RiverPitch, the ACS TV series searching for Australia’s best new scalable tech platform, debuts tonight.

Kicking off at 7.30pm on the Your Money channel, the show will feature eight entrepreneurs from Queensland looking to take their product to international markets:


Audeara was founded in 2014 by Brisbane doctors, Dr. James Fielding and Dr. Chris Jeffery to restore quality entertainment regardless of hearing ability, and help prevent the rising incidence of noise induced hearing loss. This led to the creation of a hearing test sound personalisation platform. The first application of the technology is in over-ear headphones with built-in hearing test. The company is focusing on three segments: music, health and gaming.


BenchOn’s B2B Talent sharing platform allows businesses to earn revenue when they really need it, by 'loaning' their staff to non-competing businesses that need specialist support. Businesses can manage the ups and downs of the business cycle with paid contracts for their staff in the tough times so they can keep them on as part of the team, and access to the high-quality hidden talent inside the best companies to support during the busy times. Businesses no longer need to fire staff in quiet periods.

Canaria Technologies

Canaria makes a medical grade wearable (worn on ear) powered by machine learning. The device reads user's vital signs and can predict fatigue, and in later versions, heat stroke. It can measure heart rate, heart-rate variability, blood oxygen, temperature, respiration and head position – all in real time. The device is being targeted to the mining, oil and gas sectors.


Orbmaps collects federal, state and local government data (big data) and reverse engineers each government area planning schemes into system that anyone can understand. Its patented technology uses big data filtration, computers recognition, remote sensing and more to help government and developers understand land supply. Orbmaps can be used as a strategic advantage in identifying and evaluating land for development.


PowerWells develops lighting solutions for remote applications. The company repurposes discarded laptop batteries for energy storage. Its target markets are the 1.2 billion people in the world without electricity and a further two billion without sufficient access to electricity. PowerWells believes micro-energy provision will be huge.


Realar is spatial visualisation software for real estate that combines AR and AI to help people buy and build new homes better off the plan. This means that using only a smartphone, users can quickly convert a floorplan (AI) into a life-size walkthrough in any open site (AR). Buyers and builders can understand plans, removing the fear of not knowing the details of the product they are investing in.


SiteSee produces artificial intelligence for telco equipment and condition assessment, reducing operation expense and increasing revenue. SiteSee solves real world real problems for cell tower owners and operators, by producing automated, accurate, repeatable audits of all cell tower equipment.

World’s Biggest Garage Sale

World's Biggest Garage Sale (WBGS) is a Brisbane based start-up, designing solutions to commercialise the ‘circular economy’ through the activation of dormant goods. The company maximises the value of goods already in the economy -- through resale, recycle, repurpose, rehome, renew, restore and recommerce. World’s Biggest Garage Sale diverts good from ending up in landfill and creating jobs.

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 8 New South Wales scale-ups taking part in RiverPitch.