No PHD, No Worries MBRC Innovation Awards

Time is running out to get your entry in for the second annual Moreton Bay Innovation Awards and stake your claim for the $10,000 major prize, with entries closing at the end of October.


Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Division Eleven Councillor Darren Grimwade won the Queensland Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2008, and said initiatives like the Moreton Bay Innovation Awards could open up great opportunities for those who put their ideas forward.


“I can’t recommend this enough to innovators and entrepreneurs who want to get some money-can’t-buy exposure, because exposure is essential to growing an idea or concept into strong and sustainable business venture,” Councillor Grimwade said. 


“Your innovation doesn’t have to be complicated, it just needs to be a fresh new concept, product or process that makes life easier! You don’t have to be a physicist, a tech genius or have a PHD to be a successful innovator and your invention doesn’t need to involve rocket science. Everyday people can come up with extraordinary ideas that have the potential to change the world, the office, the home, or even the classroom, in some way!”


“After all, someone evented the peg, the pen and the wheel - all simple inventions that have changed the world.”


“I won the Queensland Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the business model at my Pizza stores. I think most people probably don’t realise an entrepreneurial business model can be considered an ‘innovation’. You might be surprised what counts as innovation.”


“It costs nothing to enter the Moreton Bay Innovation Awards and you could take home up to $10,000 dollars in prize money, not to mention the brand recognition and the prestige of winning. What have you got to lose?” Councillor Grimwade said.


Categories and prizes for the 2017 Moreton Bay Innovation Awards are as follows:


  • University of the Sunshine Coast Innovation of the Year (Major Prize) - $10,000 prize.
  • Sesame Lane Emerging Innovation - $2,500 prize.
  • Quest Community News Established Innovation - $2,500 prize.
  • Unitywater Moreton Bay Showcase Award - $2,500 prize.
  • Telstra People’s Choice Award - $2,500 prize.
  • Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism Youth Category:

Ø  Emerging Innovation - Youth: $1000 (Winner) and $375 (Runner-Up)

Ø  Established Innovation - Youth: $1000 (Winner) and $375 (Runner-Up)


For more information and entry details visit or phone council on 3205 0555. Entries will remain open until Monday, 31 October 2016. Winners will be announced at a Gala Event in early 2017.


The 2017 Moreton Bay Innovation Awards are an initiative of Moreton Bay Regional Council and are proudly sponsored by Telstra, Unitywater, Sesame Lane / Think 2 Be Foundation, University of the Sunshine Coast, Quest Community Newspapers and Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism (MBRIT).

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