May be time to enter these programs…


// Due to COVID-19, some program deadlines have been extended into next month. May these 4 be with you…

Awards programs can be a great way to put your head above the parapet, galvanise the team and get some much-needed promotion and industry pats on the back.

Here are 3 such programs that are all closing their nomination doors soon, in May, some of which have been extended…

  • Premier’s Science Awards – ceremony (lodging period extended to May 27)
  • Australian Financial Review (AFR) Most Innovative Companies – nominations (closing date extended to May 8)
  • Australian Technologies Competition – entries (opened on April 2, accepting entries until May 8)

In addition, Springboard’s E3 program for early stage female founder businesses is open, with applications closing May 8th. The program runs in Perth in July this year. See below for more info.

Notice how 3 of them close on May 8th… so we may not say ‘May the Fourth be with you’ (which of course is Star Wars day), but may the 8th be with you. 🤩


The Premier’s Science Awards is a State Government initiative which recognises and celebrates outstanding scientific research and engagement taking place in the state.

The Awards cover all fields of science, including natural, medical, applied and technological science, engineering and mathematics.

WA Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation

In addition, inductees who are recognised at the presentations for making lifelong contributions to science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) become apart of the WA Science Hall of Fame.

Awards winners, 2019

However, in response to COVID-19, one of the measures taken by the Australian Government has affected this year’s Premier’s Science Awards ceremony: the announcement that all non-essential gatherings of more than 100 people have been suspended from March 18.

As a result, modifications have had to be made for the ceremony which was initially scheduled in August. Alternatives, such as delaying the event or holding it online, are being considered.

In light of these new circumstances, the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation will be adopting an online nomination process for both the Premier Science Awards and the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame.

To allow additional time for applications, the lodging period has been extended 4 weeks to Wednesday May 27 2020 at 10am AWST.

For now, it is advised that you may wish to download the various application forms (which will replicate the hard copy-based applications) available here.

The form for this year’s nominees to be inducted into the WA Science Hall of Fame is available here.

For any specific queries, please contact or phone 6277 2880. Another update will be provided towards the end of the month.


In times of crisis, innovation is even more critical. The Australian Financial Review is proud to celebrate companies shaking up industry standards. If your business is turning inspiration into innovation, it’s time to be recognised in the 2020 Most Innovative Companies list.

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Nominations are available for most innovative companies in the following industries:

  • Agriculture, Mining & Utilities
  • Government, Education & NFP
  • Manufacturing and Consumer Goods
  • Professional Services
  • Retail, Hospitality, Tourism & Entertainment
  • Banking, Superannuation & Financial Services
  • Health Industries
  • Media and Marketing
  • Property, Construction & Transport
  • Technology

Nominations originally were closing on April 24, but have now been extended to May 8.

For more information, please visit their website available here.


The Australian Technologies Competition (ATC) is now open!

Enter Australia’s leading tech competition and late stage accelerator, shortlisting homegrown tech-based scaleups with the greatest global potential. Here’s your chance to showcase your technology and solution that solves the challenges of our times – health, supply chains, food security, climate change, cyber security, emergencies and more.

In an all virtual format this year due to COVID-19, the competition opened on April 2, and is accepting entries until May 8.

Scaleups in particular have no doubt struggled during this difficult time during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We hope it will help them to accelerate out of this COVID period, as a result of our mentoring, the industry and investor connections they get and the strengthening of value propositions and business plans that occurs. 

Patrick Mooney, organiser of the ATC 2020

Here are some key points you should know about the competition:

  • It is FREE to enter.
  • Including two new categories in 2020: Space and Disaster & Emergency Tech.
  • The Online Entry Form takes 20-30 minutes to complete.

For more information, please visit the 2020 ATC website, available here.

Springboard’s E3 Program

Following the success of the SBE by Springboard Enterprises programs SBE Australia created an earlier stage program the E3 program.

Named E3 as it aims to Empower, Evolve and Escalate women-led technology of life sciences businesses.

The program is designed as a hands-on learning experience, facilitated by industry leaders. Throughout the program, participants uncover powerful strategies and gain valuable connections working alongside other female founders and leaders who share their challenges, and who are at a similar stage of growth. 

The program provides the opportunity for female founders to pitch weekly to a range of mentors, investors and industry leaders, receiving real-time feedback and opportunities for growth, as well as networking. 

SBE is bringing this program to Perth with a program set to commence in July. The program will comprise of 2 x 2 hour weekly sessions, that for the foreseeable future, will be held virtually, making  the program incredibly accessible and convenient.  The virtual format also enables  us to draw on our national and international pool of experts to join us in the Perth program. 

The July program will be facilitated by Mary Minas. An entrepreneur herself, Mary is also a film producer, associate of SPARK Deakin and founder of Sense of Self. 

Applications are NOW OPEN for the next intake of E3 Perth – you can apply here if you’re interestedApplications will close on May 8th 2020.


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