PitchFest will see entrepreneurs gathered in Sydney to practice their pitching skills and get critical feedback. Source: Shutterstock

CeBIT Australia: 10 startup finalists picked for PitchFest

PITCHFEST, CeBIT Australia’s startup conference and exhibition portion, has selected 10 promising tech startups as finalists to make their pitches to a panel of business owners and tech experts on the last day of the event next week.

PitchFest will see entrepreneurs gathered in Sydney to practice their pitching skills and get critical feedback to help them fine-tune and ultimately, ace their potential pitches. Eight of the 10 finalists are from New South Wales, said NSW Industry Minister Niall Blair.

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“Eight of the 10 companies are based right here in NSW, including a great regional company Ontoto from Moss Vale, which is a leader in water monitoring technology,” Blair said.

“Our dominance at the PitchFest shows NSW remains the nation’s leader in startup activity with over 40 percent of startup founders in Australia coming from this great state.”

The finalists are:

  • Inkerz – education-focused Internet of Things company
  • Look Who’s Charging – fintech startup that helps customers simplify their credit card transactions
  • Rivuu – social media content organizer
  • Hosonto Middleware – end-to-end development platform for web and mobile apps
  • Sound Scouts – game aimed at testing children’s hearing
  • Share with Oscar – parking app nicknamed the “Airbnb for parking”
  • KeyHub – key storage facility for Airbnb hosts
  • Arludo – AR game for students and teachers
  • Ontoto – water monitoring solution
  • Smart Grid Energy – solar power metering system

CeBIT Australia’s organizer Hannover Fairs managing director Harvey Stockbridge said:

“CeBIT PitchFest has a proud history of unearthing and supporting Australia’s leading technology startups companies, including ingogo, Mathspace, and NetHealth.

“In 2017, the competition is stronger than ever before, reflecting the strength of Australia’s entrepreneurial community,” he said.