“Applying for the Innovative Tasmania Awards has been the best decision I have made to promote and expose my brands. The presentation evening was an inspiring celebration of all things innovative where I met and networked with some world class entrepreneurs. The calibre of entrants was second to none. Winning the 2016 Young Innovator of the Year Award has been invaluable to my businesses.The publicity has been fantastic and has since prompted me to receive a scholarship to The Woman’s Business School in Melbourne. I would highly recommended anyone thinking of applying to put themselves out there and have a go. This is an event not to be missed!”

Jodie SnooksTasmania’s Young Innovator of the Year.


In 2017 there are 10 awards:

    • Innovator of the Year, presented by Eaglecrest Technologies
    • Young Innovator of the Year, presented by University Of Tasmania
    • Innovative Start-Up Award, presented by Startup Tasmania and TasICT
    • Innovative Product Award, presented by Dept Industry, Innovation and Science
    • Innovative Service Award, presented by Tasmanian Broadcasters
    • Innovative Process Award, presented by Bell Bay Aluminium
    • Innovative Region Award, presented by TCCI
    • Innovative Community Award, presented by Anglicare Tasmania
    • Innovative Learning Award, presented by University of Tasmania
    • Innovative Government Award, presented by Dept of State Growth.

    Entry is FREE. See submission details below.

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Prizes will be a video vignette for each of the winners for their use and for promotion of the role of innovation to the general public. These will be produced to broadcast standard by Southern Cross TV’s professional production crew. The commercial value of these vignettes and airtime is $4,500 each.

These vignettes will be run at the end of the Southern Cross News in late November/earlyDecember 2017, one per night, acknowledging the winner of the the specific Award  and the role of sponsors in supporting the Awards and Tasmanian innovation.

Winners receive a very modern, solid aluminium trophy (165mm high x 50mm across each face) with wording engraved through black gloss exposing the silver aluminium finish. They receive also a certificate and a set of laurels.



Innovators (or others nominating them or their innovations, if authorised) simply complete an entry form with a 120 word response to the following questions:

Background and description of the innovator, What this person has done that is innovative, and What impact has the innovator had in Tasmania or outside of Tasmania?

Nominations for innovations complete a 12o word response to the following questions: What is the nature of the innovation? Why is it innovative? What impact has the innovation had on Tasmania – and more broadly, if appropriate?

Entrants must provide one high resolution photo of their innovation or the nominated innovator plus up to four Powerpoint pages of support materials (visuals or written).

Nomination Information
Download Entry Form

Send entries to awards@breath-of-fresh-air.com.au

Terms and Conditions. Nominations open on Monday 29 May and close at midnight on Sunday 23 July. Entry is free. Entrants must be organisations owned (in part or full) by a Tasmanian(s)and operated in/from Tasmania (and elsewhere, if appropriate). Entrants can only enter in ONE category (even where their innovation applies in several categories). Young innovator nominees must be 35 years of age or younger at time of nomination. Innovative Start ups must have commenced since 1 January 2000, be a new business not a re-badged pre-existing business, altered corporate structure or subsidiary of an existing business. Nominations entered in previous years CAN enter again if they feel the innovation or innovator has evolved in the meantime. ALL innovations are automatically entered in the Awards competition.

On-line Voting

From 11 August, 2017  the website (http://breath-of-fresh-air.com.au/innovation-awards) will provide details of ALL nominated innovations using the photo and the 120 word answer to the questions requested plus a hyperlink to the support information for anyone wanting to read more. The general public, innovators and any other people who were interested will read through the list and chose ONE top innovation in each category. Rating is open to anyone BUT is limited to one rating per person.  Voting is for Tasmanians only (resident here or outside the state) and is FREE.

Southern Cross TV, Tasmanian Business Reporter and Tasmanian Broadcaster radio stations across the state will promote the Awards and invite their readers and anyone interested to rate the top innovation from each categories. (Note: Some people may only be interested in one category and could validly vote only for their top innovation/innovator in that category.) Ratings will be able to be made until midnight Sunday 10 September, 2017.

Awards Presentation

The Awards will be presented at a prestigious event in Hobart at  5 star venue Wrest Point on the evening of Wednesday 4th October. Professional presenter Ryk Goddard will again lead the Awards presentations interviewing each winner and keeping the event lively and entertaining .

High profile key note speaker,  Larry Lopez, Director of Accelerating Commercialisation,  in the  Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s entrepreneurs programme, will  speak on success factors for innovators. Will Hodgman, Premier of Tasmania, and Michael Ferguson, Minister for Innovation and IT, have been invited to describe their work in making Tasmania an innovative and productive island.

The Awards event is a great opportunity for networking. As Tim Jarosz, winner of the 2016 Innovator of the Year says: ” Awards like this – it’s about being around like-minded people, they think the same, they talk the same. It’s a language you can understand. “

2016 Winners

Winners of  the  2016 Innovative Tasmania Awards are:

  • Innovation Leader of the Year – Tim Jarosz
  • Young Innovator of the Year – Jodie Snooks
  • Innovative Start-up – The Van Diemen Project
  • Innovative Product – NANOPROTECH
  • Innovative Science and Technology – Dr Sukhwinder Singh Sohal
  • Innovative Service – Mode Electrical
  • Innovative Process – Deviant Distillery
  • Innovative Community – Source Kids
  • Innovative Region – George Town Economic Development Group Steering Committee
  • Innovative Environment – Linii Tasmania
  • Innovative Government – City of Launceston

The Innovative Tasmania Awards are proudly presented by  Eaglecrest Technologies, UTAS, NBN, Bellamy’s Organics, Dept of Industry, Innovation and Science, Australian Innovation Research Centre, Bell Bay Aluminium, Anglicare Tasmania, RDA Tasmania Committee, TCCI,  NRM North, Department of State Growth,  the City of Hobart and BOFA in Action.

Queries? director@breath-of-fresh-air.com.au, 0407 501 287

The Innovative Tasmania Awards Event

The winners of the 2016 Innovative Tasmania awards were announced on Thursday 27 October at a prestigious event held at Wrest Point Conference Centre, Hobart  in front of an enthusiastic audience of supporters, innovators and innovation agencies. The Awards have grown dramatically since their inception last year with double the number of entries compared to 2015 and more than double the votes cast electronically by  the Tasmanian public, community and commerce.

The Award winners and audience were addressed by Michael Malone, founder of iinet, and the Hon. Craig Laundy MP, the Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science who both stressed that innovation is to be found in every aspect of life not just in technology.

Michael Malone made the point that innovators don’t/can’t stop innovating, mentioning that apart from founding iinet he is involved in a cyber security start up, invests in other innovations, and sits on boards of innovative firms.

The Hon. Craig Laundy MP, the Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science said that the federal government was a committed supporter of innovation nationally. He stressed the importance of the Innovative Tasmania Awards as a means of building confidence in Tasmanian innovation and in building an understanding of the role of innovation in Tasmania.


Innovation Leader of the Year

Tim Jarosz


Young Innovator of the Year

Jodie Snooks

Innovative Start-up

The Van Diemen Project

Innovative Product

Nano Protech


Innovative Science and Technology

Dr Sukhwinder Singh Sohal


Innovative Service

Mode Electrical


Innovative Process

Deviant Distillery


Innovative Community

Source Kids


Innovative Region

George Town Economic Development Group Steering Committee


Innovative Environment

Linii Tasmania


Innovative Government

City of Launceston

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