Single person vehicles, a digital assistant for farmers and an app that converts recipes to online shopping lists are among the 15 Australian start-ups selected to be part of the HWA Lab and competing for $85,000 in development grants at Hybrid World Adelaide this month.
Rae Johnston from pop-culture and technology zeitgeist Gizmodo will host the HWA Lab finals pitch session at the HWA Conference on July 23-24. The HWA Lab is supported and hosted by the University of South Australia’s Innovation & Collaboration Centre, highlights the immense range of industries, evolving tech culture and applications being developed across Australia.
Hybrid World Adelaide Creative Director, Robert Tercek said that he was deeply impressed by the calibre of this year’s entrants. “This year’s applications were exceptional. Narrowing the field down to just 15 participants was extremely difficult, almost painful,” said Mr Tercek.
Key stand out applications for this year’s HWA Lab include Wagga Wagga’s Tim Klapdor’s agtech digital assistant venture Kelpie, aimed at improving farmers’ access and interaction with the digital age. Improving the automotive sector one idea at a time is the mission of Victoria’s Davis Tolley through his Capsule Vehicles, an early stage start-up on a mission to create the ultimate single person vehicle, combining the comfort and safety of a car with the low cost and efficiency of a bike.
The HWA LAB gives local and national start-ups and established companies the opportunity to develop their projects with the help of world-class digital and technology experts. Selected participants will receive invaluable industry advice and feedback on their projects. On July 20 and 21, the interactive boot-camp style lab will bring together applicants and mentors to share ideas and bring them to reality. The selected entrepreneurs will be mentored by international and local industry leaders, including one of Finland’s leading business speakers André Noël Chaker, Hybrid World Adelaide’s Creative Director and technology futurist Robert Tercek, TechinSA’s Industry Development Director Judy Halliday, USA CEO Dr Phillip Alvelda, and many more.
One of the Lab Partners, South Australian startup support agency TechInSA, has a strong track record in helping startups drive their business forward, with successful companies such as Myriota, Inovor, Life Whisperer and RHS accessing TechInSA’s grants and support networks to scale up. Judy Halliday, TechInSA’s Industry Development Director, is one of the mentors during the two-day workshop, and is excited to work with participants on making their vision a reality.