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// // If you missed Plus Eight or the (WAITTA) Incite Awards, have no fear, there is plenty more to apply for …

If you missed Plus Eight or the (WAITTA) Incite Awards, or they were not for you, have no fear brave WA startups and innovatory types, there is plenty more to look forward to…

  • 2021 WA Innovator of the Year program launched on Tuesday (Prize pool $140K)
  • Curtinnovation Awards are open (Prize pool $100k)
  • SBE’s Evolve 8-week program is open for women entrepreneurs
  • Slipstream Startup Accelerator is a new program for startups registered in WA, NT and Qld
  • 2021 Premier’s Science Awards is also open
  • Australian Tech Competition is on again
  • Climate Launchpad is looking for West Aussie entrants (prizes up to $50K)

Have we missed anything? Probably, but here’s the deets …

2021 WA Innovator of the Year program

At the usual launch breakfast up at Fraser’s Tuesday morning, the who’s who of Perth’s innovation scene were there, as the WA Innovator of the Year program was launched. This year, new sponsor Wesfarmers are introducing the ‘Wesfarmers Wellbeing Award’ award for the best idea, tech, service or product that promotes well-being. $140K of prizes available.

Entries are open now, and close 10 May.

Go to the JTSI New Industries Fund website for more information, to apply>

Curtinnovation Awards

These annual awards are open to the general public for only the second time and are for anyone with a vision for an exciting new product or service, which they can develop in collaboration with Curtin University.

Applicants who submit an idea can win a share of a prize pool valued at up to $100,000, and the opportunity to connect with Western Australia’s research, business and investor community.

In addition to cash prizes, this year’s prize pool includes scholarships to the Curtin Ignition and Curtin Accelerate programs valued at up to $3,250 and $5,000 respectively.

Applications are open to Curtin staff, current and prospective students, as well as current and prospective industry collaborators and close on 11 June 2021. Winners will be announced in September.

Further information on the Curtinnovation Awards can be found online here >>


The Slipstream Startup Accelerator is a funded accelerator to the tune of up to $20,000. For startups registered in Qld, WA or NT, click the link below to check out more info and the T&Cs for the program.

For more, contact: Tristan Senycia, Business Station.
T: 08 9398 6333 | E: [email protected]

2021 Premier’s Science Awards

The 2021 Premier’s Science Awards are also open for applications. The Premier’s Science Awards recognise and celebrate the research, study and engagement achievements of the Western Australian science community across all fields of science, including natural, medical, applied and technological science, engineering and mathematics.

The WA Science Hall of Fame was established in 2007 to recognise exceptional lifelong contributions from Western Australians to science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Western Australians who are pre-eminent in their field should be considered for induction into the WA Science Hall of Fame.

We encourage you to share Premier’s Science Awards Toolkit. Further information can be found on the Premier’s Science Awards and WA Science Hall of Fame webpages.

Nominations close at 10am AWST on Monday 17 May 2021

Springboard (SBE) Evolve Program

SBE’s Evolve is an 8-week program for Women Entrepreneurs. Join an exclusive network of women entrepreneurs and learn how to grow your business in a way that’s sustainable, scalable, and most importantly, successful.

Apply for the upcoming SBE Evolve, which will be based out of Perth, although a hybrid model, meaning weeks 1 and 7 will be face to face in WA, and the rest will be virtual. SBE Australia is a not-for-profit that runs leading accelerator programs for all stages of business, supporting women from the ideation stage, through to start-up and scale-up stages of business.

SBE is currently recruiting for women based in WA who are interested in taking their business to the next level. The program will run from the week starting the 7th of June 2021.

Applications close early May 2021, so apply NOW >>

Multiple programs open for applications

The Australian Tech Competition

Applications to this national tech competition are open now >>

Climate Launchpad

ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s biggest clean tech and green business ideas competition, run by the European Union’s Climate Innovation Initiative.

This year, there’s a new prize – a $50,000 development grant for the best “emerging tech” idea. The program includes a 3-day bootcamp, training and mentoring, and applications are now open and close on April 22. Participation in the program is free of charge.

For more and to apply, go here >>


Good luck all! 😎👍

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Charlie Gunningham

Former co-founder, GM, CEO Business News and Accelerating Commercialisation adviser. Charlie has spent 20+ years in Perth's startup scene, as founder, mentor, adviser, writer and investor. There's nothing he likes more than helping early stage tech startups ... and drinking coffee, shiraz or playing in a blues band. Email Charlie here.
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