Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly today officially opened applications for the 2017 Innovator of the Year program.
The program, which is in its 11th year, will include a Young Innovator of the Year Award and, for the first time, a regional assistance package and professional assistance and mentoring for semi-finalists and finalists.
The awards recognise the exceptional local and regional innovators behind the newest products, technologies, processes and services that have or have the potential to benefit Western Australia.
Award winners will share in a prize pool of $145,000 to help commercialise their innovations, and the overall winner will receive a prize of $75,000.
To help innovators ground their ideas and move them forward, the program also links industry and academia through research collaborations.
Applications for the 2017 WA Innovator of the Year program close at 12pm on June 6, 2017.
The State Government would like to thank the program sponsors including Woodside, South32, Business News, iPREPWA, EnterpriseFirst, Murfett Legal, Watermark and Wrays.
For more information on the program, visit http://gcio.wa.gov.au/initiatives/wa-ioty/
Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly:
"The McGowan Labor Government is committed to supporting and encouraging local innovators, as we look for new ways to create local jobs.
"The Innovator of the Year program recognises the exceptional talent of local and regional innovators making a difference in Western Australia.
"The inclusion of the Young Innovator of the Year Award is an exciting development as we have so many talented young entrepreneurs in WA, and this program will help them get a head start in their future careers.
"I'm also proud to say that this year's program has been broadened and strengthened in the regions to encourage and support regional innovators to apply for the program.
"The program supports Western Australian innovators commercialise their ideas which will diversify the economy, create employment opportunities, and attract investors to our State."
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