The WA Innovator of the Year (IOTY) is an initiative funded under the New Industries Fund. The Western Australian Government is committed to raising the profile of innovation in Western Australia and supporting the delivery of government initiatives to advance the growth of the State’s innovation based industries.

The WA Innovator of the Year (IOTY) program has showcased innovative and entrepreneurial individuals, businesses and creative minds since 2006. The program has benefited many of those who have participated as well as the broader community of Western Australia.

The WA Innovator of the Year program is a valuable initiative which provides support to innovators and entrepreneurs across our State. It builds capability through commercialisation training and mentoring as well as acknowledging, showcasing and awarding eligible innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses and young creative minds.

Application in 2018 is online via the IOTY Applications Platform:

Applications open: Wednesday 2 May 2018 at 9am AWST

Applications close: Monday 4 June 2018 at 11am AWST

Note: You will not be able to access the IOTY Applications Platform until applications open on 2 May 2018.

Winners for the 2017 WA innovator of the Year program were announced on 1 November 2017.

2018 WA Innovator of the Year program details

Young Innovator of the Year

The Innovator of the Year and Just Start It programs have formed a collaboration to identify a Young Innovator of the Year Award recipient.  Teams participating in Just Start It will have the opportunity to apply for the Young Innovator of the Year.  Details will be made available to participating teams through the Just Start It program.

Thank you to the 2018 Innovator of the Year program sponsors:

Principal Sponsor


Encouragement Award Sponsors

   DXC Technology

Gold Sponsors

Business News         iPREP-Final-CMYK

Silver Sponsors

MurfettLegal_Logo_Stacked_PMS540    EnterpriseFirst_logo_small

Watermark             WRAYS_logo


Promoting the Program

For further information:

Penny Harker
Program Manager, Science and Innovation, 
Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation

(08) 9222 0749   

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