After months of development, honing their ideas at workshops
and consulting with mentors, the finalists in the Telstra Business Centre Coffs
Harbour Digital Innovation Challenge pitched their business proposals on
Pitching live to an audience of over 80 people and a panel
of five industry experts, seven prospective winners battled it out to share in
over $150,000 in prizes.
Now in its second year the Telstra Business Centre Coffs
Harbour Digital Innovation Challenge saw women dominate the podium with Jodie
Curtis and Vrindy Benson taking out the highly commended award for their COLLAB.
The App which connects entrepreneurs and creatives around the world to enable
them to grow their business or their portfolio.
The grand prize went to local business women Leanne Taylor,
Nanette Backhouse and Sam Chapman for their business platform Match My Ride that connects people who want
to buy a car with dealers.
“With the tech development team already based at the Coffs
Harbour Innovation Centre, the MatchMyRide platform is live and we have dealers
locked in. Thanks to this amazing prize package we will now be able to expand
our market reach and grow the business,” said Leanne Taylor from Match My Ride.
Startup Alley was a new highlight of the day, with 12 new
businesses showcasing their ideas to over 80 attendees. The diverse range of
businesses included Martin & Fortuin with their financial literacy
programs, Your Tech Mate providing affordable in-home IT helpdesk services,
through to Vertipot with a unique vertical growing system ideal for small space
gardening and horticulture.
“The overriding theme from all our speakers was that we can deliver
global businesses from the regions. Coffs is set to boom through innovation. We
have the connectivity, we have the creativity and now we have the entrepreneurial
community primed and ready to take-off,” said Stephen Saunders, Section Leader,
Industry and Destination Development.
Digital Innovation Challenge and Startup Alley participants
have all been part of the supportive business development environment provided
by 6 Degrees Coworking Hub. 6 Degrees
offers people with ideas at all stages of development the opportunity to Pitch
their Passion on a monthly basis to a panel of experts, develop their business
and use the space for motivation and networking with like- minded entrepreneurs
Based on the success of the event on the weekend, next year
is already shaping up to be bigger and bolder. So get involved now and be a
part of the supportive 6 Degrees community. www.sixdegreescoworking.com