2016 was a big year for InnovationACT. Not only did a record number of teams take part, but IACT’s network of supporters within the local innovation ecosystem is larger than it’s ever been, giving teams the best possible access to networks and pathways during and beyond the IACT program.
51 teams from across Canberra’s tertiary institutions participated in IACT16, bringing with them some impressively innovative ideas, which ranged from research projects, to hard tech, to social ventures. The teams developed their venture concepts over the course of the program though workshops, expert talks and mentoring from local entrepreneurs.
Ten weeks and some 700 cups of coffee later, the top nine teams were invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and the community. The IACT16 judging panel, consisting of Glen Hassett from ACT Government, Deborah Anton from IP Australia, Petr Adamek from CBR Innovation Network, and Anna Pino from Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre, remarked that this year’s pitches were the highest quality they had seen yet.
Based on their pitches, six teams were awarded a share of the $50,000 seed pool:
The ventures have attracted interest from near and far. Here are some of the media stories about the grant winners:
IACT alumnus, Mude, prepared a fantastic summary of the year that was:
Congratulations once again to all the teams that took part in IACT16. We hope to see you continuing to thrive along your entrepreneurial journey, whether with your current ideas or brand new ones.
And thank you to all those who help make IACT possible, with special mention to The Australian National University, our Major Partners the University of Canberra, ACT Government and IP Australia, and our Supporters, Judges, Mentors, the IACT Collective and the IACT Committee.
What next? The IACT team is now hard at work planning IACT17. This will be the program’s tenth anniversary, so it’s bound to be another massive year. Make sure you sign up to the newsletter to get the latest updates on this year’s program.