If you have ever had an innovative business idea or a new invention but no clues about how to get it to market Southern Cross University business students want to help you.
They are part of an exciting new free service offering mentoring and business plan development support to the region's budding entrepreneurs.
Those who participate in the project will be supported to enter the Invest Northern Rivers (INR) Technology & Innovation Awards and be in the running for the Inventor of the Year award, with the opportunity of winning the $10,000 first prize.
The awards will be launched at a free public seminar, Building on Bright Ideas, to be held next Wednesday, June 21, at Invercauld House Conference and Function Centre, 161 Invercauld Road, Goonellabah from 6 to 8pm.
The event will provide a unique opportunity for budding inventors to gain access to advice from a team of innovation professionals and to find out more about regional programs that will help support the development of their bright ideas.
Information will be presented about protecting and commercialising ideas and inventions with advice from experts from AusIndustry, Patent and Trademark Attorneys and the Hunter Industry Development Centre. A limited number of one-on-one confidential assessments will be available on Thursday, June 22.
A second free public workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 5, at SCU's Tweed Gold Coast Campus, Brett Street, Tweed Heads from 5.30 to 7pm.
Dr Stephen Kelly, head of SCU's School of Commerce and Management, will provide participants who want to nominate for the awards with some important tips to improve their chances of becoming the Inventor of the Year. He will also begin the process of matching applicants with senior SCU business student mentors.
The student mentors will assist applicants to prepare their award submission so that they have an even better chance of being a winner.
The final award presentations and the naming of the Invest Northern Rivers Inventor of the Year will be held on October 26, 2006 at SCU's Lismore campus.
The winner's prize package includes financial assistance of $5,000 from award sponsors, the NSW Department of State and Regional Development and AusIndustry, to be used in the further commercialisation of the business idea, technology or innovation.
It also includes professional business planning services from WHK Rutherfords to the value of $5,000.
Download your application from www.investnorthernrivers.com.au or call 6622 4011 to have one posted. All applications must be received by September 11, 2006.
To reserve your place at seminar on Wednesday call 1800 995 299.
To book a place for the July workshop call 6622 4011 or email: email@example.com
Media contact: Zoe Satherley SCU media officer, 6620 3144, 0439 132 095.