Inventors and innovators have three weeks left to enter their creations into this year’s Bendigo Inventor Awards.
This year, the awards have expanded into new categories: environmental sustainability, health, agriculture and an open category.
Previous years have seen the awards focus on inventions in the emergency services and disaster management sphere.
“Opening up the categories into new areas, allows a greater diversity in the entries we are receiving,” awards director David Hughes said.
“The categories reflect Bendigo’s business concerns which include corporate, industrial, health and agricultural sectors.”
The overall winner will of the awards will take out a top prize of $5000 and a place in La Trobe University’s Accelerator program.
The 12-week program aims to help people accelerate the development of their start-ups, and offers the opportunity of up to $20,000 in equity-free funding.
The Inventor Awards will also have prizes for each category.
Engineers Australia and KPMG will provide feedback on the inventions of shortlisted entrants, who will also have the opportunity to network with potential investors and other valuable contacts.
One entrant from last year, Dylan Kendall from Zirkarta, did not win any awards, but went on to the Accelerator program and came away with the $20,000 in funding.
He credited the awards program for supporting and promoting his invention.
This year, the awards are a feature event of the inaugural Bendigo Invention and Innovation Festival, which will take place from September 3 to September 9.
Award entries will close 9am Monday, July 23.
For more information or to submit an entry, visit www.bendigoinventorawards.com.au.