Last Wednesday night, Innovation Bay Perth held its first Angel Dinner for 2017. Hosted at the popular Kailis Bros in Leederville, the event brought together entrepreneurs, investors and local community supporters to hear pitches from three growing local startups.
Whilst the teams were all at different stages in their startup journey, the dinner demonstrated the growing maturity of the Perth entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Holly Ade-Simpson from Formalytics took out the spot as the crowd favourite. Holly shared her story of turning down a Google internship to launch myKicks, a computer-vision enabled soccer training app.
The pitches presented for investment were:
Cribber, Mike Watson
Cribber provides worksite managers a direct line of communication to their workforce, visitors and stakeholders via their own secure mobile newsfeed. Through a mix of in-app push notifications and SMS messages, Cribbers allows managers to share rich information and receive immediate feedback from their team members.
Stuck, Brendan Stocks
Stuck offers on-demand roadside assistance to motorists who have no pre-arranged roadside assistance cover. Through an Android and iOS app, Stuck is seeking to help the 4.5 million Australians whose vehicles break down each year, but want to avoid paying high joining fees from incumbent providers. Stuck launched in Western Australia and has recently expanded to Sydney, Darwin and Brisbane.
myKicks (Formalytics), Holly Ade-Simpson & Tom Riordan
myKicks combines computer vision, augmented reality and artificial intelligence to turn any ball into a smart ball. Through video analysis, myKicks enables any soccer player with a smartphone to film their kicks and receive feedback on speed, placement and trajectory. The myKicks team are notable in having already raised $1 million seed-funding and secured a number of strategic partners to launch their app in the 3rd quarter of 2017.
Left to right: Brendan Stocks (Stuck), Derek Gerrard (Go Capital & Innovation Bay), Tom Riordan (Formalytics), Mike Watson (Cribber), Holly Ade-Simpson (Formalytics)