Awards Program attracts worldwide interest

The winner of the Bendigo Inventor Awards 2017 will be announced from 6pm on Monday 13th November at The Capital Theatre in Bendigo.

Entries to the Bendigo Inventors Awards for 2017 have now closed, with entries being received from around the world, including from USA, India, Malaysia and PNG.

Project Director David Hughes said the result is an indication of Bendigo’s growing reputation as an innovative regional city.

“Bendigo has all the elements for innovative ideas to thrive, and people are starting to realise that. A supportive business community that encourages innovative ideas, world-class education providers, access to co-working spaces. The fact that the City of Greater Bendigo established the Bendigo Inventor Awards 7 years ago is a testament to the innovative culture that exists in Bendigo.”

In 2016 the City of Greater Bendigo handed responsibility for hosting the Bendigo Inventor Awards to Be.Bendigo, with the aim of extending the reach of the program. Mr Hughes said this year’s result validated the City of Greater Bendigo’s decision.

“One of the City’s economic development strategies is to take Bendigo to the world, and strengthen Bendigo’s reputation as a city that welcomes innovation as a key driver of economic growth. By attracting entries from around the world Be.Bendigo, through the Bendigo Inventor Awards, is doing just that.”

The City of Greater Bendigo remain as major sponsors of the program, along with KPMG, Engineers Australia, Red Cross and La Trobe University who lead a growing list of organisations that are seeing the value in supporting a regional program that promotes invention and innovation. A recent study by the Regional Australia Institute states:  “Regional Australia is becoming a major driver of economic output and productivity growth (and) innovation in regions will be crucial to embrace this cultural shift.  Innovation will be the major driver of any productivity growth.”  

“The Bendigo Inventor Awards is working to put Bendigo firmly on the global innovation map, and attract attention and investment from dynamic and innovative businesses and individuals to our city.” said Mr Hughes.

The winner of the Bendigo Inventor Awards 2017 will be announced from 6pm on Monday 13th November at The Capital Theatre in Bendigo. The free event will also include selected inventors showcasing their inventions from 4pm. If you have an invention you would like to showcase at the event, contact David Hughes at dhughes@bebendigo.com.au.

To register for the event click here.


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