SolFlow announced as the winner for Croc Pitch 2018!
The Winner of Croc Pitch 2018 is Keith Jury with SolFlow, a Darwin based Australian company specialising in the development of Solar PV Direct technology.
SolFlow’s technology draws upon solar power when the sun is shining, then transitions to mains power when it’s cloudy or at night saving you money off your energy bill.
The $100,000 first prize will go towards development of their pool pump system, which includes an inbuilt chlorinator and automatic backwash system controlled by an app. Keith will now go on to pitch his idea at StartCon’s Asia Pacific Pitch Competition in Sydney for a chance at a $1 million investment.
Second place was awarded to Amy Page with Belly Bunker, an inflatable pregnancy bed with a belly hole which embraces pregnant mothers, and protects the baby.
Third place was awarded to Mobi, a ridesharing app that will allow people heading in the same direction the ability to connect with each other.
The Darwin Innovation Hub and Northern Territory Government put out the call with their flagship event Croc Pitch and the Northern Territory answered with 30 brave participants pitching their business ideas over the course of the day.
The event occurred on the 9th of October as part of October Business Month’s Innovation week, which is gearing up to be an incredible week for entrepreneurs, startups, SMEs and investors.
The day included speeches from 3 Darwin success stories, Steven Rowe from SRA Information Technology, Pippa Ainsworth from the Trader and Darren Ford from Service M8. It provided 4 workshops in the morning specially designed for innovation start-ups, leading into the pitch competition at midday. With 13 judges in total, Croc Pitch was an exciting showcase of the best innovation and business ideas the Territory has. Grand finale judges included, Harley Paroulakis – CEO of DIH and Paspalis; Suzanne Hullick – State General Manager, SA/NT Commercial Banking, National Head of Indigenous Business at Westpac; Larry Lopez, Director – Accelerating Commercialisation at Department of Industry, Innovation and Science; and Dr Steve Shanahan – Pro Vice Chancellor, Higher Education at Charles Darwin University.
The Minister for Business and Innovation, Hon Nicole Manison launched her innovation policy at the event on the night, while also presenting the Grand Finale Prize to the winning contestant.