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Have a genius idea for clean technology? The Australian Clean Technologies Ideas Competition says ‘bring it on!’


Climate change is the hot topic this week as PM Julia Gillard unveils her plan for a carbon tax. Never the wall-flower, Innovation Minister Kim Carr also wants to see Australia become a driving force in cleantech innovation, last week launching  The Australian Clean Technologies Ideas Competition.

Senator Carr notes, “Australian clean technologies businesses were worth $22 billion in 2010 and the sector employs over 25,000 people nationally. The Government’s goal is to develop a sector that helps Australia meet the growing needs of a low carbon economy.”

Let’s break down the big words.

This competition is linked to the international Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition which shows off the newest clean technologies that have great benefits for both business and the environment.

Is it something you should care about?  Check out the rewards:

  • The winner of the Australian contest will get to represent Australia at the Cleantech competition in the United States.  While there, clean technology ideas will compete for over $100,000 in services to launch the proposed technology
  • A week of mentoring and meetings with investors and entrepreneurs at the International Awards Gala in November 2011
  • Access to venture capitalists, legal advice, research support and more

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Senator Carr has voiced his faith in the impact this competition can have.  He says, “The Australian competition will promote a uniquely Australian take on developing this high-tech, high-skill sector and, I hope, result in some ‘Eureka’ moments.”

What does that mean?  The winner of this competition could mean an even greater win for Australia in the global fight for climate change, new local industries and an economy less reliant on primary production, like mining.