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The chance to be recognised as an outstanding entrepreneur and small business operator is something that can work wonders for any business – and there are a number of opportunities currently on offer.

The Hills Young Innovator of the Year Award

The search is on for Australia’s best young ICT innovators, with the best and brightest being invited to pitch for cash and mentoring support to help bring their mobile, big data and cloud innovations to life.

Hills Chief Technology Officer, Leica Ison said the new awards demonstrated the company’s commitment to growing the technology sector and driving Australia’s digital future.

“Hills’ tradition of innovation began in 1945 with the Hills Hoist and continues today as we deliver innovative solutions in security, health systems, smart home and beyond to millions of Australian homes and businesses,” she said.

“We are passionate about fostering Australian creativity, talent and ingenuity which is why we are offering support to our best, brightest and youngest ICT innovators.

“These Awards will allow us to put the spotlight on Australia’s most talented and technologically minded young people and place them firmly on the radar of the country’s most sought after employers and investors.”

The Hills Young Innovator Award recognises the most outstanding innovations from an individual 25 years or younger in three categories; Mobile, Big Data and Cloud.

A $5,000 cash prize will be awarded in each category for concepts that have the most innovative thought processes and the greatest potential for impact in the industry irrespective of what stage of implementation has been achieved.

Nominations for the Young Innovator of the Year are now open and close 1 August. More information is available here.

2014 Telstra Business Women’s Awards

Australian businesswomen have just two weeks to get their entries in for the 2014 round.

The Telstra Awards are open to business owners, women in the private and corporate sector, in community and government, with two specialist categories for business innovation and young businesswomen.

For finalists and winners across Australia the Awards offer a share in $650,000 in cash and prizes. They also provide entrants with the opportunity to reflect on their careers, the chance to share ideas with peers and connect with women outside their sector.

Winners of the state and territory awards will be announced around the country from 29 September to 28 October with the national finals in Melbourne on 26 November.

Nominations and entries close at midnight on Monday 14 July. Entries can be submitted online at womensawards.com.