Top entrepreneurs pitch to the Duke of York at Australia’s first [email protected] competition

September 19, 2017

The region’s best and brightest entrepreneurial minds are currently polishing their pitches for HRH The Duke of York, Prince Andrew after being named among the top 17 regional finalists in the inaugural [email protected] Australia start-up competition.

The entrepreneurs will present their start-up concepts in person to the Duke, as he joins the judging panel for the [email protected] regional final, to be hosted at Bond University this Friday, 22 September.

From this event, eight regional finalists will be selected to attend a national Boot Camp at Wollongong next week, where they will be joined by a further 16 finalists from the other States to be mentored by a number of leading Australian and international business identities.

Half of these Boot Camp entrepreneurs will then be selected to pitch their ideas at the [email protected] Australian final, to be held at Government House in Sydney next Wednesday, 27 September. The winning team will be crowned Australia’s best and then be flown to London to represent Australia at the global final of [email protected] at St James' Palace on 6 December, 2017.

The budding business moguls will showcase an array of innovative ideas and inventions at the Bond University event, including a Tinder-like app for airport travellers, a new banking platform, improved cold sore treatment, cyber-security technology, and an app that uses storytelling to support mental health (more details below).

The Duke of York said he was delighted to be able to bring [email protected] to Australia.

"[email protected] is designed to support, enhance and add value to start-up and scale-up companies by providing a platform for entrepreneurs and audiences to meet, network and hear the great ideas that are being commercialised and built by the next generation of entrepreneurs," he said.

"I am looking forward to visiting all the locations where Pitch is to take place, and wish the entrepreneurs, wherever they may be in Australia, a successful time engaging with [email protected].”

Bond University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford, said he was very pleased with the calibre of entries received.

“Our judges have been seriously impressed by the quality of entries we have received, and excited by their diversity and creativity,” he said.

“We are very much looking forward to hosting His Royal Highness, the Duke of York and 17 of the region’s most innovative minds here at Bond University.

“Bond University’s brand is synonymous with innovation and entrepreneurship, and we are proud and excited at being part of the first chapter of the [email protected] Australia story.  

[email protected] Australia will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for entrepreneurs to pitch their business idea here on the Gold Coast and earn the opportunity to showcase their talent on a global stage.

"I would like to congratulate the top 17 regional finalists for making it this far, and look forward to welcoming them to Bond’s entrepreneurial eco-system on 22 September.”


Accessibili-t, by Kathryn Lyons, is a not for profit charity which acts as an education-based change agency for the disabled, using new assistive IP devices to encourage inclusion and improved accessibility.

Banish My Cold Sore:
Banish, by Sean Moore, has recently completed market testing of a new treatment for the common cold sore virus. The unique blend of active ingredients and excipients has resulted in a strong value proposition whereby 93% of trial users claimed Banish heals cold sore outbreaks faster than any other product they have used in the past. Banish is about to undergo evaluation from the Therapeutic Goods Administration in order to fully commercialise.

BlockGrain, by Caile Ditterich and Baden U'Ren, increases efficiency and transparency in the grain management and logistics industry with its integrated cloud-based platform.

Blue Lens Innovation:
Blue Lens Innovation is an enterprise that has developed a model to take start up ideas from conception to the market place. Blue Lens carefully selects ideas and technologies that it understands, knows how to accelerate to market and can commercialise reliably with its partners. Blue Lens works with universities, organisations and entrepreneurs to help develop and introduce innovation to the world.

CryptoPhoto, by Chris Drake, offers high-security authentication that is extremely fast and easy. The technology protects everyday users against almost all online and offline attacks.

FAEBELLA, by Alisha Geary, is a luxury active wear brand which offers apparel with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art designs. The company's mission is to share the rich culture and history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by presenting their art on active wear.

Flowpay Australia:
Flowpay Australia, by Manfred Neustifter and Luke D'Alessandro, is a banking platform which enables supply chains to improve cash-flow. The solution integrates payroll, bills, accounts receivable and payable.

Fresh&Go, by Lukas Beisswenger, is focused on sustainable cleaning solutions, particularly for shoes, which are affordable for all demographics. 

Hang Around:
Hang Around is the brainchild of Gus Bruno and is an application designed to allow people to connect with fellow travellers in airports around the world. 

KOORCA, by Rusty Broad, is a rural tech start-up developing solutions to improve emergency response capability and public safety worldwide. The primary product is the KOORCA smartphone app.

Nev House:
NevHouse, by Nev Hyman, turns recycled plastic and other sustainable materials into low cost homes, schools and medical clinics. These structures are constructed in five days or less and function off the grid.

PickUp Australia:
PickUp Australia, by Christine Makumbe, is a transport service which uses the power of technology to provide an online transport booking and journey planning platform for people with a disability, the elderly, or those with limited mobility.
Promis, by Cameron Lawrence, is a bill management software that assists organisations and businesses to eliminate time and money spent on bookkeeping and accounts processing. Promis reduces the manual steps and associated human error through smart automation.

Pummel Fitness:
Pummel Fitness, by Damien King, is an innovative platform and mobile app focusing on assisting fitness professionals to maximise their business potential through offline and online sales.

Quoject, by Annabel Vassella, is a holistic commercial marketplace which brings together clients and service providers to transact, collaborate, share and educate via cutting edge automated IT solutions and service offerings.

Scan2Invoice, by Bjoern Krollner, is a scanning software that scans paper invoices, extracts data and exports to accounting software saving time and money in data entry.

Zottie Dottie:
Zottie Dottie, by Zoie Carroll, uses digital storytelling to destigmatise mental health, helping Australians become more resilient. Zottie Dottie has shared more than 750 stories in the short space of 18 months with its global audience of more than 900,000 people, and gently guides Australians towards the appropriate support services available.

What is [email protected]?

The Duke of York founded [email protected] in 2014 to provide a platform to amplify and accelerate the work of entrepreneurs. [email protected] is an initiative set up by The Duke of York to guide, help and connect entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses with potential supporters, including CEOs, mentors and business partners. For more information click here.