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Future Innovators Awards

Recognising leadership for good in Year 12 students

The Future Innovators Awards recognise and reward high achieving New South Wales Year 12 students for their innovativeness, critical thinking and interest in business studies.

Are you a Year 12 student at a New South Wales high school with a creative business idea to improve your local community or city?

Apply to our Future Innovators Awards and your idea could secure you a $6,000 scholarship.

What are the Future Innovators Awards?

Exclusively available to Year 12 students studying at New South Wales high schools, the Future Innovators Awards aim to recognise the visionary influencers of the future. Submit your business idea with local impact for a chance to receive a cash voucher and award from the University of Sydney.

Future Innovators Awards winners who commence their studies at the University of Sydney Business School in 2023 will also be considered for a Sydney Scholars Award valued at $6,000.*

*Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a separate Sydney Scholars Award application to be considered for a wide range of other scholarships and/or an application for the Early Offer Year 12 (E12) Scheme for access to equity scholarships.


To be eligible, you must:

  • be a Year 12 student studying in Australia at a New South Wales high school at the time of application
  • complete the online application form with the answers to the three application questions

Both domestic and international students are eligible if they meet the above criteria.

Frequently asked questions

Applications for the 2023 Future Innovators Awards are now closed.

Please follow the instructions in the application form. Provide all documentation and submit your application by midnight on 30 September.

Current Year 12 students in all NSW high schools who are studying in Australia in all NSW high schools.

Both domestic and international students may apply if they meet this criteria.

No, students are only eligible to apply once.

Yes, you may apply if you are enrolled in and studying Year 12 at a NSW high school.

Yes, students considering the E12 pathway can apply for the Future Innovators Awards and they will be eligible for Sydney Scholars consideration if they enrol. If they also receive an Inspired by Business Scholarship they will be eligible to receive the Sydney Scholars award through the Future Innovators Awards.

Future Innovators Awards awardees who successfully accept an offer and enrol at the University of Sydney Business School will be considered for a  Sydney Scholars Award valued at $6,000.

All Future Innovators Awards recipients will receive an award certificate and $250 cash voucher.

Call 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864) 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday or submit a prospective student enquiry.

Hear from a Future Innovators Award recipient

Varun Ravindran

Varun Ravindran
Future Innovators Awards winner | Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Dalyell Scholars)

Varun Ravindran's "Why not?" attitude has taken him from high school Prefect and Peer Mentor to International Physics Olympiad participant, recipient of the Caltex Award for Best All Rounder and, most recently, Future Innovators Award winner.

"My Future Innovators Awards idea, FoodSend, was targeted at creating an in-app extension for major food delivery services like Uber Eats, Menulog and Deliveroo that allowed consumers to sponsor a meal of their choice to a disadvantaged household," Varun says.

The Future Innovators Awards have connected me with so many amazing people that have progressed my studies at uni. I got real exposure to entrepreneurship and innovation that helped me to apply for societies and even professional programs.
Varun Ravindran

Now a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Dalyell Scholars) student at the University of Sydney Business School, Varun is majoring in Finance and Economics and hopes to one day apply his creative and technical knowledge to the fields of business consultancy or financial advisory.

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Tips for applying

Rebecca Jiang
Rebecca Jiang, Future Innovators Awards recipient
1. Tell a story that shows why your business idea will have impact.

2. Work in point form to start, especially if you struggle with word limits.

3. Come back to your response in a few days to review it with fresh eyes.

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