The 2011 Winner

WizzyBoard

Developed by Leigh Angus and Nimrod Klayman from Prompt Management, WizzyBoard enables online games and toys to be augmented to touchscreen devices such as iPads and iPhones.

"The technology not only takes advantage of the penetration of touchscreen devices such as iPads, it takes advantage of the trend in parents allowing children to use their iPad and their desire to integrate educational content into this use." said an excited co-founder Leigh Angus, after winning the competition.

1. WizzyBoard Investment Pitch




2. Interview with WizzyBoard co-founder Leigh Angus



MEDIA RELEASE
: 31st October 2011

Entrepreneurs take home $50,000 prizes in Geelong’s I.T. Competition

A technology project called WizzyBoard™, which is positioning itself to be a global leader in fully integrated ‘edutainment’ apps and toys, took out ICT Geelong's $50,000 I.T. Invention Test at The Technology Entrepreneurship Forum in Geelong on 28th October.

The $50,000 I.T. Invention Test – an investment pitching competition - was the highlight in a day where leading technology entrepreneurs and start-up investors educated around 200 attendees at The Pier in Geelong. Keynote speakers included;

  • Jerry Engel – Founder of the Entrepreneurship Center at the University of California (Berkeley)
  • Naomi Simson– Founder of RedBalloon.com.au
  • Jordan Green – Founder of the Melbourne Angels, angel investor group
  • Dr Richard Helmer – Research Engineer for the CSIRO- Australian Institute of Sport Partnership
  • Hon Gordon Rich-Phillips – Minister for Technology (State Government of Victoria)

Developed by Leigh Angus and Nimrod Klayman from Prompt Management, WizzyBoard enables online games and toys to be augmented to touchscreen devices such as iPads and iPhones.

“The technology not only takes advantage of the penetration of touchscreen devices such as iPads, it takes advantage of the trend in parents allowing children to use their iPad and their desire to integrate educational content into this use.” said an excited co-founder Leigh Angus, after winning the competition.

Ms Angus took home $10,000 in cash, a 1-week entrepreneurship course to the University of California (Berkeley) and a 2-day technology start-up bootcamp with Pitcher Partners.

“It’s great to be recognized by a panel of six venture capitalist and angel investors” continues Leigh. “It gives us great confidence prior to our launch”.

One of the judges included Prof Jerry Engel – a world leader in technology entrepreneurship educator from the University of California (Berkeley). He was also on the advisory board of Leapfrog, a global player in electronic toys.

“The technology is fantastic. WizzyBoard has a great opportunity to succeed.” said Prof Engel. “They are certainly on the right track with the patentable technology they have developed, and Leigh has also been able to assemble a strong advisory board which is critical to the success of young technology businesses.”

Runner’s up in the competition was TV Feeds developed by Chris Gillard and Raef Akehurst from Project Project. TV Feeds is a website and app that allows people to have live conversations about TV shows they are watching”.

“It’s TV’s missing link” said Mr Gillard. “It’s an interactive bridge connecting networks directly with the audience, while allowing them to leverage and monetise the growing trend of viewer’s multitasking while watching TV”.

The other Runner’s up, who will also take the trip to Berkeley, was Jen Sharpe from Think HQ. An expert in corporate social responsibility, Ms Sharpe’s project is a corporate payroll giving platform that provides transaction management, reporting and customized publishing for corporate and charity giving.

“It addresses payroll giving and disaster relief in Australia which is currently facilitated through paper-based data collection and manual reporting” said Ms Sharpe.

“The quality of the finalists’ pitches were outstanding” said Jordan Green, Founder of Melbourne Angels. “In fact, we have decided to invite each finalist to pitch to our Screening Committee (if they have a desire for investors).” Each of the finalists were also exclusively invited to a private entrepreneurship bootcamp facilitated Prof Engel, aimed at helping each of them progress their projects forward.

An award was also offered to the best I.T.-based sports technology which was sponsored by the CSIRO-Australian Institute of Sport Partnership. James Lee from Q Sports Technology, who have developed a wearable technology for swimmers, took out the $5,000 prize in this stream which was aimed at identifying sports technologies that can maximize elite athletes performance.

“The Forum is an excellent platform to educate businesses, research institutes, universities and government on key elements of successful technology entrepreneurship. When you look at the line-up of our speakers, the judging panel, and the sponsors it’s pretty impressive”. said Robert Reed, Chairman of ICT Geelong.

The event, hosted by ICT Geelong, the I.T. advocacy body of the Geelong Region, was sponsored by Deakin University, Berkeley, Melbourne Angels, Pitcher Partners, CSIRO-AIS, Commercialisation Australia, the City of Greater Geelong and the State Government of Victoria.

“It reflects well on our city‟s standing both local and internationally as a hub for innovation and our ability to reach out to the world to find the expertise to help boost our local innovators and entrepreneurs.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Craig Hill
craigh@sedconsulting.com.au
0408 390 930



Winner
'Wizzy board'- Leigh Angus and Nimrod Klayman from Prompt Management

Winner (Sports Technology)
Wearable technology for swimmers -James Lee from Q Sports Technology

Runner Up
'TV Feeds'- Chris Gillard and Raef Akehurst from Project Project

Runner Up
'OAU Corporation Giving'- Jen Sharpe from Think HQ


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