Meet the finalists – Innovation Award Categories

This year, the winner of the Telstra Innovation Excellence Award receives a grand total of $5,000 cash as well as a trophy and business recognition, while $500 Is up for grabs in each of the other innovation categories.

From solar lighting specialists and rocket science experiences to forward-thinking hairdressers, landscapers and homeless support services, entries came in from across the business, not-for-profit and student community.

The innovation award finalists will be joining the business category award finalists at the Gala Awards ceremony on Friday, 30 November at Eatons Hill Hotel. Stay tuned to find out all the winners, or follow the hashtag #businessawardsmoretonbayregion on social media!

Telstra Innovation Excellence Award

The Telstra Innovation Excellence Award recognises an outstanding business, sole trader or organisation within the Moreton Bay Region that has developed a new innovative product, process or service that shows significant advances in terms of innovation and improvement.

This is the ‘big one’ for the innovators and entrepreneurs out there. With $5,000 on offer, the competition was sure to be tough.

Finalists in this category include Coastal Protection Core, an environmental conservation organisation which is up for an impressive three awards.

Electronic & Mechanical Calibrations is a Clontarf-based business that specialises in the sale, repair and calibration of tools and measuring test equipment, while It’s Rocket Science Adventures offers alternative learning resources and inventive tech products to help students and groups explore the wonders of aviation, aerospace and rocket science.

Brendale’s Movage Group, a one-stop-shop for moving and storage needs is also up for the top innovation award, alongside Solar Bollard Lighting, a leader within the solar lighting sector.

Think2Be Youth Innovation Excellence Award

The Think2Be Youth Innovation Excellence Award is open to people 18 years and younger that live or study in the Moreton Bay Region.

Throughout the competitive process, those student groups which rose to the challenge include finalists Bray Park State High School (The Active Carriage), Murrumba State Secondary College (Hands Free Crutch), Pine Rivers State High School (Toilift), Redcliffe State High School (Inferno Racing), and Tullawong State High School (Glimpse - iSleep).

A big thank you to all those students who nominated – a massive achievement in itself!

Innovate Moreton Bay Successful Start-Up Award

The Innovate Moreton Bay Successful Start-Up Award recognises new start-up businesses and sole traders that have commenced operations in the last three years.

It’s Rocket Science Adventures makes another appearance in the start-up category, alongside ParentTV, a video streaming website personalising parenting advice from the world’s leading research-based experts direct to parents.

Other successful start-up finalists include: North West Physiotherapy - Eatons Hill, which provides high-quality, personalised treatment for a diverse range of patients and their needs.

QuoteSpec offers streamlined, cloud-based quoting software that tradesmen can use without the need to format documents on computers.

The last category finalist is White Brick Brewing, a North Lakes brewery born from one man’s passion for brewing quality beer and a commitment to the Moreton Bay Region.

USC Young Entrepreneur Award

The USC Young Entrepreneur Award recognises an inspirational young person aged between 18-35 years who, through their own commitment and passion, has built and operates a successful business within the Moreton Bay Region.

Chris Ryan is the joint business owner/operator of Ryno Hire. A diesel fitter mechanic by trade, Chris has helped grow the business to what it is today, offering a wide range of quality and reliable hire-able pieces of machinery and equipment.

Digital marketing specialist Jessica Ricketts is the driving force behind her growing business, JR Media Consulting. Having found her calling in the digital advertising space, JR Media offers a range of services, including Facebook advertising and coaching.

Eva Porter, who is a registered landscape architect and Director of Porter Designs Pty Ltd, launched the business in her early 20’s. Eva now works with schools, community groups, and individual clients to create personalised, inclusive spaces. Her vibrant passion for landscape design has seen the business flourish, and benefit the wider community in the process.

Geoff Abel of popular Redcliffe café Flock Eatery has spent his entire career working in the hospitality industry – from trendy cafes and fast-paced, high-volume restaurants to inner city fine dining and large venues. In line with Flock’s focus on minimal waste and sustainability, Geoff helps to foster collaborative relationships with local farmers and producers.

Rebecca Anderson from Becky B Hair wanted to break from the ‘typical’ workplace culture when she first started her hairdressing business, and it has certainly paid off. Becky B Hair now boasts a store in North Lakes following its success in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast, and offers an environment where stylists can flourish, and reach their full potential.

Major Award Categories

SRJ Walker Wayland Community Group of the Year

The SRJ Walker Wayland Community Group of the Year Award is one of two major awards being handed out on the night. This award, where the winner will take home $5,000, recognises a not-for-profit organisation in the Moreton Bay Region that delivers strong, community-based initiatives that positively impact on, and deliver long-term benefits for the community.

A Brave Life is a not-for-profit organisation that gifts good quality and safe baby products to teenage and young mothers under the age of 21, who are having their first baby. Through its Baby Bundle program, it partners with Young Parent Programs, Maternity Social Work Departments and community organisations by gifting baby bundles filled with essential items such as nappies, wipes, baby wash and newborn clothing.

Chameleon Youth Housing are a specialist homeless service that provides youth crisis accommodation for young people and young parenting families. It provides an opportunity for young people to take control of their lives in a supported, strength-based environment, allowing them to begin the process for a better future.

Encircle Ltd is a not-for-profit, community owned organisation for individuals and families in the Moreton Bay Region. It operates neighbourhood centres at Redcliffe and Lawnton, a free legal service at Strathpine, and connects with those people who are disadvantaged or at risk.

Samford Commons is emerging as a world-class, innovative and exciting showcase for sustainable living, learning, working and playing. This is achieved through activities such as: Maker Festivals, STEAM Immersion Programs, Wellbeing Trails, War on Waste project and more.

After taking out the Community Group of the Year Award in 2017, The Youth Development Foundation has returned as a finalist again in 2018. The Youth Development Foundation helps to assist people, especially youth, in living a more fulfilling, positive and rewarding lifestyle.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Business of the Year

The winner of the Moreton Bay Regional Council Business of the Year will be selected from the pool of finalists that have achieved the judges’ highest overall score, across all categories. The winner will take home $5,000 cash and a trophy.

Best of luck to this year’s finalists across all the award categories, who helping to contribute to the ongoing economic success and social wellbeing of the region!

Gala Awards

The Gala Awards night is well on its way to being a sold-out event, with the final release of tickets going on sale this week. To find out more, visit: