Congratulations to the finalists and winners of the Western Australia Innovator of the Year Awards 2015

The WA Innovator of the Year program showcases innovative and entrepreneurial individuals, businesses and creative minds. Commencing in 2006, the program has benefitted many of those who have participated as well as the broader community of Western Australia.

The WA Innovator of the Year Program, delivered through the Department of Commerce of the Western Australia state government, is a valuable initiative providing support to innovators and entrepreneurs across Western Australia.

The WA Innovator of the Year program aims to:

  • promote and acknowledge the success of Western Australian innovators;
  • encourage co-support from industry for promotional activities;
  • activate and strengthen industry-government research collaborations; and
  • engage communities throughout Western Australian regions in innovation.

Watermark is proud to be a sponsor of the Innovator of the Year program, and has supported the program since its inception in 2006. Watermark actively supported the program by presenting at intellectual property awareness seminars for applicants, by providing voluntary judges for the initial and final rounds of judging, and providing financial sponsorship.

The WA Innovator of the Year program goes beyond traditional awards programs by providing pitch training and media training to all finalists, and the final round of judging includes a pitch presentation to the final round judges. The 8 finalists also have a media video created to present their innovative project, product or service and team. Each of the finalist media videos is shown to the 250 strong audience at the awards presentation luncheon, and is provided to each respective finalist for them to use to promote their business.

The 2015 awards luncheon was attended by many dignitaries, including the Governor of Western Her Excellency the Honourable Australia Kerry Sanderson AO, Cynthia Griffin Consul General of the USA to Western Australia, Masanobu Yoshii Consul General of Japan to Western Australia, Dr. Barry Marshall AC Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine, and Dr. Fiona Wood AM who is also the patron for the WA Innovator of the Year Awards.

The Innovator of the Year program is open to applications across all technologies, all areas of industry and commerce, and all sizes of business having at least a registered ABN. There are two main award categories, the Emerging category for applicants that have not commercialised their innovation, and a Growth category for applicants that have already commercialised their innovation at the time of making the application. The program awards $25,000 to the winner of each of the categories, and $75,000 to the overall winner chosen from across both categories.

As the premier sponsor, Mitsubishi Corporation has been a stalwart supporter of the WA Innovator of the Year awards program for many years. The award for the overall winner and the awards in the Emerging and Growth categories are named after Mitsubishi Corporation in recognition of such greatly valued support.

The winners for the 2015 Mitsubishi Corporation WA Innovator of the Year program:

Mitsubishi Corporation WA Innovator of the Year Overall Winner

Trackem Pty Ltd – Track’em

A cloud-based asset tracking and management software, using a unique combination of barcode, global positioning system and radio frequency identification technologies to track and manage the location of assets, equipment and construction materials.

Mitsubishi Corporation Emerging Innovation Category Winner

Newton Laboratories Pty Ltd – Rock detection system

A vibration-sensor device mounted on mining trucks that measures and processes signals from various vibrations, alerting operators to oversize rocks that can then be diverted to prevent crusher downtime and lost production.

Mitsubishi Corporation Growth Category Winner

Scancam Industries Pty Ltd – Smart fuel security

A real-time integrated system incorporating high resolution video and still cameras, facial and number plate recognition and police database reporting to prevent fuel theft.

Woodside Oil and Gas Encouragement Award

The University of Western Australia – Separating nitrogen from natural gas sources

A novel method of separating natural gases (eg methane) from nitrogen, process necessary for all forms of natural gas production prior to use and distribution.

Perth Convention Bureau 2015 WA Innovator of the Year – Travel Award Winner

The University of Western Australia – Separating nitrogen from natural gas sources

A novel method of separating natural gases (eg methane) from nitrogen, a process necessary for all forms of natural gas production prior to use and distribution.

Particular congratulations to Watermark clients Trackem Pty Ltd (Emerging category finalist and overall winner) and Scancam Industries Pty Ltd (Growth category winner). We wish them every success in bringing their products and services to global market.

Watermark is proud to provide intellectual property services and business advice to applicants. It is very rewarding when clients ultimately progress through the judging phases to become finalists, and ultimately award winners in the Innovator of the Year program.

We look forward the supporting and celebrating the 10th anniversary year of the Innovator of the Year program in 2016. Look for the launch and opening for applications in April 2016.

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