Celebrating entrepreneurship at the 2019 UTS Startups Awards
This year’s UTS Startups Awards showcased the depth of entrepreneurial talent and diversity of new businesses that startups at UTS are building.
From healthtech to fintech to lawtech to spacetech, and beyond, 29 startup finalists from UTS Startups competed in different categories, and for the top honours of UTS Startup of the Year, in a three-minute pitch of their business before a panel of startup industry experts.
Before a capacity audience at the Chau Chak Wing Auditorium, UTS Director of Entrepreneurship, Murray Hurps, said, “The UTS Startups Awards shows the best of the best of an incredible community of entrepreneurs at UTS.”
Tech Gym won UTS Startup of the Year, and the award for Most Investible Startup. Led by UTS Mechatronic Engineering student Rowan Smith, Tech Gym, innovates patient rehabilitation by using intelligent robotics to assist therapists in their day-to-day work with patients.
Smith said the $3000 prize for Startup of the Year would go far to help employ more team members to work with Tech Gym. Earlier this year Tech Gym entered The Actuator - Australia's National MedTech Catalyst in Melbourne, and also won the $12,000 first prize in the UTS Business 3P Innovation Competition.
Along with creating new startup jobs, several UTS startups are developing into high-earning businesses. From a competitive field of finalists including Bindi Maps, Arlula, Qorsi, Conexie, and Espresso Displays, the award for Fastest Growing Startup went to lawtech startup Resolution123, led by founder Carly Stebbing.
Building the future with startups
At present, the UTS Startups community has 700 members, including 300 students, working in 316 startups.
In August, UTS Startups marked its first birthday, and opened the doors to a new building at 608 Harris Street - a new home for our entrepreneurs at UTS.
Professor Margaret Maile Petty, Executive Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit, said UTS students are not waiting for a job, they’re making their own jobs now, and creating new jobs for others.
Petty encouraged the UTS startups community adding: “You are the risk-takers and the ones pursuing your dreams, who imagine the world filled with new possibilities, and you also have the talent and ambition to build the future you see.”
And the winners are...
- Best Application of Research
Nosewings - a magnetic nasal dilator developed to help people breathe better, sleep better and live better.
Team members: Phillippe Andre (UTS Business)
- Best Social Enterprise and People’s Choice Award
Maslow - a voice enabled rehabilitation assistant for young people with paralysis.
Team members: Andrew Akib (FASS), Nitin Fernandez, Ilya Thai (FEIT), Samantha Saengpan (FTDI, DAB), Esther Cha (FTDI, DAB), Steven Ralph
- Most Investible Startup - Tech Gym
Team members: Rowan Smith (FEIT), Minh Dang (FEIT), Joshua Shallita (FEIT), Abdu Moukahal (DAB), Luke Turner, Ron Pulido
- Hustler of the Year
Gecko - helps everyday Aussies make extra cash from items gathering dust in their home by lending them out.
Team members: Ben Kennedy (Business)
- Most Original Startup (Ideas)
Cloomein - uses mobile technology to send updates and receive feedback in real time, helping businesses have great relationships with their clients.
Team members: Miguel Munoz, Alex Munoz (FEIT), Jason Shone
- Most Original Startup (Established)
Wallsync - an app that deciphers the messiest of scribbles. Instantly transform your whiteboard and post-its into items in your digital tools.
Team members: Geoff Bullen (MBAe), Lucas Lovato, Omid Mohamad, Lakshay Bajaj
- Most Inspiring Startup
HandUp - Making mental health services more accessible for young people.
Team members: Hitha Raja (Business), Polly Au (Business and FEIT)
- Fastest-growing Startup
Resolution123 - makes employment law quick, simple and affordable for employees.
Team members: Carly Stebbing (Law), Genevieve Barry, Rachel Spittaler, Lee Stebbing, Bill Clarke
- Community Morale Award
Watashe - a Japanese-inspired fashion label providing young women with functional, trans-seasonal athleisure and streetwear.
Team members: Nick Dominique- Bouvat (Project Management, DAB)
- Most Supportive Faculty - UTS Business School
- Most Represented Faculty - UTS Engineering and Information Technology
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