Q: How do I enter the INCITE Awards?
A: The INCITE Awards is a self-nomination process. To enter the INCITE Awards, you register as a user on the INCITE Awards system, then complete the online application form with all the required details. You can do this in several stages and update your application up to the closing time.
Q: Is there a fee to nominate in the INCITE Awards program?
A: The application fees help offset the cost of running the INCITE Awards program. The fees are as follows:
- Start-up category - $150 (plus GST), or free if you enter the same product in another category
- Other categories - $300 (plus GST) per entry.
- Student, WA Tech Company, Pearcey Entrepreneur and Achiever categories - no fee
You must complete the payment before the deadline for your entry to be included in the judging process. You may continue to edit your entry after the payment is made, up to the closing time. Fees are payable online by credit card through the INCITE Awards system.
Q: What are the selection criteria for the INCITE Awards?
A: The online nomination form provides specific fields for each of the relevant selection criteria. In addition, there are some 'open' fields where you are encouraged to highlight the inspirational and innovative aspects of your nomination.
Q: What content will the Judges be expecting to see in the general sections on the nomination form?
A: The content which will be part of your submission is as follows:
50 WORD SUMMARY
This is a very brief overview of your company/group and your solution/project/product. It should briefly identify who you are, what the product/solution/project does and why it's innovative/unique. If you are successful, this text will be used in the program at the INCITE Awards Gala Presentation Dinner so it should be a concise overview that let’s readers know who you are and what the product/solution/project is.
NOMINEE OVERVIEW (250 words)
This section you need to provide an overview of the nominee - yourself, your company or your team. If this is a joint submission, include information about all parties involved in the joint submission.
PRODUCT OVERVIEW (250 words)
This section should focus solely on the specifics of the product/solution/project being entered. Summarising its innovation, features, marketability, value and/or other key attributes.
FINAL PITCH (100 words)
Your final opportunity to explain why you deserve to be the winner of this award.
Q: Do I need to supply supporting material?
A: You are requested to attach a high and low resolution of your logo and we encourage you to supply supporting material - online demonstrations, brochures, user interviews, etc. Material may be supplied as files, upload JPEGS or PDF files. A maximum of five pieces can be uploaded with your entry (in addition to the logos). Also links, video attachments and website URLs.
Q: How much is ‘too much’ information?
A: Word limits are specified, it is important that you keep to these word limits.
Q: Quality (technology, methodology, packaging and recognition) - what does this mean?
A: The 'quality’ selection criteria measures whether the product:
- shows a good deployment of the latest technology
- satisfies the ISO / CMM standards
- has a degree of compliance with any requirements of its target usage
- has won awards locally, regionally or internationally; and/or
- has consistently proven to be a stable and reliable product by users.
This does not apply to all categories - please check the relevant category page.
Q: How much detail do I need to reveal around the IP in order to demonstrate the innovation?
A: We appreciate the sensitivity around IP and recommend you use your discretion as to commercial risk in revealing your innovation. If you’re selected as a finalist you will present to the judging panel and they may ask specific questions if they require further information.
Q: Who should my referees be?
A: You will need to provide details of two independent referees (clients or end-users) who may be contacted in relation to your nomination. It is essential that the two referees nominated are end-users of your product or service and from another organisation if relevant (i.e. not from the submitter's development or marketing team). You are advised to ensure that both your referees are available and ready to provide a reference for you.
Q: When will my referees be contacted?
A: Lead judges will contact referees during the shortlisting phase of judging.
Q: How can I prepare our referees?
A: We recommend you send a copy of your submission to your referees so they are aware of your claims in your nomination and they can support this in their reference.
Q: What is the deadline for submissions?
A: Submissions close on 15 March 2018. This date is final and there will be no extensions provided. You may edit your entry after submitting and paying the fee, up until the entry deadline.