HYBMA 2024

YBMA Partners with Hunter IF

We are terribly excited to announce that we are collaborating with Hunter IF and the Hunter Innovation Festival for this year’s awards. Hunter IF are keen to engage with the young people of our region, encouraging and rewarding the development of innovation and entrepreneurship skills.

Since its inception in 2002 as a component of The Australian Innovation Festival, initiated by Regional Development Australia, the Hunter Innovation Festival has significantly evolved to become a premier platform for showcasing innovation in Greater Newcastle and the Hunter region. It offers a platform for networking, learning, and inspiration and an opportunity to align with forward-thinking sectors of the community and support the region’s economic development.

Ryan Muir, CEO of RAM Manufacturing, and a member of the Advanced Manufacturing Action Summit group of Hunter IF is thrilled to be collaborating with YBMA.

“This partnership marks a pivotal moment as two great organizations join forces to enhance their offerings to the ambitious young minds across the Hunter Region,” said Ryan. “Together, we are committed to nurturing the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs by providing them with the resources and recognition they need to succeed.”

The collaboration will offer participating students with additional online resources to inspire and engage imaginations as well as the opportunity to win passes to the Hunter Innovation Festival in October. The overall winner of the YBMA in 2024 will also be given the opportunity to pitch their BIG IDEA at the Hunter Angels Pitch Event as part of the Hunter Innovation Festival. YBMA winners’ work will also be showcased at the festival.

With representatives from sectors including Modern Manufacturing, Health Care, Circular Economy, Clean Technology, Emerging Technology, Defence, Finance and Investment, Research and Education, and Government in attendance at the festival, it provides students with a unique opportunity to learn, network and engage in a way that can provide insight, inspiration and a springboard into a future fit career within the innovation space.

“We’re eager to see the creative and innovative projects that participants will bring to the table,” said Ryan. “Let’s make this year’s awards a resounding success!”

Keep your eyes peeled over the coming few weeks for new online resources to inspire BIG IDEAS and don’t forget that registrations are open until May 31st with completed projects due on September 3.

** Let’s innovate and inspire together! **