CATEGORIES & CRITERIA

PRODUCT AWARDS

Recognising the creation or commercialisation of an innovative PRODUCT that benefits business and / or broader community.

Best Pipeline Product Award

Aimed at: applicants in the early stages of development (patented or not patented)

Recognising: An innovative product that has the potential to deliver benefit to business and / or the broader community.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • the type, nature and complexity of the innovation;
  • the process for developing and implementing the innovation;
  • the parties involved in developing and implementing the innovation and extent of external assistance;
  • timeframe for planning and implementation;
  • benefits to the business from developing the innovation; and
  • benefits to the local, regional, state or national economy and broader community through the introduction of the innovation.

Best Proven Product Award

Aimed at: applicants in the later stages of development (product on the market, available to users and/or an existing customer base). 

Recognising: An innovative product that is delivering benefit to business and / or the broader community.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • the type, nature and complexity of the innovation;
  • the process for developing and implementing the innovation;
  • the parties involved in developing and implementing the innovation and extent of external assistance;
  • timeframe for planning and implementation;
  • benefits to the business from developing the innovation;
  • benefits to the local, regional, state or national economy and broader community through the introduction of the innovation; 
  • the implementation of sustainable business practices; and
  • potential for the business to be successful and sustainable in the longer term.

PROCESS AWARDS

Recognising the creation or commercialisation of an innovative PROCESS that benefits business and / or broader community.

Best Pipeline Process Award

Aimed at: applicants in the early stages of development (process or service still at scoping or testing phase). 

Recognising: an innovative process or service that has the potential to deliver benefit to business and / or the broader community.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • the type, nature and complexity of the innovation;
  • the process for developing and implementing the innovation;
  • the parties involved in developing and implementing the innovation and extent of external assistance;
  • timeframe for planning and implementation;
  • benefits to the business from developing the innovation; and
  • benefits to the local, regional, state or national economy and broader community through the introduction of the innovation.

Best Proven Process Award

Aimed at: applicants in the later stages of development (process or service on the market or actively in use). 

Recognising: an innovative process or service that is delivering benefit to business and / or the broader community.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • the type, nature and complexity of the innovation;
  • the process for developing and implementing the innovation;
  • the parties involved in developing and implementing the innovation and extent of external assistance;
  • timeframe for planning and implementation;
  • benefits to the business from developing the innovation;
  • benefits to the local, regional, state or national economy and broader community through the introduction of the innovation; 
  • the implementation of sustainable business practices; and
  • potential for the business to be successful and sustainable in the longer term.

SPECIALITY AWARDS

In addition to entering a PRODUCT or PROCESS award, applicants can nominate to be considered for a speciality award.  The speciality awards can only be entered in conjunction with either a PRODUCT or PROCESS entry.

Eco Innovation Award

Aimed at: applicants in any stage of development. 

Recognising: the creation or commercialisation of an innovative product, process or service that delivers specific environmental and sustainability benefits.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • the type, nature and complexity of the innovation; and
  • the impact of the environment or sustainable benefits (potential or realised).

Indigenous Innovation Award

Aimed at: applicants in any stage of development. 

Recognising: the creation or commercialisation of an innovative product, process or service by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation or individual.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • the type, nature and complexity of the innovation; and
  • the parties involved in developing and implementing the innovation and extent of external assistance.

INSPIRATION AWARDS

All entrants will automatically be considered for the People's Choice and Mayor's Inspire Award.  Only entrants in either a PRODUCT or PROCESS award will be eligible for consideration for an Inspiration Award.

People's Choice Award

Awarded to recognise a product, process or service based on votes by the general public.

Mayor's Inspire Award

Awarded by the Mayor to recognise a product, process or service that stands out due to quality of concept or implementation.

 

Innovations can be at any stage of development including idea, concept, commercialisation or realisation.  If innovation is already realised, this must have taken place no more than 5 years ago.