Business/Higher Education Round Table (B-HERT) was established in 1990 to strengthen the relationship between business and industry and the tertiary education sector.
The B-HERT Awards were established in 1998 to recognise outstanding achievement in collaboration between business and higher education in the fields of research & development and education & training. The objective of the Awards is to highlight at a national level the benefits of such collaboration and enhance links between industry and universities.
The Award winners for 2012 were announced last night (Thursday 8 November 2012) and we are very pleased to announce that Innovation ACT (IACT) won two awards: the Best Community Engagement Award and the Inaugural Award for Outstanding Excellence in Collaboration.
Since its inception five years ago, IACT has become the flagship entrepreneurial program in the ACT that brings together educational institutions, government and the local business community. It includes tertiary institutions in the ACT (ANU, University of Canberra, Canberra Institute of Technology, University of New South Wales Canberra) and has the support of the ACT Government, Lighthouse Business Innovation, and a large range of local businesses.
IACT has led to the creation of many ventures that address important social, educational and environmental issues such as the recycling of organic waste, the support of musicians, helping disadvantaged women, disabled persons and educating young graduates in East Africa, among many others. Envirolove, a food waste recycling company, won a Canberra BusinessPoint Award in 2011 and MicroEnergy Lab, a company that is developing technology for smart electricity meters and their integration with cloud-based software, has been accepted in the competitive Ignition Labs program.
We wish to thank all our partners and collaborators, and all IACT participants and mentors over the years, for the amazing contributions to a truly inspirational program.