The search has begun for the 2022 Western Australian Innovator of the 12 months (WAIOTY), with an occasion held on Tuesday at Fraser’s Restaurant to commemorate the occasion.
MC’d by Charlie Gunningham from the Division of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI), the occasion featured an handle from Innovation Minister Stephen Dawson and a panel with previous WAIOTY winners Julie Adams ([email protected]), Tom Younger (Udrew), Andrew Guzzomi (Seed Flamer, Weed Chipper – UWA), Professor Sue Fletcher (PYC Therapeutics), and Heidi Edwards from main sponsor, Rio Tinto.
This system is designed to recognise and reward the brightest expertise within the state for creating rising new merchandise, or providers and know-how which can be within the early phases of improvement.
The awards are business agnostic, as was proven final yr, when medtech units and life sciences took away awards alongside the Roofus instrument gadget for tradies.
Prize Cash price $140K
This system was established in 2006, with Imaginative and prescient Pharma named the general winner last year for creating therapy for inherited retinal illnesses.
This system has six awards, with the prize pool totalling $140,000. The funds are designed to help winners with receiving skilled assist and experience to be able to commercialise their improvements.
The general winner receives a prize of $70,000.
All finalists additionally obtain free commercialisation coaching workshops to help with taking their concepts to the following stage, which incorporates pitch presentation abilities, mentoring, and monetary and authorized assist. This yr a particular workshop on the best way to put collectively and handle a board has been added.
Moreover, finalists obtain skilled photographs and even a promotional video of their innovation.
Minister Dawson stated this system is a part of the state authorities’s dedication to supporting home-grown innovators.
“The 2022 WA Innovator of the 12 months program supplies a platform for the State’s brightest know-how minds to remodel an concept into an actual enterprise,” stated Mr Dawson.
“That is an thrilling alternative that may assist nurture innovation throughout WA and I strongly encourage functions for this rewarding program.”
This system is funded below JTSI’s New Industries Fund, with Rio Tinto as major sponsor. Woodside, Wesfarmers, Enterprise Information, Wrays, Griffith Hack, Biodesign Australia, CERI, Moore Australia, Murfett Authorized and PwC additionally sponsor this system.
Purposes are now open, with 31 Might the time limit.
Winners shall be introduced on Mon 5 December at an awards night time – additionally at Fraser’s – as a part of this yr’s West Tech Fest.