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Genesis - picking world class innovators and entrepreneurs

30 Oct 2013

Final pitch fest to select 2013 winners

A watch that transmits an alert when the elderly wearer falls; a smart phone app that makes a charitable donate when the user fails to stick to a resolution and self adjustable glasses for people with no access to an optometrist are good ideas but will they see the light of day?

This week, these and other start-up concepts will compete in the University of Sydney Business School's prestigious Genesis Entrepreneurship Competition before a panel of judges able to recognise "real world" potential.

Last year's winner, WeSit, an app that linked babysitters with clients, went on to secure financial backing from Blackberry.

"Genesis exists to encourage students to innovate, to become entrepreneurs and to establish their own businesses," said Dr Richard Seymour, a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Strategic Management. "The calibre of this year's entrants has been outstanding."

Over the past 10 weeks, 60 teams competing in two categories - business and technology start-ups and social and not for profit start-ups - have taken part in workshops aimed at helping them to validate and develop their ideas. "All entrants have gained enormous value from the workshops and networking opportunities," said Dr Seymour.

The 11 finalists who will be pitching ideas in a wide range of areas from software development to e-learning, recruitment and waste management, have also been mentored by some of Australia's leading entrepreneurs.

Pitch Fest Details

DateFriday 1st November
Time4:15 pm
VenueNew Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney
Webhttp://sydney.edu.au/business/genesis
Contact Trevor Watson phone 02 9351 1918 or 0418 648 099
Georgia Kia phone 0402 916 369