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2019 (The Second) Eureka International Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition


Australian Division of 2019 China (Jinan) New Growth Drivers International High-level Talents Innovation and Entrepreneurship Contest 












Eureka International Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition (Eureka IIEC) is a major innovation event produced in collaboration with the leading innovation organizations and service providers crossing Australia and China. In May of 2018, the first Eureka IIEC was successfully held in Melbourne Convention Centre. More than three hundred people participated and benefited from the event, including entrepreneurs, scientists, innovators, investors and policy makers. This year, we have improved the program design and expect a great deal of interest.  This valuable and exciting event will not only help to boost the ongoing economic activity and start-up ecosystem diversity, but will also grow the research, knowledge and innovation exchange and outcomes between Australia and China.


Eureka IIEC competition is followed by the “Eureka Innovation & Entrepreneurship Mission to China”. This 7-day program is an educational and commercialization program designed for Australian startups looking for market, investment and collaboration opportunities in China. Provinces of Shandong and Zhejiang will be visited in this year’ program. All shortlisted finalists of Eureka IIEC will be invited to participate in this program with the support of travel grant covering the expense of flights, accommodation, and meals.

Eureka IIEC is also the Australian Division of 2019 China-Jinan International High-level Talents Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition. All shortlisted finalists of Eureka IIEC will directly enter the final of 2019 China-Jinan International High-level Talents Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition to win cash and a trophy. Finalists will also have access to the Jinan Spring City’s “5150” Program receiving 5 Million RMB (around 1 Million AUD) funding should they choose to open and company or office in the region (note: conditions apply).

Agenda of The 2019 Eureka IIEC-20190621-

Main Judging Panelist

Ms. Danielle Storey,  CEO of Eastern Innovation Business Centre (EIBC)


Mr. Steve Prideaux, Founder & CEO of Digital Investment Group Limited (DIG)


Mr. Jacky Jiao, Director of Sydney Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre, Australia, International Cooperation Department, Yangtze Delta Region Institute of Tsinghua University, Zhejiang.


Mr. Timothy Carroll, Founder of the Global Students Entrepreneur Program (GSTEP); The Director of Technology, Australia-China Health Accelerator (ACHA)


Mr. Nazzareno La Gamba, Executive Director of Professional Pathways Program, Monash College; Director of Digital Innovation & Transformation, Capgemini.


Dr. Shirley Shen, China Engagement Manager of Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)


Mr. Adam Yuan, CEO of Skypac Finance Group

Cr. Aaron An, Councilor of City of Wyndham, Victoria


Dr. Hongjian Zhu, Head of Cancer Signalling Research Laboratory, Department of Surgery, The University of Melbourne

Mr. Ray Tettman, Principal of  Watermark Intellectual Property


Mr. Ed Clark, Principal Lawyer of Aitken Partners


A/Prof. Mohamed Abdelrazek, A/Prof. of Software Engineering and Internet-of-Things, Deakin University; Founder and Director of Deakin Launchpad, Deakin University

Deakin Edge, Federation Square

Secondary Judging Panelist

Mr. Tony Reynold Burchill, Director of Svara Advisory


Dr. Cliff Xiao Lu, Former Director of SP MVOSS R&D and Delivery at HUAWEI; Visitor Scholar of Digital Research & Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology


Prof. Yong Wang, Researcher at Institute of Process Engineering, China Academy of Science; Expert of Hundred-Talent Program (Chinese Academy of Sciences)


Mr. Hubert Chu, Co-Founder & General Manager of Sydney Blockchain Centre.


Ms. Anglela Yao, Secretary General of Australia-China Association of Scientists and Entrepreneurs (ACASE)


Ms. Michelle (Mi) Xu, Acting Business Development Manager of CSIRO Agriculture and Food Centre


Mr. John Webster, Founder & CEO of CoRoster Pty Ltd.


Dr. Zongli Xie, Research Team Leader and Senior Research Scientist of CSIRO Manufacturing and working in Materials for Energy and the Environment Group


Dr. Yuqing Feng, Principal Research Scientist at the Computational Fluid Dynamics Team of CSIRO Mineral Resources Business Unit


Dr. Sue Xiang, Project Leader/Senior Research Manager, Department of Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science, Monash University


Dr. Hong Yin, Research Fellow & China Collaboration Manager of RMIT University


Dr. Alessio Bonti, Lecturer & Research Software Engineer School of Information Technology at Deakin University


Prof. Lei Qiu, Full Profess at Institute for Future, Qingdao University


Mr. Bruce Shuaijun Song, Director of Superior Tech Pty Ltd.


