Victorian startup INWENTECH specialising in better cancer treatment has won the prestigious Victorian Government Inspiration of the Year Award at the 26th National iAwards.

Global Victoria's ICT Trade Manager Stuart Bland (pictured left) and Director, Strategic Technology Partnerships, Kathy Coultas (second from left) pictured here at the iAwards with Baz Palmer from Weyo (second from right) and Evan Davey from Two Bulls (pictured right) who took out the Consumer Markets iAward.

Victoria's Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade, Martin Pakula opened the iAwards and presented Melbourne-based INWENTECH with the $10,000 Inspiration of the Year Award. Founder, Inventor and EO of INWENTECH Chuan-Dong Wen won the award for his revolutionary medical device, ChestPhan-4D, designed to improve radiotherapy imaging and treatment of lung, liver and breast cancer.

Other Victorian organisations who received a gong at the iAwards included:

  • James Mullins, CEO and CTO of FLAIM Systems took out the Startup of the Year Award for the company's VR enabled firefighter training simulator, Flaim Trainer
  • Baz Palmer from Weyo and Evan Davey from Two Bulls took out the Consumer Markets Award for their collaboration on the children's app, 'The Wiggles, Fun Times with Faces'
  • Lucinda Hartley and Jessica Christiansen-Franks, Co-founders of Neighbourlytics took out the gong for the Business Service Markets category.

iAward recipients will go on to represent Australia at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) in Vietnam this November.

The Victorian Government has sponsored the Australian Information Industry Association iAwards since 2008 and is committed to events that nurture Victoria’s digital tech and ICT ecosystem.  The AIIA has also located its national headquarters in Melbourne, showing confidence in Victoria’s world-class digital tech, ICT and innovation sector.

AIIA’s National iAwards is one of Victoria’s long list of high-profile tech and innovation events hosted in Melbourne as part of the government’s Digital Innovation Festival (DIF).  Running for two weeks, the DIF hosts more than 400 events across metropolitan and regional Victoria, covering everything from artificial intelligence and the future of work to agtech, running a startup, coding and robotics.

Victoria’s tech and ICT sector employs more than 137,900 people across more than 19,300 businesses generating $36.6 billion in annual revenue.