We’re almost at the end of the IACT17 program! From a record 61 teams, we are now to our top ten. And we are just one week away from Pitch Night.
Over the past ten weeks, teams have participated in a series of workshops and After Hours sessions, aimed at developing their business ventures and entrepreneurial skills, and been mentored by local entrepreneurs.
After selecting an initial shortlist of 21 teams, based on their engagement with the program and their ventures, our panel of judges have now reviewed each shortlisted venture concept and selected the ten teams that will be invited to pitch their ventures at Pitch Night.
Congratulations to the top ten teams for IACT17, who will be pitching their projects next week at IACT17 Pitch Night for a chance to take away a share of the $50,000 seed pool and other startup support:
Developing an artificial intelligence (AI) based system to revolutionise the design and provision of infrastructure networks.
Dedicated to linking people with the perfect restaurants according to their individual dietary needs.
Committed to facilitating the best health, fitness and wellness marketplace for service providers and clients alike.
A mentorship and skilled-volunteer matching platform with a focus on connecting students to professionals and organisations.
Harnessing the energy of the sun to improve the living standards of rural populations around the world.
Providing sustainable transport alternatives through the conversion of conventional vehicles into unique electric models.
Developing wearable technology to detect the early phase of heart failure.
Savage Yeti Games
An independent game studio with a focus on providing short, intellectually challenging mobile games.
Cutting down the waiting time for medication at the pharmacy through an online prescription platform.
Empowering entrepreneurs by connecting them with the resources and tools they need to grow their business.
On Pitch Night, these ten teams will have five minutes to pitch their ventures to our panel of talented judges, followed by five minutes of questions from the panel. The judges for IACT17, who represent key contributors to Canberra’s innovation ecosystem, are:
Anna Pino, Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre – Anna is the Founder and Director of Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre, a Canberra-based innovation consultancy.
Glen Hassett, ACT Government – Glen is the Director of Investment and Enterprise Development at the ACT Government. He is responsible for government programs aimed at accelerating innovation within the ACT community.
Petr Adamek, CBR Innovation Network – Petr is the CEO of the CBR Innovation Network, which facilitates collaboration and education within Canberra’s entrepreneurship community.
Deb Anton, IP Australia – Deb is the Deputy Director General for Policy and Corporate at IP Australia. IP Australia administers intellectual property rights and legislation regarding patents, trademarks and registered designs within Australia.
IACT17 Pitch Night will be held at the National Museum of Australia on Tuesday, 17th October – that’s in just one week! This is the largest venue to ever be used for an InnovationACT Pitch Night, so we hope to see everyone there – mentors, partners and supporters of IACT, friends and family of teams, or those just interested in hearing from the next generation of entrepreneurs. This event is free and open to the public, however registrations are required due to the limited capacity of the venue. Reserve your seat via Eventbrite now.
InnovationACT is a proud initiative of The Australian National University. As always, we would like to extend a huge thank you to our Major Partners, the University of Canberra, ACT Government and IP Australia, as well as our many valued Supporters. The program would not be what it is today without your continued support.