Judging underway: 2021 Awards for Excellence


James Riley
Editorial Director

Judging has started across all categories of the InnovationAus 2021 Awards for Excellence, bringing together an outstanding group of companies and entrepreneurs for this celebration of Australian talent.

The entries represent a diverse set of companies from across the whole innovation lifecycle, from startups with new to market products and services to established, well-known corporate brand names from across Australia.

The inaugural InnovationAus 2021 Awards for Excellence were launched in May as a way to put a spotlight on the companies and people who are building new enterprises, and in the process creating jobs, creating wealth across the economy, and in the process building new industries.

These awards have a focus on the local development and commercialisation of intellectual property: The creation of innovation new products and services that deliver commercial success or outstanding social impact.

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Corrie McLeod: The driver behind the InnovationAus 2021 Awards for Excellence

We celebrate not only Australia’s research excellence, but also the translation of that research. We also Australian excellence in non-R&D innovation and the use of applied technology in building our industries of the future.

While the awards have attracted outstanding entries across all categories, the most popular awards categories by volume of entries were in Advanced Manufacturing; Mining Equipment, Technology and Services; and the Research Translation category. And the WildCard category for difficult to define cross-industry entries of course attracted many entries.

“These are the heroes of our economy in transition – the people and companies creating IP and turning it into commercial or societal value,” InnovationAus.com publisher Corrie McLeod said.

“We have been blown away by the response to this Awards for Excellence program, with such incredible enthusiasm from the innovation community, a representative of the broadest range of industries across the whole economy,” she said.

Ms McLeod thanked the Awards inaugural sponsors – Verizon Business Group, Sitecore, Squiz, Microsoft Australia, CSIRO, Okta, Mimecast, Agile Digital, Wrays, the Innovation Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC), and Digital Health CRC – for the support in helping to shine a spotlight on these outstanding companies.

The Awards program includes a multimedia editorial series of articles, podcasts and videos that profile the finalists in the Awards for Excellence to put a spotlight on these successful innovators.

You can find out more about the InnovationAus.com 2021 Awards for Excellence Board of Advisors as well as its incredible panel of judges by visiting the Awards website.

The program culminates in a black-tie gala being held in Sydney on November 18 – a Commercial Disco for the ages, and the perfect antidote for a lockdown-troubled year..

Our Awards categories are:

  1. Advanced Manufacturing
  2. Cybersecurity
  3. Food and AgriTech
  4. MedTech and Biotechnology
  5. Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS)
  6. Energy and Renewables
  7. Space and Remote Automation
  8. Defence Industry
  9. Research Translation Award
  10. People’s Choice Award
  11. Australian Hero Award

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