Mr. Chris Li, CEO of InterAisa Group


Ms. Lauren Mingqing Yang, CEO & Founder of La Bae Coffee Pty Ltd

Audience Registration



There will be draws to gain free flights and hotels. All money raised from audience tickets will be donated to the Australian charity organization. 

We have donated all money raised from audience tickets to The Walter + Eliza Hall Insititute of Medical Research

Deakin Egde, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia

2019 Eureka


Important Dates

-   Applications Open: 29th April 2019

-   Applications Close: 28th May 2019

-   Release of Finalists: 5th June 2019

-   Coaching Session: 12th June 2019

-   Final: 23rd June 2019

-   Eureka Innovation & Entrepreneurship Mission to China: Late July 2019



About the Final​

 Date: 23rd June 2019

-   Venue: Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia

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First Prize | 1 position

Eureka Award for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship,

AUD $20,000 and travel grant of “Eureka Innovation & Entrepreneurship Mission to China”.

Second Prize | 5 positions

Eureka Award for Acceleration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship,

AUD $2,000 and travel grant of “Eureka Innovation & Entrepreneurship Mission to China”.


Third Prize | 24 positions

Eureka Award for Growth in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, travel grant of “Eureka Innovation & Entrepreneurship Mission to China”.

Focused Areas

IT &
Digital Tech 


AI technology, VR technology, data mining, blockchain, sensor technology, intelligent control, robotics, 5G technology, etc.



New materials, clean energy, Additive manufacturing, industry 4.0 system, etc.  






Biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical devices, aged care, etc. 



Functional food, agricultural devices, agricultural product processing, biomass, etc.


Introduction of Shandong and Zhejiang Provinces


Jinan, Shandong Province

-  Transportation

Facing northern China, bordering the sea to the east and adjacent to the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei economic circle in the north. Shandong province is also well connected with the neighboring countries, South-Korea and Japan.



Jinan has one of the highest economic growth rates in China. In 2018, GDP of Jinan was approximately US $131 billion, and 70 percent of companies in Jinan Innovation Zone are high-tech organizations.

-  Main Industries 

Modern and efficient agriculture, advanced production and manufacturing, new energy and new materials, and biomedicine.


Yangtze Delta Region, Zhejiang Province


The Yangtze Delta Rigion (YDR) is a triangle-shaped metropolitan region generally comprising the Wu Chinese-speaking areas of Shanghai, southern Jiangsu province, northern Zhejiang province and eastern Anhui province. 

It is the main intersection of the “the Belt and Road”.



YDR is one of the fastest growing and richest regions in East Asia measured by purchasing power parity. In 2018, the YDR had a GDP of approximately US $2.2 trillion, about the same size as Italy. 


Main Industries 

Information and technology, e-commerce logistics, intelligent manufacturing, new materials and biomedicine. 

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Winners List

The 1st Prize


"Eureka Award for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship"


ChestPhan4D-An Australian Invention for better fighting cancers


Mr. Chuandong Wen and his team



The 2nd Prize


"Eureka Award for Acceleration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship"

Next Generation Antimicrobial Coatings


Dr. Helmut Thissen and his team

EpiDisease: ScoliPro® - Novel prognostic tool for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis


Dr. José Luis García Giménez and his team

 Advanced Genetic Tests Deliver Precisions Medicine


Prof. Grant Morahan and his team

 Blockchain-based parametric weather insurance for farmers


Mr. Dale Schilling and his team

Luca by The Block Ledger: Blockchain-based accounting and auditing system


Mr. Adam Wang and his team


The 3rd Prize


"Eureka Award for Growth in Innovation and Entrepreneurship"

Converting Small Molecule Anticancer Drugs into Nanomedicines for Targeted delivery


Dr. Xiaojuan Hao and her team

Off Gas Treatment for Industry


Mr. Derrick Ng and his team

;Apple+: a revolution in apple business


Dr. Danyang Ying and his team

MilkPLUS-Next Generation Prebiotic Milk for Gut Health and Brain Development


Dr. Jared Raynes and his team

Pioneering the way people produce and use energy


Dr. Samuel Evans and his team

 My life health:Chronic disease rehabilitation digital platform


Mr. Louis Island and his team

 Aglive- Livestock traceability system


Mr. Achalen Holmes and his team

New Zealand Undaria Pinnatifida Sporophyll Pharmaceutical Project


Dr. Wei Chi and her team

Innovative and integrated sensing platform for heavy metal ions


Dr. Adam Truskewycz and his team

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