YBF Ventures launches the Online Startup & Innovation Awards to celebrate our local scene

- July 27, 2020 2 MIN READ

Are you a startup or scaleup with an eye for innovation? Then YBF Ventures wants to hear from you. A leader in the startup and tech innovation scene, YBF  has spent years celebrating and supporting our local startups.  This month they launch their inaugural Online Startup and Innovation Awards.

In response to the coronavirus crisis, there has been an outpouring of creative solutions and inspiring collaborations on a local, a national and a global scale. The awards will recognise the innovation of our local startups as they navigate the new normal during the pandemic.

The Online Startup & Innovation Awards will spotlight on the remarkable startups, scaleups and global leaders that are innovating, collaborating and striving towards positive solutions during COVID-19.

Taking place online, the awards will recognise a host of new projects, pivots and stand-out leadership. Applications and nominations are now being accepted.

Categories for the Online Startup and Innovation Awards include

Best Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Project, Product or Pivot; Best BioTech/MedTech Project, Project or Pivot; Best Collaboration During a Crisis and Best Global Leader During a Crisis.

Microsoft co-founder and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair, Bill Gates; New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern and the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey have already been nominated as contenders for the Best Global Leader During a Crisis category.

COVID-19 has turned the world upside down. It has changed almost every aspect of our lives, while also ushering in a host of opportunities for companies large and small, around the world – to create new projects, pivot existing models and more broadly, to re-examine the future for the human race, ” said YBF’s CEO Farley Blackman.

“During this challenging time, it has been incredible to see leaders step forward and YBF, along with our sponsors and partners, is excited to acknowledge the individuals, startups, scaleups and corporates that are making a difference through innovation.”

Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne Sally Capp urges local startups to nominate for the awards.

“The City of Melbourne is excited to take part in the Online Startup & Innovation Awards and would encourage anyone who knows an outstanding startup or innovator to nominate.”

Genevieve Collins, Chief Executive Partner of Lander & Rogers said challenging times often breed innovation and the awards will celebrate this.

“During times of crisis, the need for innovation accelerates. People want more efficient, faster, easier, cheaper. So, the greater the crisis, the greater the opportunity for innovators, and the need for us to celebrate their successes!”

Garry Williams, Creative Producer: Innovation from Melbourne Connect agrees: “Amongst great adversity during deeply challenging times, some truly innovative and creative uses of technology have prospered, and it is very heartening to see YBF shine a spotlight on those delivering some really incredible impact.”

Sponsors of the Online Startup & Innovation Awards include Lander & Rogers, City of Melbourne, the Victoria State Government’s Digital Innovation Futures 2020, Melbourne Connect, The University of Melbourne, Tyro and Lucidchart.

Applications are now open for individuals, startups and scaleups:

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