Students offer innovators a helping hand

Inventors and innovators can get help from a proven mentoring scheme to prepare their entries for the 2008 INR Technology and Innovation Awards. The most successful business innovation or invention stands to win a $10,000 prize sponsored by Country Energy.

Through a mentoring program with Southern Cross University (SCU), award applicants can be matched with final-year students in the Bachelor of Business degree who will help them work through the application process.

Michael Evans, executive dean from SCUs Faculty of Business and Law and a judge of the awards, says that the success of the mentoring process was evident in the last awards round.

The applicants that worked with student mentors in the last awards produced a far higher quality of submissions than those who didnt in fact the difference was stark, he said. The student mentors helped applicants write submissions of the standard needed to raise funding for their invention or innovation. They stood out as the ones who were serious about taking their products to the next level of development.

Often, inventors are very creative people but they dont always know how to move their idea forward into something that can be commercialised and end up creating wealth for them.

For more information on the student mentoring program or for info on entering the awards phone Lydia Kirby on 6622 4011, email admin@nrrdb.com.au or visit www.investnorthernrivers.com.au.


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