31 March 2015 Take the Digital Innovation Challenge

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31 March 2015 Take the Digital Innovation Challenge

Council and a number of local sponsors, TELSTRA, Janison, ETC, SCU, Coffs Harbour Innovation Centre and Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce – plus Sydney-based start-up incubators BlueChilli - have together created the TELSTRA Stores Coffs Harbour Digital Innovation Challenge.


“The Challenge is a competition designed to inspire budding entrepreneurs to create and pitch their innovative digital solution to improve business - and provide them with the prize money and specialist support they need to make it happen,” said Coffs Harbour Deputy Mayor, Councillor Sally Townley who launched the Digital Innovation Challenge today (March 31).


“As a city at the forefront of digital innovation, this Challenge is an excellent way to help foster local entrepreneurs.”


The Challenge is open to any type of business improvement solution or market need. For example, it can be a business2business solution, consumer application or a social enterprise.


A total of $10,000 worth of cash and prizes is on offer over two categories – Open Entrepreneur (25s and Over) and Youth Entrepreneur (Under 25s). The competition will run from April 2015 to June 2015 and is split into three stages:




· Stage 3 – THE LIVE PITCH


Each pitch must involve a digital component within the business solution – be it using software, web, mobile, app, telemetry, cloud, analytics, sensors or other such enabling technology. As part of the Challenge, a series of events and workshops have been developed to help local entrepreneurs develop business ideas and pitches to make sure that all entrants have the best opportunity of winning. Finalists will each have five minutes to pitch their idea to an expert Judging Panel, followed by questions from the Panel.


For more information or to sign up, go to www.digitalinnovationchallenge.com.au