Last Monday night, Innovation Bay Sydney brought together five more entrepreneurs and a room full of investors and community supporters for another fantastic evening of pitches and networking.
Hosted at the brilliant Claire's Kitchen Le Salon, our second Angel Dinner of the year was a great success. We were treated to five excellent pitches that showcased the diversity in Australian tech right now, from AI delivering content and 3D printing, to a micro-payment platform for content, to augmented and mixed reality platforms transforming experiences for consumers.
Whilst the teams were all at different stages in their startup journey, the dinner demonstrated that Sydney's entrepreneurial ecosystem continues to shine.
The first pitch of the evening was from Ricky Sutton from Oovvuu who are changing the way video is watched, distributed and monetised. They are using AI and the cloud to enable every video to get from every broadcaster to every viewer, anywhere, in under a second. It does this by moving broadcasters' video into the cloud and using AI to 'watch' them to learn what they are about. Ensuring the right content gets to the right people.
Second to pitch was Leanne Connelly representing Me3D. Me3D is providing one complete and scaleable product including hardware, software materials, curriculum linked lessons to unlock the potential of every child. The team based in Woolongong are pioneering the way schools and students use 3D printing, their generation of AI enabled hardware will allow schools to take up 3D printing on a scale that's never been possible before.
Third up was Kain Tietzel from StartVR. Start VR specialises in Interactive Cinematic VR (ICVR) experiences that enable consumers to have agency in the stories outcome and feel empowered in controlling the story. Start VR has a custom VR publishing platform “Startgate” which has published over 13+ VR apps for all the major headsets and an original content division selling VR experiences directly to consumers. Start VR aims to be the HBO/Netflix of VR.
The fourth pitch was James Jansson from Tapview, an easy to use, unified micropayments and content access platform that makes paying for content extremely simple. Tapview maximises customer engagement by streamlining the user experience. Users can pay for and access content on any website in the Tapview network with just one click and will transform the way publishers are able to generate supplementary revenue and help to retain and grow their user base.
The final pitch of the evening came from Paul Martin from tagSpace a mixed reality software platform. It implements a brand new breed of location-based technology which augments reality with interactive 3D computer graphics, then integrates a powerful social interaction experience. tagSpace is accessible to all smartphone users, enables outdoor experiences, and integrates with social media, and includes and easy-to-use authoring portal for businesses.
After all the pitches were done and many bottles of red wine had been drunk, the room voted on their favourite pitch. Congratulations to Ricky Sutton from Oovvuu was voted the best pitch on the night by our angel audience.
It was yet again another brilliant evening that shows that the calibre of entrepreneurs and startups in Australia continues to get better.
Thanks to all the entrepreneurs that pitched and to our angels who continue to support the community.
Special thanks to our sponsors for their continued support of Innovation Bay and the entrepreneur ecosystem - Deloitte, Gilbert + Tobin, Macquarie, Optus Innov8
Look out for the next Dinner on Monday 14th August - applications open now!