MORE than 300 people attended Friday night's Bendigo Inventor of the Year gala ceremony at The Capital.
City of Greater Bendigo business innovation officer Dawn Holland said about 100 entries were received this year.
"The standard was very high this year," she said.
"A lot of people passed the ideas stage ... there was a very impressive line up from local, Victorian, national and we even had international.
"We have a representative on behalf of our Italian submission here."
Axe Creek resident Max Kettle was awarded the Bendigo Inventor of the Year prize for his Bicycle Laser Alignment Tool invention.
"It is such a simple idea that is available for motor vehicles but not for bicycles," Ms Holland said.
"It's a very innovative application to a very popular national and international sport."
Ms Holland said organisers were already planning next year's Bendigo Inventor of the Year event.
"We're more than happy to talk to any interested sponsors."
Other category winners for this year's awards included: Peter Boulton from Heyfield and his R.A.T Barrow for the agriculture and environmental sustainability category; Maria Meister for her ONB Analytics for the international category; Jarrod Robinson and his Easy Portfolio for the digital category; Saylow Enterprises and Enviro Gold for the emerging invention.
Other category winners were: Tristan Brega with Deep Breath for the health and education category; Livinia Douglass with Livi's Knuckle Stop Lock for the youth primary category; and Katie Wilson with Grid Gardening for the youth secondary category.
Ms Holland said Bendigo was growing its reputation as an innovative regional city where ideas were born, supported, nurtured and realised.
“The Bendigo Inventor Awards are a fantastic local initiative ... these ideas can result in economic benefits,” Ms Holland said.