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24th of July | Online 

Online Workshop

Our favorite annual pitch competition has returned! This year, we will still hold the competition online, wherever you are, you could showcase your business in front of potential customers, business partners or investors and shape your business ideas with our professional judges, also you will have the chance to win up to $20000  AUD cash prize! Easily get connected to the network in Australia and abroad, through Eureka global operations.

Through the IIEC of last year, the winning projects, like “Intestinal microcirculation fingerprint evaluation platform for healthcare” and “Unbleached paper green manufacturing using corn straw” successfully obtained funds and formed their Joint Venture to further develop their business.

We all know emerging markets provide greater potential, Eureka IIEC partners with China-Jinan International High-Level Talents Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition to offer our participants more opportunities for business growth in the emerging markets. The shortlisted teams of Eureka IIEC 2021 will be invited to enter the Jinan international competition with teams from USA, Europe and Asia to compete for additional prize (up to $10,000) and gain access to business networks, partnerships and funding support. The winner of the competition will be able to access designated government funds (up to $1 million, conditions apply) and business facilitation services. 

Focused Areas

Information Technology


Digital Technology

AI Technology, VR Technology, Data Mining, Blockchain, IoT, Smart City, 5G technology and related

VR Headset




Innovative Materials, Clean Energy, Industry 4.0 System, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and related

Computer Robot





Biomedical Technology, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Precision Health,  Nutraceutical, Aged Care and related

Medicine Prescription





Functional Food, Novel food processing technology, Digital agriculture, Agricultural processing technology, Sustainable Farming, Biomass and related


competition Timeline

3rd of May

3rd of June, 16: 00


8th of July

14th & 15th of July

24th of July

2 weeks after the finals

Application open

Application close

Release of finalists

Information session

2 same session for different time availability

The finals

Results announcement

16th of September

Jinan international competition


First Prize

Eureka Award for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship,

1 position,

AUD $20,000 


Second Prize 

Eureka Award for Acceleration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship,

4 positions,

AUD $2,000 


Third Prize

Eureka Award for Growth in Innovation and Entrepreneurship,

6 positions,

AUD $500


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Ms. Danielle Storey

CEO of Eastern Innovation

Ms. Storey is a leader in the Australian business ecosystem, helping innovators, businesses, entrepreneurs and Startups thrive, improve their growth capabilities and networks. She is the Acting Deputy Chair of the Eastern Metropolitan Partnership, Committee Member of Regional Development Australia and Director of Flexible Workspace Australia. She is also the co-owner of an international family business.

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Dr. Shirley Shen

Principal Research Scientist,

China Engagement Manager of CSIRO

Dr. Shen has been working on multifunctional/smart nanocomposites and surface designs for a broad range of industrial applications, such as, cure on demand sealant, fire performance cable, and heavy metal ions sensing and multi-functional nanocomposites materials and devices, with 140 journal papers. 


Dr. Ruchong Ou

Senior Research Fellow
of Alfred Hospital and Monash University

Dr. Ou heads the AMREP laboratory providing scientific support to the heart transplantation program, and he has been actively promoting collaborative research and fostering the commercialisation of biomedical innovations. The outcomes of his commitments are reflected by forging many collaborative research programs and joint centers between Australia and Asia.

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Mr. Timothy Carroll

Founder of the Global Students Entrepreneur Program, Start Global Pty. Ltd; Director of Technology, Australia-China Health Accelerator (ACHA)

Mr. Carroll is a highly experienced and respected Executive and mentor with first class communication skills and a strong track record in International Trade and export. He has lived and worked in global markets with a focus on Asia, Healthcare and Research and has extensive experience in developing innovative commercial strategies, business plans, pitches and raising capital.

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Dr. Mohamed Abdelrazek

Associate Head of School for Industry Research; Associate Professor of Software Engineering and loT at Deakin University; Director of Deakin LaunchPad for industry research and innovation

Dr. Abdelrazek has 20+ years of experience in the software industry. He has experience in building startups and managing large teams with a mix of engineers, architects, and project managers. During his time at Deakin University, he raised more than $10M and engaged with many industry partners from different industries in Australia and overseas.

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Dr. Zongli Xie

Principal Research Scientist & Research Team leader of CSIRO
Director of Membrane Society of Australasia (MSA)
Xie leads a research team at CSIRO Manufacturing with extensive research experience and expertise in membrane technologies and catalysis for energy and environment. She has over 110 journal publications, 5 patents, 4 invited booked chapters and over 30 confidential technical report to industries with a h-index of 33 and lifetime citation of >4300. Dr Xie is also an elected Director of Membrane Society of Australasia (MSA), a board member of Monash Centre for Membrane Innovation. She also serves as an associate editor of Separation Science and Technology, an invited editorial board member of Membranes Journal and an adjunct professor in Victoria University, Australia. 


Dr. Mona Chung

Asia and China Director
of BlueMount Capital

Dr. Chung is a bi-cultural business expert in doing business with China, particularly with cross-cultural negotiations and communication. She addresses the major issues and overcomes the cultural gap between Westerners and Chinese in the fields of commerce and education. She has extensive experience in Western-China business relationships. She is also the author of an extensive list of over 80 publications in cross-cultural business studies and has authored and published 4 books on “Doing Business with China”.

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Ms. Michelle Xu

Food scientist; 
Co-founders of CTC Technology

Ms. Xu is a food scientist turned entrepreneur. She worked in CSIRO for more than 10 years investigating protein and lipids structures and functionalities for the benefits for human health using advanced technologies, such as synchrotron and neutron scattering. She has been working as business development manager and advisor for agricultural technology commercialisations.  


Dr. Hugh Ouyang

Data scientist of  CompareTheMarket

Dr. Ouyang worked as a research fellow at the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney from 2011 to 2015. He was an Assistant Professor of Automation and Robotics at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan.  His research interest includes System and Control, Robotics and Signal Processing. From 2016, he started to work for websites as  data scientist. He has  strong interest in Machine Learning and Data Mining.

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Dr. George Zhang

Director of the A*Star-ChemoPower Molecular Info-Tech
Joint Laboratory, 
Adjunct Senior PI of A*Star Singapore;
Founder and CEO of ChemoPower Company in Singapore

Dr. Zhang is an experienced entrepreneur and technology developer. He is now leading the technologies to transform the traditional medicine industries into evidence-based sciences.

How to apply?

You could choose any one of the two methods to apply 2021 Eureka IIEC

Apply online

Directly apply 2021 Eureka IIEC on our online application page

Email to apply

  • Download and fill in the "Application Form"and"Business Plan" 

  • Name the file as follows: Name of Team Leader_Shortened Project Title_AF/BP

​Application Closed

Winners List

Eureka Award for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Innovation & Personalisation of Dream Dress 

Eureka Award for Acceleration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Novel fresh food storage material

Intelligent 3D Construction Printing Technology (I3CPT)

Furfur Land 

Enhanced human exoskeleton system

Eureka Award for Growth in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

 AD diagnosis based on biomarkers and interventional therapy of chemical small molecules

Medical imaging analysis system based on artificial intelligence 

New gaseous ion microscope

Miaqua Holdings Limited 

Learning to Predict Crop Stress and Early Disease Detection with Small Wheat Datasets


If you have any questions about our competition, please feel free to contact our seasoned Project Managers.


Dr. Lisa Lu


Mr. James Liu

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