THE inaugural Bendigo Invention and Innovation Festival will take place between September 3 and 9.

It’s an initiative of Be.Bendigo and forms part of the Victorian Digital Innovation Festival.

The festival will celebrate and promote local invention and innovation, as well as bring world-class innovation thought leaders to Bendigo.

Be.Bendigo chief executive officer Dennis Bice said the festival will demonstrate the value that an innovative mindset can bring to a business, and supports Be.Bendigo’s strategy of developing a prosperous and vibrant local economy.

“We believe that looking to the future is important for the ongoing health and success of our business community, and we are proud to showcase Bendigo as a regional hotspot for innovation,” he said.

The festival has been borne from the Bendigo Inventor Awards, which has been hosted by Be.Bendigo since 2016.

Festival director David Hughes says the time was right to evolve the awards into something with more impact.

“Since the Bendigo Inventor Awards was established in 2010 the landscape has changed dramatically,” Mr Hughes said.

“In 2010, there were no business accelerators or incubators in Australia, there was no LaunchVic or StartupVic, and innovation was not a key strategy at every level of government like it is today. We have an opportunity to work together with other organisations to increase our impact, and ultimately assist people with good ideas to develop them into viable business models.”

Tickets for the one day conference on Monday, September 3 are available through GoTix.

Other events include a Datathon being run by Bendigo Health, the Bendigo Inventor Awards, and the Festival of Failure.