9 / October / 2018

$5k grand prize for bright ideas


Posted 9 October 2018


Are you a business or sole trader who has launched an innovative new product, process or service? This is your chance to share in a total $30,000 prize money as part of the 2018 Moreton Bay Region Business Excellence & Innovation Awards.

This year, the winner of the Telstra Innovation Excellence Award receives a grand total of $5,000 cash as well as a trophy and business recognition, while $500 Is up for grabs in each of the other innovation categories.

Nominations are now open across the 12 award categories, including four exciting innovation categories.

  • Telstra Innovation Excellence Award – This Award recognises an outstanding business, sole trader or organisation within the Moreton Bay Region that has developed a new innovative product, process or service that shows significant advances in terms of innovation and improvement. Winner to receive $5,000 cash and trophy, finalists $2,500 cash.
  • Think2Be Young Innovation Excellence Award – Open to people aged 18 years and younger that live or study in the Moreton Bay Region. Winner to receive $500 and trophy.
  • Successful Start-Up Award – Recognising new start-up businesses and sole traders that have commenced operations in the last three years. Winner receives $500 cash and trophy.
  • USC Young Entrepreneur Excellence Award – This Award will recognise an inspirational young person aged between 18-35 years who, through their own commitment and passion, has built and operates a successful business within the Moreton Bay Region. Winner receives $500 cash and trophy.

Proudly presented by Moreton Bay Regional Council and Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT), the awards aim to support commercialisation, business development, innovation and collaboration in the Moreton Bay Region.

Two major award categories are on offer, where winners will take home $5,000 each: Moreton Bay Regional Council Business of the Year and SRJ Walker Wayland Community Group of the Year.

2017 winners take to the stage at Eatons Hill Hotel

Big rewards for bright ideas

Fostering innovation, new business ideas, and giving start-ups and young entrepreneurs a much-needed boost is central to the Awards Program.

The increased prize money for the innovation categories is thanks to Advance Queensland’s Advancing Regional Innovation Program (ARIP) delivered under Innovate Moreton Bay.

MBRIT CEO Shane Newcombe says that with the bigger cash bonus, there’s now even more reasons to enter, from mum and dad businesses and not-for-profits, to startups and students.

“We received such a high calibre of entries last year, and we look forward to seeing yet another competitive field of standout businesses this time around,” Mr Newcombe said.

“The awards shine a light on the accomplishments of our home-grown heroes who are driving a billion-dollar tourism economy and continued growth of the region, and we invite everyone to get on board and help showcase the best in business and industry.”

Moreton Bay Region Mayor Allan Sutherland said more than 100 applications were received last year, demonstrating the strength of the Moreton Bay Region’s economy - which has rated as one of the fastest growing in Queensland.

“I was blown away last year by the calibre of entries and astounded by the ways in which local businesses are pushing boundaries to find a competitive edge locally, nationally and even on the international stage,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“It gives me great confidence in our region’s growing economy to know that local businesses and entrepreneurs are coming up with new and innovative ideas to change the way we live and work.”

One of this year’s Judges, founder and start-up mentor Mike Smith, says the applications that stand out in the innovation categories will be those that have a big vision and big ideas.

“We are looking for businesses that have huge ambition; I mean the ones thinking out of our local market and who want to be on the world stage,” he said. “People who are creating those businesses that can create change on a massive scale.”

How to enter

Are you ready to enter and start your awards journey? For a full list of award categories, eligibility and nomination criteria, head to the official awards website and download an application form today. Submit your completed submission to entries@mbrit.com.au by 5.00pm, 26 October, 2018. Finalists will be announced by email on 5 November, 2018.

Gala Awards

Secure your seat to the biggest celebration of the year!

Celebrate the achievements of businesses throughout the Moreton Bay Region at the Gala Awards Event on Friday, 30 November at Eatons Hill Hotel. Mark it in your calendars - tickets available soon.