Curtin University has taken out the top prize for inventing an innovative method to prolong the freshness of fruit and vegetables in the annual WA Innovator of the Year awards.
The university won the overall Mitsubishi Corporation Innovator of the Year award to extend the storage, transport and shelf life of horticultural products in the awards, Western Australians which developing an outstanding innovative product, technology or service.
Other winners included Safescape in the emerging innovation category, Rocks Gone in the growth category, Picosat Systems for encouragement, Onesun in the designing for excellence encouragement award and TOLKA from Como Secondary College as the young innovator of the year.
Innovative local companies winning this year’s award category shared in $145,000 prize money.
Both semi-finalists and finalists receive mentoring, presentation training, and advice on business development and finance to help commercialise their innovations.
Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly said the awards acknowledged innovation as a driving force for WA’s economy.
“The WA Innovator of the Year program recognises companies and ideas that are reshaping our economy and creating new jobs for Western Australians,” he said.
“The McGowan Government is committed to supporting the innovation sector through initiatives such as this, which has a great track record supporting companies from idea to commercialisation.”