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UNSW Innovator of the Year Award 2016

UNSW Innovation Awards 2016

Rewarding ideas that change the world!

The UNSW Innovation Awards celebrate the diversity and value of innovation originating from UNSW staff, alumni and students.

2014 UNSW Innovation Awards
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Competition is Now Open! 

Entries welcome from all Staff and Students

$20,000 in prizes!

The two prize categories are:

UNSW Innovator of the Year Award

The UNSW Innovator of the Year Award 2016 recognises ideas along every stage of the innovation path, through early and advanced stages, to fully developed products with commercial applications.

This award will be presented to a team or individual that is best in demonstrating that their research discovery has the potential to benefit society. 

Total prize value, $10,000.00

Do you know a researcher thatis eligible for this award?  Please feel free to send us your nomination and we’ll also encourage them to enter.  
Nominate a researcher!
Email Tom Dobbie


UNSW Entrepreneur of the Year Award 

This award is to recognise and celebrate the best talent in student and alumni entrepreneurship!

The award will be presented to a UNSW student or alumni who has demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit in the development of innovative products, services or technologies of commercial potential that will benefit society.   

 Apply now for your chance to win this prestigious award!

Total prize value, $10,000.00 

and includes a one-year membership in the prestigious CEO Institute plus $5,000 cash!

Hurry, applications close Friday 4 November 2016

Entry Forms and Selection Criteria (link)
(consider doing entry form and selection criteria on one form instead of two)


Key Dates and Deadlines



Awards entries and nominations open

Tuesday, 4 October


Entries close

Thursday, 3 November


Review and Judging
8 - 11 November


Registrations for UNSW Innovations Awards Event

11 November


UNSW Innovations Awards
25 November 2016



Review and selection process
A panel of five experts will be the judging and selection committee.

Submission by email to

Please ensure your email includes your completed entry form.

The deadline for entries is midnight 4 November 2016.

 Winners: The UNSW Innovation Awards will be announced at the

UNSW Innovations Summit2016 to be held on 25 November 2016
at Westin Sydney, at 5 pm.

The UNSW Innovation Summit brings together industry, government and research leaders from across Australia to discuss what it takes for Australia to maximise its impact on the world through innovation. The Showcase highlights some of UNSW's leading technologies, research groups and impact partnerships.

The winners will be presented with prize money and a trophy on the night of celebrations.

All entrants to the competition are invited to attend the UNSW Innovations Summit evening event at the Westin Hotel, Sydney by registering for the event.

Award Event: Entrants please register and RSVP here by 11 November. 

(Photos here of past events)

The UNSW Innovation Awards, proudly hosted by UNSW Innovations since 2009.


UNSW offers opportunities for potential and existing partners to engage and participate in an exciting and diverse range of projects. 

With 290 active commercial partnerships, our partners are valuable at all stages of the innovation process, from supporting the early research to helping commercialise research outcomes.

UNSW Sydney collaborates with partner institutions around the world to jointly market and license innovative technologies. Here's some technologies available for licensing by our partners through the PLuS Alliance.

We face massive global challenges. Universities need to share knowledge and work together to solve them. By combining the talent and resources of Arizona State University, Kings College London and UNSW Sydney our PLuS Alliance will be better equipped than a single institution to contribute to a sustainable future. Find out more > 

UNSW Innovations is doing an amazing job at engaging with student entrepreneurs and helping them reach out to the market.
NSi has facilitated partnerships with industry to enable researchers to engage with industry to develop cutting edge ideas into reality. This partnership with NSi is all about converting passion and possibility into reality.
The success of our business was due in no small part to UNSW Innovations’ involvement.
UNSW has been a catalyst for our entrepreneurial ambitions.

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