FAQs 2009
What can I win?
How do I enter?
Who can enter?
Can I enter if I have a service rather than a tangible product?
What if my innovation is already on sale?
Where will I find the Award Terms & Conditions?
How much does it cost?
What does the entry cost cover?
What if I do not have digital images?
Who is INNOVIC?
Why is INNOVIC running the Next Big Thing Award?
What are the key dates?
What do finalist have to do?
What if more than two people want to come to the awards presentation?
Who are the Judges?
If I’m a finalist, how do I get my innovation to Melbourne, Australia?
How many people visit the exhibition?
What sort of promotion will I get?
How do I get my innovation back at the end of the exhibition?
Do I have to stay with the exhibition for six weeks?
Is there an award ceremony?
How will I get to the award ceremony if I am an interstate finalist or international winner?
If I am an interstate finalist or international winner can I bring my partner or associate to Melbourne with me?
What media exposure will I get if I am a finalist?
Who sponsors the INNOVIC International Next Big Thing Awards™ 2009?
What if I have other questions?


What can I win?

1st Prize – INNOVIC’s International Next Big Thing Award 2009™ – Winner
  • AU$10,000 cash & trophy
  • Australian Anthill magazine media profile
  • AU$2,000 voucher for design work from Rankin Design
  • AU$500 worth of video/audio visual production services from CVP Events, Film & Television
  • Invitation to a Leaders of Innovation Luncheon (Sydney or Melbourne)
  • MYOB Business Management software package, training & support
  • 10 hours of consulting services from IMES - International Market Entry Strategies

2nd Prize – INNOVIC’s International Next Big Thing Award 2009™ – People’s Choice Winner
  • AU$3,000 cash & trophy
  • Australian Anthill magazine media profile
  • AU$500 worth of video/audio visual production services from CVP Events, Film & Television
  • Invitation to a Leaders of Innovation Luncheon (Sydney or Melbourne)

Category prizes
  • Green (environmental) Award
    • Trophy
    • Use of Category Prize Winner logo
    • Eligibility to win overall winner prize
  • Innovation Excellence Award
    • Trophy
    • Use of Category Prize Winner logo
    • Eligibility to win overall winner prize
  • Social/Community Benefit Award
    • Trophy
    • Use of Category Prize Winner logo
    • Eligibility to win overall winner prize
  • International Award
    • Trophy
    • Use of Category Prize Winner logo
    • Eligibility to win overall winner prize
    • One return economy airfare to Melbourne, Australia from nearest capital city with five nights accommodation at the 5 star Hotel Windsor and return airport transfers to/from Melbourne Airport.
  • All finalists will receive a professionally written media release, a web page on the Next Big Thing Award website and ongoing media promotion plus other services and prizes.
  • Interstate finalists will receive a return airfare to Melbourne from their nearest capital city and one night's accommodation at the 5 star Hotel Windsor plus airport transfers to/from Melbourne Airport.
  • Finalists also win the right to exhibit their innovation/invention at INNOVIC's International Next Big Thing Award™ 2009 Exhibition at the Melbourne Museum, Australia. Innovations will be on display for a period of 6 weeks, from 30 May to 12 July 2009.
  • All finalists will receive two complimentary tickets to attend the Award Ceremony and Sponsors' Breakfast in Melbourne, Australia.

How do I enter?
Enter at nextbigthingaward.com. Complete the application as outlined and attach a digital image of your innovation no larger than 500kB. Successful payment of AU$45 must be made by credit card (Visa, Mastercard and American Express are accepted) for the entry to be considered complete and valid. Entries must be received by 5pm Australian eastern time (GMT + 10.00) on 16 March 2009.

Be aware of the word limit and do not exceed it. If necessary, use dot points.

Acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of INNOVIC's International Next Big Thing Award™ 2009 forms part of a valid entry.

Applications are only accepted in English.


Who can enter?
Entry is open to anyone (in Australia and internationally) with a new fully developed innovation/invention that meets the terms and conditions of entry.

Can I enter if I have a service rather than a tangible product?
If your innovation/invention meets the Terms & Conditions and the judging criteria then you can enter. However, you will need to be able to exhibit your service if you are a finalist. This could be done using a PowerPoint presentation, looping video, or other visual presentation medium that can be viewed as part of the exhibition.

What if my innovation is already on sale?
To meet the terms and conditions for entry your innovation must not have been available for sale to the public before 1 January 2007.

Where will I find the Award Terms & Conditions?
INNOVIC's International Next Big Thing Award™ 2009 Terms & Conditions are available here.

How much does it cost?
Entry is AUD$45 (Australian dollars), which is non-refundable. 

What does the entry cost cover?
The entry fee covers processing costs. 

What if I do not have digital images?
You can take a clear photograph of your innovation to most photographic stores and they can scan it to disk for you.

Who is INNOVIC?
INNOVIC is the trade mark name of the Victorian Innovation Centre Limited. We are a not for profit organisation established in 1986 to assist people with new ideas. We provide a range of seminars and services to help commercialise good ideas and have assisted over 29,000 innovators.

