Croc Pitch at Developing Northern Australia Conference 2022

Croc Pitch Conference

An intriguing partnership was made this year between the Darwin Innovation Hub and Developing Northern Australia Conference to deliver DIH’s annual Croc Pitch event in Mackay.

On July 7th, eight finalists from Northern Australia pitched their innovations designed to advance Australia’s northern regions to a group of expert judges; Emma Nesbitt, Allan Dale, Louie Trajkoski and Michael Horne. Among these eight individuals, Marcel Morokutti from E-abode Pty Ltd took his bamboo blocks to the stage and snapped up victory – winning the opportunity to pitch in the Croc Pitch Grand Final in Darwin for a prize of $1 million in venture capital, including flights and accommodation for two people to attend the October event in person. Not only that, Marcel will receive mentoring, strategic advice, relevant introductions, and guidance from industry experts.

“Designed using engineered, interlocking bamboo blocks to create a self-supporting structure, MOROBLOCK completely dispels the myth that there is nothing stronger than concrete. Its construction is more simpler, more efficient and requires no core filling OR studs and noggins, resulting in extremely effective insulative properties.

MOROBLOCK’s efficiency continues into its transportation and renovation. The material required to build a 3-bedroom house can fit onto 4 standard pallets, which reduces transportation costs as well as its carbon footprint. Its self-supporting structure also facilitates ease of plumbing and electrical installations.

Stress tests conducted at the Cyclone Testing Station (CTS) at James Cook University, Townsville, highlighted MOROBLOCK’s strength and durability as it well surpassed category 5 cyclone rating requirements… MOROBLOCK is versatile, sustainable, and cost effective with incredible potential.” – Marcel Morokutti from E-abode Pty Ltd

About Croc Pitch

Hosted by the DIH, Croc Pitch is an annual event held in October for global, national or local entrepreneurs or growing businesses that have a scalable innovation, product or technology that will provide a direct benefit to the Northern Territory. The participants are judged by nationally recognised expert business leaders, investors, innovators, and government funding partners for their chance to win up to $1 million in venture capital.

Croc Pitch is a gathering point of innovative ideas taking shape in the NT, attracting investors and potential business partners. It’s the perfect networking opportunity.