Entries received by 9am Monday 15 July will also have the opportunity to attend a 4 day La Trobe University Accelerator Program Primer Bootcamp. The Bootcamp provides intensive training and individualised coaching designed to help you establish or scale your business.
With corporate values around innovation and environmental responsibility, Mandalay resources are a perfect fit as our Environmental Sustainability Category Partner. Your invention or innovation might create more efficient ways of generating renewable energy, help reduce waste, improve recycling efficiency, reduce water consumption or something else that has the potential to improve the quality of our environment.
With a new state-of-the-art hospital recently opened and a new Health Accelerator launching later this year, we are excited to work with Bendigo Health once again to offer a prize for innovation in Health. If you have an invention or innovation that has the potential to improve health, how it is diagnosed or the way it is managed, then we want to hear from you.
La Trobe University shares a passion for fostering inventiveness, innovation and creativity in regional Victoria, evidenced by a regional accelerator program that recognises local talent and supports people to take their startup ideas through to the next stage. The Open category is for inventions and innovations that do not fall within the other categories.
We are extremely fortunate to have our new Tech School in Bendigo, enabling our youth to develop the advanced STEAM knowledge and skills and entrepreneurial mindset that Victoria school students need to flourish in the rapidly changing global economy. The Youth category is open to any inventions or innovations from people under the age of 18.
Our judges bring with them extensive experience in patent law, engineering, industrial design and business development, ensuring a high calibre of assessment for our entries.
Craig has a primary Telecommunications and Systems Engineering focus, refined through many years of varied R&D activities.
Cerasela is Director of the La Trobe University Accelerator Program. Cerasela has years of experience working in universities’ incubators as a senior manager, as well as holding several senior management positions at ESSEC Business School in Paris...
Principal at Wadeson Patent Attorneys. Ben is a patent expert with real-world experience as an engineer in manufacturing. He is a registered patent attorney in Australia and New Zealand, has a Master of Intellectual Property Law from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Engineering (1st Class Hons) and Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University.
The Be.Bendigo Invention + Innovation Awards has uncovered many interesting and exciting inventions over the years. Many of these have gone on to further success, including global sales of their product. Find out more about our major winners below.
Mike impressed the inventor award judges with his revolutionary, reusable safety mask. It’s made of felted alpaca wool and acts as a safe ventilation mask for fire fighters. Since development the product has been adopted for a host of other purposes, such as protecting builders, miners, wood turners, farmers and asthmatics from dust and allergens.
Steve won the 2012 Bendigo Inventor Awards for his innovative development of the Freedom Design or Ponte. This invention is an alternative for current water bottles used on bicycles. The system is suitable for road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids and pedelecs.
Max’s idea was for a tool that checks a bicycle’s wheel alignment. “I came up with the idea because there was a need in the group I ride in and there was no tool to do the job,” he says.
When bushfire bears down on an area, deciding whether to stay or go can be the most difficult decision anyone can make. Alvin Clausen wanted to make it at least a little easier to protect the house when disaster strikes so devised a way for fire protection to continue after you decide to leave.
Danyon Boyd from Bundeena NSW took out the 2015 Bendigo Inventor Awards $10,000 prize with his Habitat Community Starter Kit.Natural disasters occur all year round on a regular basis leaving many people homeless and vulnerable.
Michael Giglio came up with the idea for EVITA while waiting for the school bus. “Our local fire station is next to the bus stop – while waiting I have seen many examples of traffic driving past the fire engine while it is trying to get from the fire station onto the road,” he said.
The winner of the Agriculture category and overall inventor of the year was awarded to Joel Rockes for AgriNous, real time livestock processing software.“It digitises the transaction process of livestock from farm through to stock agents, all the way through to meat buyers and processors,” Mr Rockes said.