Innovators could get $10,000

THE word has gone out to all budding Clarence Valley inventors and innovators ? enter this year's Invest Northern Rivers (INR) awards and you could win a prize worth $10,000.

The award program, launched recently, was developed to help identify new inventions, emerging technologies and innovations and to encourage and assist the region's innovators.

Last year the major prize went to Maclean's Dennis Gravolin ? and this year there is a good chance another innovative Valley resident could pick up the award.

The INR Technology and Innovation Award provides practical assistance to a winning technology or innovation.

The major prize, valued at $10,000, includes $5000 of financial assistance to use in further commercialisation of the technology or innovation, professional business planning services to the value of $5000 and mentoring and coaching support services.

Regional Development Board chairperson Margot Sweeny said the awards were a way for Clarence Valley innovations to become a commercial reality.

"Innovators and inventors invest most of their resources and passion into developing their idea or technology," she said.

"This is a great opportunity for those people with new ideas, inventions or innovations to enter, as even those who do not win may be able to be directed towards appropriate assistance from regional groups and government agencies."

Application forms can be downloaded from An application workshop will be held on July 5 at Southern Cross University's Tweed Gold Coast Campus from 5:30-7pm.

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