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Local innovators showcase their startups at the Plus Eight City of Joondalup Pre-Accelerator Pitch Night

Jun 12, 2024

On Tuesday evening, we welcomed over 70 founders, mentors, investors, and startup ecosystem supporters to Riff for the City of Joondalup Pre-Accelerator Pitch Night. This event shone a spotlight on eight of the exceptional startup founders who recently completed our six-week Plus Eight Pre-Accelerator program.

Over the past six weeks, these founders immersed themselves in intensive business growth activities, participating in weekly masterclasses facilitated by Jeremy Chetty, Co-Founder of Student Edge. They covered key topics including business model development, product prototyping, fundraising, pitching and much more. They also connected with a network of influential mentors, gaining invaluable guidance and support.

The culmination of their hard work was showcased on Tuesday evening. The space buzzed with energy, excitement, and a strong sense of community as each founder took the stage, presenting their pitches and captivating the audience with their passion and vision.

Meet the startups who pitched below.

Achieving simplicity in managing road networks through AI and machine learning.

Eliminating waste at its source and revolutionising waste management through innovative technologies to inspire a world with no waste.

CryspIQ prepares and organises all your data and makes it ready for AI.

Starpoint Australis
Specialising in intelligent, bespoke astronomy equipment and experiences.

My Study Mate
‘Uber for Tutors’ app, designed to help secondary school aged students achieve higher grades.

Higher Swing
Connecting families to effective mental health solutions, through a two-sided marketplace connecting parents and program providers.

Boundless Minds
Helping young individuals find their life purpose.

Tech Aware
Mitigating the risk of harmful mental health content on students by educating them about social media.

Following the pitches, our esteemed panel of judges, including David Waller, Allan Conolly, and Kay, provided feedback and asked insightful questions before deliberating to choose the winning teams.

Congratulations to our winning teams, including Boundless Minds, who took home first place, winning a $200 voucher for the Joondalup Resort and a six month coworking membership at Riff. In second place was Starpoint Australis, who won a $100 voucher for the Joondalup Resort and a 4 month coworking membership at Riff, and TerraChar, winning a $50 voucher for the Joondalup Resort and a 2 month coworking membership at Riff.

We’d like to thank our panel of judges, David Waller, Allan Connolly, and Kay Solanki, as well as our dedicated mentors, including Cema Santos, Jonathan Weinberg, Harin Rajeswaran, Kieran Hutcheson, Isis Nair, Paul Cannavan, Kerry Milne, and the program facilitator, Jeremy Chetty, for their invaluable support.

The Pitch Night was a resounding success, highlighting the talent and potential of local entrepreneurs. As we continue to support early-stage startups through programs like Plus Eight, we are excited to see how these innovative businesses will grow and thrive.

Thank you to the City of Joondalup and Redi Software for making this program possible.

Interested in getting involved in Plus Eight? Learn more and express your interest in our range of business growth programs, including our six week Pre-Accelerator and six month seed-funded Accelerator program, via our website here.