Five Australian startups are getting a great funding boost, receiving $25,000 cash grants from St.George Bank. This money will help take their business ideas and turn them into reality. The winners were awarded the grants after each delivering a ‘fast pitch’ at this week’s TEDxSydney conference held at the Sydney Opera House.
The winners of this year’s St.George Bank Kick Start Your Start-Up Grants program are:
SLEEPY BUB is a new business launching mid-2016 to bring sleep back into the family home, with a core product designed to help babies sleep safer and remain swaddled all night long.
AirBuddy provides the freedom to dive whenever you want without the hassle or the restrictive bulk of SCUBA gear. AirBuddy doesn’t require any air tanks, yet still offers 45 minutes of diving time at a depth of up to 12 meters (40 ft).
Conweigh is a new on demand, on site mobile container weighing service that provides shippers with the perfect balance of convenience, efficiency and affordability.
Iridium Dynamics are developing a novel, highly-efficient unmanned aircraft specifically for the agriculture industry.
BRiN is a smart-phone app that uses the power of Artificial Intelligence to provide human-like support to millions of business owners simultaneously.
General Manager Business Banking, St.George Banking Group, Cathy Yuncken, congratulated each of the winning entrepreneurs, as well as all of this year’s finalists, for their innovative ideas and
engaging pitches at TEDxSydney.
“The quality of all of this year’s entrants, and especially the five winning businesses, has been outstanding. The ideas presented cover varied industry sectors, from agriculture to business advice, and they highlight some of the incredible innovation alive among Australian small businesses”
TEDxSydney is traditionally an event that asks people to think differently, so its a very natural extension to connect funding with entrepreneurs who can put that creative thinking into ideas that make an impact in the world.
“At St.George, we’re committed to helping our customers start something and turn their ideas into reality. The winners of our Kick Start program now have a terrific cash boost to help take their business idea to the next level.”
To prepare for their pitch, each finalist received pre-event presentation training from the TEDxSydney team. The five winning businesses were selected by a panel of industry experts including: General Manager Business Banking, St.George Banking Group, Cathy Yuncken; TEDxSydney Founder and Licensee Remo Giuffré; and Founder and CEO of The Entourage, Jack Delosa.
This isn’t the first time St George has helped fund Aussie ideas, since 2014, their Kick Start program has helped small business owners by providing a total of $200,000 in grants. In 2016, St.George increased its grants from $10,000 to $25,000 to a total of $125,000 as part of its continued commitment to Australian small businesses.
For further information on all of this year’s finalists visit: www.stgeorge.com.au/kickstart