Australia’s start-up community on show at CeBIT Australia – 2 days to go

THE NATION's most innovative start-ups will showcase their ground-breaking ideas next week at CeBIT Australia, the Asia Pacific’s premier business technology event at Sydney Olympic Park, May 2-4, through a start-up exhibition zone, dedicated conference and annual PitchFest.

Start-ups are estimated to deliver $109 billion to the Australian economy and create over half a million jobs by 2033. NSW is home to two-thirds of Australia’s technology start-up companies and has the largest expenditure on research and development of any Australian State. 

CeBIT Australia with its official partner, the NSW Government, has created a one of a kind innovation hub on the exhibition floor – The StartUp Zone. Entrepreneurs will showcase their innovations, share knowledge and connect with investors, venture capitalists and former start-ups that have transitioned into multi-million dollar, multinational companies.

The dedicated StartUp Conference will by emceed by Brad Rosser, Founder, TiE Board and Charter Member, BSF Group, and will delve into a world of insights from leading individuals.

Keynote presentations will include Bill Ferris, AC – Australia’s first venture capitalist and Chair of the Innovation and Science Australia Board, Australian Government; The Hon. John Barilaro MP, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Skills, Minister for Small Business, NSW Government; Karen Borg, CEO, Jobs for NSW; Anne-Marie Birkill, Partner and Executive Director, OneVentures; Jules Lund, Founder / TV & Radio Host, Tribe; and Gen George, Founder and Managing Director, OneShift.

Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Hannover Fairs recognises the potential of connecting entrepreneurial minds within the fast-paced ICT community.

“The success of today’s start-ups are core to the strength of Australia’s economy tomorrow. CeBIT Australia provides a platform for business tech-preneurs to launch their ideas to the world.

“Australian start-ups including Airly, TouchOne, Knokal and SafeT Email will share their exciting innovations, giving them to a platform to share, source funding and learn from experienced entrepreneurs,” said Mr Stockbridge.

PitchFest is back in 2016, enabling start-up exhibitors the chance to pitch their business ideas to esteemed judges Steve Baxter, Founder, River City Labs and Shark on Shark Tank Australia and Karen Borg, CEO, Jobs for NSW.

Finalists battling it out to win PitchFest include 3DBrink which designs and manufactures Delta robot 3D printers; Blrt an app to get your point across quickly by talking, pointing and drawing over images, websites and documents; Health Care Innovate a fully, mobile, secure collaboration platform for health professionals; NetHealth-Data the next generation in tele-monitoring in the eHealth space; Open Orbit a diagnostic platform for business process optimisation; Operations Intelligence which delivers Industrial Process Control Solutions and Machine Learning using industrial IoT Platform and Artificial Intelligence; Propeller Aerobotics which unlocks the power of the drone; Shippit, the web’s simplest shipping platform; The Smart Form Guide which introduces the gambling software; VR Panos which specializes in the production of beautiful, fully customised, one piece 3D cardboard goggles; and Xigrom introducing teleporting apps.

“CeBIT is proud to have launched successful start-up exhibitors over the past few years, who have gone on to find global success, including Ingogo and Mathspace. We look forward to another competitive PitchFest,” added Mr Stockbridge.

The StartUp Conference and PitchFest on Wednesday, 4 May 2016 are open to CeBIT exhibition pass holders.

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