TNQ Innovation Awards

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About the Awards

At Cairns Regional Council, we know that the spirit of innovation offers a competitive advantage to businesses operating within the Tropical North Queensland region and, through our Tropical North Queensland Innovation Awards (TNQIA), we continue to recognise, reward and support those who capture this spirit.  The Awards:

  • recognise, reward and support innovation, invention and commercialisation across the Tropical North Queensland region;
  • promote a climate of pride in the region’s business community; and
  • provide a platform for business promotion, collaboration and development.

FREE Information Session for TNQIA applications

To help people with their TNQIA applications, a FREE one hour information session hosted at theSPACE will help answer any questions and/or difficulties applicants may have.

If you would like to apply, but don't know where to start, register now for your spot as spaces are limited.

The information and Q&A session will be held at theSPACE, Cairns TAFE, Eureka Street Manunda on Tuesday the 31st of July at 5pm.

Click here to register.

Enter the 2018 Awards

Are you an entrepreneur, creative thinker or smart business who demonstrates a spirit of ingenuity and innovation? Do you have a new product, process or service?  Then enter the 2018 TNQ Innovation Awards.

Entries, including all required information, must be submitted to economicdevelopment@cairns.qld.gov.au by 5.00pm Friday 14 September 2018.

Download and complete the TNQIA Entry Form. ( DOCX, 0.42 MB )

Please be sure to read our Terms and Conditions before entering.

Major Award categories

  • Proven Innovation Award - for innovative products, processes and/or services in post-commercialisation stage (released to market or actively in commercial use).
  • Pipeline Innovation Award - for innovative products, services or processes in development stage (progressed past an idea, prototype developed, at scoping or testing phase).

Specialty Awards

In addition to the Major categories, entrants may choose to nominate their innovation for one or more of the specialty awards:

  • Eco Innovation Award - for innovations that deliver specific environmental benefits.
  • Indigenous Innovation Award - for innovative organisations with majority ownership/directorship by Indigenous persons.
  • Social Innovation Award - for innovative new solutions to social issues to create or enhance social value.
  • Young Entrepreneurs Award - for entrants aged 25 years and under (as at 14 September 2018).

Inspiration Awards

Entrants may also be chosen for judging in:

  • People's Choice Award - to be chosen by public vote during October 2018 (after shortlisting by the judging panel).
  • Mayor's Inspire Award - for a stand-out innovation, selected by the Mayor.

General enquiries

To find out more, contact economicdevelopment@cairns.qld.gov.au.

Download and complete the TNQIA Entry Form. ( DOCX, 0.42 MB )

Entries, including all required information, must be submitted to economicdevelopment@cairns.qld.gov.au by 5:00pm Friday 14 September 2018.

Entries, including all required information, must be submitted to economicdevelopment@cairns.qld.gov.au by 5:00pm Friday 14 September 2018.

Entries, including all required information, must be submitted via the online form on this website, from 3pm Monday 28 May to 5pm Friday 14 September 2018.  Please be sure to read our Terms and Conditions before entering.

Enter the 2018 Tropical North Queensland Innovation Awards

2018 Major sponsors


2018 Sponsors

Sponsorship

Do you want to be part of this exciting initiative? Tailored sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2018 TNQIAs. Contact Council's Senior Events Officer to discuss TNQIA partnership options.

General enquiries

To find out more, contact economicdevelopment@cairns.qld.gov.au.

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Last updated: 13 August 2018