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In 2017, my nan unfortunately had a stroke, and watching my nan go through this journey, I learned about the struggles of both the patient and also the therapist that helped them. For my nan, she was only receiving care three times a week for 20 minutes each time, and that’s just not good enough for a patient trying to reconnect their brain to the rest of their body.
When I asked the therapist what was going on and why she wasn’t getting that care, they just said it was understaffed and they couldn’t hire more people to serve everybody. I thought well, what can I do as an engineer and my experience in robotics? And I thought well, how about we have something that physically gets in there and helps the patient through their rehabilitation process, and that’s what Tech Gym’s doing.
Being at UTS lets me access some of the best facilities around, especially being deep tech and in robotics, it’s not every day that I get experience to just play with a $30,000 robot or go and use hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment to manufacture a prototype.
There’s lots of benefits to studying and working on my startup. It de-risks it for me, but it also gives me the benefits of learning at uni and then applying that straight into my startup. It also gives me the network that I need – there’s so many great founders around me in the community, and having access to that is probably one of the best parts.
I think UTS Startups just provides the support that I need to keep going. It’s the constant reminder that I’m not alone in this journey – I can walk down here and look around and see 20, 30, 40 people at a single instant at a time working really hard on their businesses and you just go, ‘Wow, like this is not just me.’
Out of the UTS Startup Awards we met our product development company that’s working with us now. From their Find Your Co-founder event, I actually found our business developer that we’re on-boarding at the moment and they’re going to come on board, which is huge, because we’ve got investment from investors coming in on the back of hiring that person, so that was a huge win for Tech Gym.
When you really are passionate, you’ve got to throw yourself into it. You’re not going to be an expert in everything at the start; the point is to learn and upskill yourself and surround yourself with the people who can actually teach you how to get into it.
I don’t just want to run a business because I want to be the founder of a company and the CEO of a company. I want to build a company that makes a real-world impact – it’s one of the reasons why I became an engineer in the first place, and this is one means of me completing that on my journey.
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Investible is an early-stage global investment group.
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Hayley and Nick were such a direct fit for our program, you know,
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the ideal interns are people who are naturally curious about entrepreneurship,
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but also in how they think and move, willing to learn, be agile, take on board 50 different things that we might throw on them.
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Really couldn’t have selected two better interns, who really supported us in owning this project.
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This internship has sparked a massive interest with me in startups.
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I came into it just wanting to experience the world and see what I would be doing,
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and it’s been absolutely incredible seeing how much I’ve grown as a person,
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as well as just sparking interest for future career paths.
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There’s no training program. It’s not like you go, okay day one you’re doing this, day two you're doing this, day three you’re doing this;
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Every day you’re going to get a new task, you get new responsibility, you’re going to get a new experience.
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At Investible, I’ve been really heavily involved in the planning of the Impact Games.
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So that started from data collection at the very beginning, all the way through to the execution of the event at the end.
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So it started off sourcing all the startups, looking online, finding people that would be suitable,
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and then it quickly evolved to project managing and testing out all the challenges,
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and how the event would actually run on the day, and all the planning behind that.
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It takes you some time to work into it, so they get to know who you are, you get to know the business,
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and your responsibilities grow within a couple of months when you get there.
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I’ve been exposed to so many different opportunities, one of the main ones being networking experiences.
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I’ve met so many different people, so many great people that are really interested in what I’m doing at university
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and what I can provide with them, and so I’ve got this massive network now
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of people who I would not have come into contact with if I didn’t take this internship.
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The networking, the people I’ve met, even just the other day, blokes saying ‘oh yeah, we’ll catch up for a coffee, discuss x, y, z’
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and you’re like oh well, I can’t believe as a 21 year old, these experienced professionals
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are willing to take that 5, 10, half an hour of their day just to have that conversation, to help you along your journey.
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From the Impact Games, a couple companies that I’m massively interested in and would want to work with,
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have been offering me to come and work with them. And then, with Investible,
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wanting to stay with them for as long as I can because it’s been so valuable,
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and all the skills that I’ve gained from working with them,
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and all the people I’ve met through them, is just invaluable and I never want to leave.