The Western Australian government is committed to raising the profile of innovation in Western Australia and supporting the delivery of government initiatives to advance the growth of the State’s innovation based industries.

The WA Innovator of the Year (IOTY) program has showcased innovative and entrepreneurial individuals, businesses and creative minds since 2006. The program has benefited many of those who have participated as well as the broader community of Western Australia.

The WA Innovator of the Year program, is a valuable initiative which provides support to innovators and entrepreneurs across our State.


In accordance with the New Industries Fund, the objectives of the IOTY program are to:

  • promote and acknowledge the success of Western Australian innovators;
  • encourage co-support from industry for promotional activities;
  • activate and strengthen industry-government research collaborations;
  • engage communities throughout Western Australian regions in innovation; and
  • promote job creation and economic diversification in Western Australia.

How to Apply

Further information is available in the Applicant Information and it is a requirement that all applicants read this document.

Application in 2018 is online via the IOTY Applications Platform

Applications open: Wednesday 2 May 2018 at 9am AWST

Applications close: Tuesday 5 June 2018 at 11am AWST

Note: You will not be able to access the IOTY Applications Platform until applications open on 2 May 2018.

Applications for 2018 have now closed.


Applicant Information Sessions


Please attend the applicant information session at ECU Joondalup Campus:

Tuesday 8 May 2018, 9:00am - 10:30am

Room 301, Building 34 (Gold Building), ECU Joondalup Campus, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup, 6027.

Note: To register to attend, please email


Young Innovator of the Year

The Innovator of the Year and Just Start It programs have formed a collaboration to identify a Young Innovator of the Year Award recipient.  Teams participating in Just Start It will have the opportunity to apply for the Young Innovator of the Year.  Details will be made available to participating teams through the Just Start It program.

Thank you to the 2018 Innovator of the Year program sponsors:

Principal Sponsor

Mitsubishi Corporation




Encouragement Award Sponsors

Woodside logo      South 32 Logo      DXC      BN


Gold Sponsors

 iPrep Logo            Wrays Logo


Silver Sponsors

Murfett Legal logo            Watermark        Enterprise