We are based in Melbourne, Australia and receive some support from the Victorian Government. We established the Next Big Thing Award in 2005. See innovic.com.au and nextbigthingaward.com for further details.

Why is INNOVIC running the Next Big Thing Award?
Part of INNOVIC's mission is to promote and support innovation. We believe that innovation is an important economic driver and that people with new ideas should be encouraged and assisted to turn them into successful businesses.

The annual Next Big Thing Award is a way of getting the general public to think about innovation and how new products are developed and commercialised. It also recognises and rewards the considerable achievements of innovators and inventors who are often unacknowledged, and to assist them in acheiving business outcomes.

What are the Key Dates?
20 November 2008 Applications open
16 March 2009 at 5.00pm Applications close
6 April 2009 Finalists and unsuccessful applicants will be notified
17 April 2009 Finalists must submit image (min 300 dpi) & media form for promotion/DVD
15 May 2009 Finalists' innovations must be in Melbourne, Australia for exhibition set up
30 May - 12 July 2009 INNOVIC's International Next Big Thing Award™ 2009 Exhibition @ Melbourne Museum, Australia
2 July 2009 Formal Award ceremony
3 July 2009 Sponsors' and Finalists' Speed Networking breakfast and Deal Flow (Business matching) meetings

What do finalists have to do?

Finalists are required to submit a minimum of three high resolution images (min 300 dpi) by 17 April 2009. This is for promotional purposes, an event catalogue, web site, media releases and for the production of a DVD and other material. Any finalists that do not supply images of their innovations as prescribed within this timeframe may be disqualified.

Finalists are also required to make arrangements to get their innovations to Melbourne, Australia for the exhibition at the Melbourne Museum (at their cost) by 15 May 2009.

Finalists are required to complete a Media Form to enable INNOVIC to maximise national and local media exposure and return it by 17 April 2009.


What if more than two people want to come to the awards presentation?
Additional places at the awards ceremony may be offered (subject to availability) for finalists upon request; however INNOVIC will only cover the interstate/international travel costs of one finalist per innovation.

Who are the Judges?
The judges are innovation experts drawn from Awards sponsors and INNOVIC's network of expert associates.

If I’m a finalist, how do I get my innovation to Melbourne, Australia?
It is your responsibility to get your innovation to and from Melbourne for the exhibition. Depending on the size and fragility of your innovation, there are many options available. These include couriers such as UPS or Fedex and express postal services. Both of these options allow for insurance and a delivery receipt.

How many people visit the exhibition?
Last year it was estimated that 76,000 visitors attend the Melbourne Museum during the six week exhibition.


What sort of promotion will I get?
All of the finalists will be promoted on the INNOVIC International Next Big Thing Award 2009 website at www.nextbigthingaward.com. This also will include a link to your website (INNOVIC highly recommends you have one) and contact page so that interested parties can contact you directly.

How do I get my innovation back at the end of the exhibition?
Finalists that want their innovation returned will need to arrange for the return of their innovation from INNOVIC offices in Melbourne, Australia at the conclusion of the exhibition at their own cost.

Do I have to stay with the exhibition for six weeks?
No. The exhibition is a curated museum exhibition and not a trade show. You innovation will be displayed with interpretive signage that INNOVIC will produce.

Is there an award ceremony?
There is an official award ceremony cocktail function for all finalists on 2 July in Melbourne, Australia. Guest presenters will be attending and media is invited.

The following morning finalists are expected to attend the Sponsors’ and Finalists’ Speed Networking breakfast event and deal flow meetings to assist with business outcomes.


How will I get to the award ceremony if I am an interstate finalist or international winner?
Australian finalists living outside of Victoria will receive one return economy airfare from their nearest capital city (including airport transfers from Melbourne airport) and one nights accommodation at the 5 star Hotel Windsor. No other costs will be reimbursed.

The winner of the best international innovation will win one economy airfare from their nearest capital city (including airport transfers from Melbourne airport) and five nights accommodation at the 5 star Hotel Windsor. No other expenses will be met, including passport/visa costs, insurance etc.


If I am an interstate finalist or international winner can I bring my partner or associate to Melbourne with me?
Finalists' can bring one other person to attend the Award Ceremony. However INNOVIC is not able to provide an airfare, accommodation or expenses for your partner. Should you wish to bring a partner, you will need to cover their costs.


What media exposure will I get if I am a finalist?
Last year more than 300 media articles were logged. Conservative estimates indicate over $200,000 worth of print media resulted as well as many links and features on relevant websites. There was considerable media interest in both the Award and the Exhibition. Finalists were promoted to ABC TV Australia's The New Inventors, newspapers and to various other media including industry journals world wide.

While INNOVIC will use its best efforts to obtain media exposure for finalists, publicity is dependent on external events and, of course, cannot be guaranteed. However, we do expect winners and finalists to co-operate with requests for media features, interviews, etc.

Who sponsors the INNOVIC International Next Big Thing Awards™ 2009
View INNOVIC's International Next Big Thing Award™ 2009 sponsors here.

What if I have other questions?
Please contact INNOVIC on +613 9650 4733 (overseas) or 03 9650 4733 (within Australia) or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .