2020 KCA Awards

The KCA Awards celebrate the achievements of members, and highlight “top tier work” in Australasian tech transfer. In 2020, we invite members to put forth any activity that has realised success in the last 18 months.

Three finalists will be selected overall from the nominations received, and those three finalists will pitch their nomination at the KCA Annual Conference on Thursday 10 September 2020 on the Gold Coast. The winner, as deemed by a panel of judges, and the people’s choice award winner, will be announced at the KCA Annual Conference dinner that same evening.

The Awards are open to all KCA members and their respective project partners. Projects can span all facets of research commercialisation, industry engagement and entrepreneurship. The Awards aren’t about “big deals.” The Awards recognise great work, so please be encouraged to put forth projects which demonstrate originality, creative business insight, and/or deliver significant societal impact.

Fundamentally we want to know why your activity is deserving of “top tier work” in Australasian tech/knowledge transfer status, or why it is a great example of tech/knowledge transfer activity in Australasia. Details of what’s required to enter the Awards is outlined on the nomination form

Nominations open March 2020.


2019 KCA Awards

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KCA Research Commercialisation Award
Curtin University (presentation by Rohan McDougall)

People’s Choice Award
ANSTO (presentation by Timothy Boyle)

Awards Judges
Natalie Chapman, gemaker
James Hutchinson, KiwiNet
Mark Wickham, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick


2018 KCA Awards

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KCA Research Commercialisation Award
University of Tasmania (presentation by Darren Cundy)

People’s Choice Award
University of Tasmania (presentation by Darren Cundy)

Awards Judges
Natalie Chapman, gemaker
Charlie Day, OISA
Ross McFarlane, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
Deb Verhoeven, University of Alberta


2017 KCA Awards

KCA Research Commercialisation Award
UNSW Innovation (presentation by Benjamin Matthewson)

People’s Choice Award
UNSW Innovation (presentation by Benjamin Matthewson)

Awards Judges
Duncan Mackintosh, Brandon Capital
Melissa Yiannoutsos, Powerhouse Ventures
Maxine Simmons, Cure Kids Ventures


2016 KCA Awards

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Best Commercial Deal Award
UNSW Innovation (presentation by Hua Fan)

Best Industry Engagement Strategy
Curtin University (presentation by Rohan McDougall)

Best Entrepreneurial Support Initiative
UniSA Ventures (presentation by Jasmine Vreugdenburg)

Awards Judges
Erol Harvey, MiniFab
Dan Grant, La Trobe University
Anna Rooke, QUT Creative Enterprise Australia


2015 KCA Awards

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Best Creative Engagement Strategy
The University of Melbourne

Best Commercial Deal
Defence Sciences and Technology Group

People’s Choice Award
Swinburne University of Technology

Awards Judges
Topaz Conway, Accelerating Commercialisation
Chris Farquhar, Aureae Portae
Rhona Knox, Proctor & Gamble
Erol Harvey, MiniFab
Susan Oliver, Scale Investors


2014 KCA Awards

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Best Creative Engagement Strategy
UniQuest

Best Commercial Deal
Griffith Enterprise

People’s Choice Award
Swinburne University of Technology

Awards Judges
Erol Harvey, MiniFab
Debbie Bullock, Boeing Defence Australia