Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Emergency Services; Innovation and ICT; Medical Research; Volunteering

    Search begins for Western Australia’s Innovator of the Year 2022

    3/05/2022 9:30 AM
    • Applications open for the 2022 WA Innovator of the Year program
    • Winners of six awards will share $140,000 prize pool
    • Program rewards WA's pioneers of innovation for technological advancement

    Western Australia's pioneers of innovation have been invited to submit applications for the 2022 WA Innovator of the Year.


    The WA Government program recognises and rewards the State's brightest talent for creating emerging new products, technology or services in the early stages of development.


    Established in 2006, the program invites applicants to demonstrate how their innovation can benefit the WA economy, community or environment.


    In 2021, Vision Pharma was named Overall Winner for developing treatment for inherited retinal diseases.


    The program has six awards, with a total prize pool of $140,000, which assist winners to receive professional support and expertise to commercialise their innovations. This includes a prize of $70,000 for the Overall Winner.


    Finalists receive business commercialisation training to help take their ideas to the next level, including pitch presentation skills, mentoring and legal and financial support. They will also receive professional photos and a promotional video of their innovation, explaining their idea.


    The 2022 WA Innovator of the Year program is funded under the $16.7 million New Industries Fund and supported by primary sponsor Rio Tinto.


    Program sponsors include Woodside, Wesfarmers, Business News, Wrays, Griffith Hack, Biodesign Australia, CERI, Moore Australia, Murfett Legal and PwC.


    Applications open on May 3 and close on May 31. Click here to find out more information about the 2022 WA Innovator of the Year program.


    Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Stephen Dawson:


    "The 2022 WA Innovator of the Year program provides a platform for the State's brightest technology minds to transform an idea into a real business.


    "Finalists receive professional support to help commercialise a product, service or technology that can benefit WA by creating jobs and helping diversify our economy.


    "This is an exciting opportunity that can help nurture innovation across WA and I strongly encourage applications for this rewarding program."


    "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting home-grown innovators to ensure world-leading innovation is created in WA and shared and celebrated across the globe."


    Minister's office - 6552 5800