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Brisbane’s entrepreneurs of the future share $45,000 in startup funding

Published:
19/01/2017

Lord Mayor's Budding Entrepreneurs Program Judges
Photo: Lord Mayor's Budding Entrepreneurs Program Round 7 judges Jess Huddart, Schalk Pienaar, Cat Matson and Jock Fairweather

Nine of Brisbane's up-and-coming digital entrepreneurs leading the way for technology startups will share in $45,000 from Round 7 of the Lord Mayor's Budding Entrepreneurs Program.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today announced nine successful winners in the latest round of grants, encouraging entrepreneurs to take the next step with their startup ideas.

Cr Quirk said every entry showed great initiative, ranging from applications designed to monitor and manage the progress of recovery and rehabilitation, to a service that guards travellers from potential threats.

The program provides budding Brisbane tech entrepreneurs with grants to help with their professional development.

“We heard from successful applicants bringing us a wide range of services, including bridging the market gap between consumers and law firms to provide instant, legal guidance, through to social messaging applications, and an application that allows anybody to access and book a tutor, coach or mentor online,” Cr Quirk said.

Midwives and nurses caring for multiple patients anywhere in the world could soon have access to an app providing timely reminders and procedural prompts, and a children’s game is set to change how we look at diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by using the platform to detect early signs of the disorder.

Other applications aim to make the recruiting of blood donors easier, and new technology focusing on rehabilitation for hearing-impaired adults or adult cochlear implant recipients should impress even the biggest sceptics of the digital age.

“The Budding Entrepreneurs program is one of the reasons that Brisbane is considered an innovation capital, rated in the top 15 per cent of cities worldwide for nurturing innovation,” Cr Quirk said.

Since its launch in 2013, the program has provided $300,000 of funding to 60 up-and-coming Brisbane tech entrepreneurs to help get their startups to the next level.

View the Round 7 Lord Mayor’s Budding Entrepreneurs Program winners

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