The Bendigo Inventor's Award began in 2010 with Terry Hunter's unique formula for gluten-free bread taking out the inaugural award.
For years later it is as popular as ever with entries coming in from all over the state as well as interstate and even internationally.
About 100 entries came in for this year's award.
"I think it's slightly improved (this year) but it usually about that number most years," judge Gordon McKern said.
"This time, from all over Victoria, interstate and even internationally. So word is spreading.
"Our goal is to get Bendigo recognised as a place of innovation."
Mr McKern said if it also generate employment it would be a bonus but the focus was on the inventions.
He said there was always a lot of support from the council and the award's sponsors.
"The whole thing runs on people who are prepared to donate time to this," he said.