Entries for Innovic’s 2009 Next Big Thing Award are now open.

The annual award recognises and rewards innovators and inventors and assists them in achieving business outcomes.

For the first time ever, the award is going global as a result of strong demand from innovators and small businesses in the Asia Pacific region. The award provides over $60,000 in prizes.

“Past winners and finalists have gone onto reap enormous success in Australia and globally, including establishing over 20 franchise operations, obtaining $7.6 million in finance, exporting to over 42 countries and generating sales of over A$119 million a year,” said Innovic’s CEO, Josh Evans.

“These are ingenious innovations developed by people who are creating the new technologies and businesses of the future”, says Joss Evans.

Innovic is a not-for-profit Victorian organisation established in 1986 to assist people with new ideas and inventions.

A special exhibition of the successful finalists’ innovations will be hosted at the Melbourne Museum from 30 May to 12 July 2009.

The public will be able to nominate the People’s Choice winner that will be announced, along with the other winners on 2 July 2009.

Applications for the International Next Big Thing Award 2009 close on 16 March 2009.

Further details are available at www.nextbigthingaward.com or by calling INNOVIC on 03 9650 4733.

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