entrepreneurs. We include remote automation in this category because there is so much cross-over.

The defence sector has been a stand-out in collaborations of partners – of researchers, private SMEs and multinational corporations, covering the full, vast array of technologies consumed by the defence community. This award seeks to highlight the best, most valuable collaborations between research and industry.

Recognising an innovative product or service that has found institution-based IP, created a team around it, and successfully taken it to commercial realm. There are boundless examples here, from plant-based meat production to mineral processing, and space initiatives.

If you have an outstanding product/service/piece of IP that deserves recognition but does not strictly meet the criteria of the other Award categories then this is for you. The InnovationAus Wildcard Award celebrates individuals and organisations whose innovation is unique and has made an impact in spaces such as the creative industries, FinTech, AI and machine learning, smart cities, emergency and instant response and edge computing; or for technology that has applications across verticals and has or will contribute significantly to industry and community.

Our judges select a final panel of the most ambitious and most outstanding entries to the InnovationAus Awards for Excellence – and allow our readers to vote on their choice for the most outstanding Australian innovation of the year.

This award recognises the individual (or leaders of a company) whose ambition and drive has resulted in a game-changing innovation, and a fabulous commercial success. These are the heroes that we must celebrate in this Australian future we are creating.

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