RiverPitch, the ACS TV series searching for Australia’s best new tech superstars, hits Sydney this week in its quest to find Australia's next big company.
Last week, four scale-ups from Brisbane progressed to the next round. These were hearing test headphone company Audeara, augmented reality scale-up Realar, medical grade wearables business Canaria, and marketplace World's Biggest Garage Sale.
Watch Your Money tonight at 7.30pm to see the eight entrepreneurs from NSW battle it out:
Cruiser Interactive uses large interactive screens to build collaboration and presentation solutions. This includes touch tables and interactive walls and the company now has 175 active licenses across 50 clients. Its client list ranges from large corporates to emergency services, with the screens helping reduce decision making time. The company has ambitions to become a global leader in the space.
Virtual Reality (VR) company Equal Reality uses innovative technology to revolutionise diversity and inclusion training. The VR solution allows users to "walk a mile in someone else's shoes" as a way to experience discrimination or inappropriate behaviour. It has so far worked with businesses, schools and diversity and inclusion trainers around the world and is now moving toward a SaaS business model.
Hum is a B2B food marketplace, developed as a purely digital wholesale food marketplace. Cafes, restaurants, caterers and pubs all make up the target audience for Hum. With restaurants sometimes dealing with upwards of 20 suppliers, the company hopes it can simplify the process by creating one easy system. It is also hoped that it can drive down food prices.
Fin 15 is an automated customer relationship management system targeting the finance sector. The automated software collects data online from clients in around 15 minutes, a process that usually takes three hours. It replaces paper-based data collection and collates it into a web interface.
Sound Scouts provides affordable and reliable hearing checks for children at school - something that previously could only be done by a trained professional. The app lets children play a game on a mobile device that checks for three different types of hearing issues. It is targeted at both parents and clinicians and has already engaged with the Australian Government's Department of Health.
Online marketplace Spare Workspace allows businesses to share and book on-demand meeting spaces, training rooms and desk space. Bookings can be made by the hour or day. It markets itself as "the Airbnb of meeting rooms" and looks to attract SMEs that have under-utilised office spaces. There is also a market for large corporates in need of a space for an off-site.
Staybil is looking to reduce the travel times and operational costs for companies and workers. The Workforce Geo Optimisation Engine uses transport APIs, mapping and machine-learning to optimise rostering, deployment, routing and scheduling of mobile workers.
Unleash live uses AI technology and live video to help companies better manage resources and make faster decisions. The AI algorithm tracks objects from live video streams from cameras, drones, robots, mobile phones and IoT sensors. It has already started working with the NSW Government, City of San Francisco and City of Sacremento, and is now a partner company with AWS Amazon.
About River Pitch
RiverPitch is a television concept based on a program developed at River City Labs, which was acquired by ACS in 2018 from well-known entrepreneur and investor Steve Baxter.
In all, 24 candidates will battle it out for a $20,000 prize, including business mentoring and a mission to one of the world’s leading technology hubs.
The judges are ACS President Yohan Ramasundara, ACS CEO Andrew Johnson, and COO of fintech HashChing, Siobhan Hayden.
Contestants will work with experienced business leaders Steve Baxter, Peter James and Sheona Devin as mentors.
Which scale-up should move onto the next round? We’d love to hear your thoughts below!
NEXT WEEK: Join us as we profile the eight Victorian scale-ups taking part in RiverPitch.