Entrepreneurs win Lord Mayor's Grants - Choose Brisbane


Entrepreneurs win Lord Mayor's Grants


Chris Lynn and Chelsea Murphy from PlayBook with Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner

Ten forward-thinking Brisbane businesses were today awarded the Lord Mayor’s Global Entrepreneur grant to help them take their products global.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner announced the recipients today, with each business awarded $5000 to help expand into global markets and reach new customers. A further two businesses were highly commended.

“These businesses each have a great future ahead of them,” Cr Schrinner said.

“From revolutionary coffee machines to integrated payment systems and unmanned aerial vehicles, the grants will help recipients expand their markets and reach new audiences.”

Cr Schrinner said the ten recipients represented a cross section of the Brisbane economy, from travel and hospitality to healthcare, advanced manufacturing, robotics, fashion and finance.

“These businesses represent some of the exceptional ideas to have been incubated in Brisbane,” he said.

“Brisbane is a fantastic place to build and grow a business, with innovative industry and government programs in place to provide the support business needs.

“One of the recipients, SensaWeb, brought together experts in technology and healthcare to develop an innovative, real-time radiation monitoring system. They have developed a world-leading solution right here in Brisbane.”

Brisbane Chief Digital Officer Cat Matson said that beyond the grants, it was support from within the entrepreneurial ecosystem that can be critical for new businesses.

“Whilst there is no doubt that growing businesses desire funds to help them succeed, it is often mentorship which is more crucial,” she said.

“Today, these ten entrepreneurs join the Global Entrepreneur program alumni which now includes more than 95 businesses, who have used their grants to connect to international markets, customers and investors.

“The Brisbane entrepreneurial community is extremely open and supportive. I look forward to working with these new grant recipients to help them achieve their growth goals.”

About the Global Entrepreneur Program

The Lord Mayor’s Global Entrepreneur Program assists early-stage, growing businesses to connect to international markets, customers and investors and grow their start-up beyond Australian borders.

The program provides grants of up to $5,000 for use in growth activities, such as participation in accelerator programs, pitching programs, or mentorship programs.

Lord Mayor’s Global Entrepreneur Program round four recipients:

Geoff Michelmore AREMDE - Murarrie

In September 2018, AREMDE launched their core product, Nexus One, an espresso machine built in Queensland for the global specialty coffee market. Having started with a coffee machine, the ethos behind the company is to create an eco-system for the café, changing the way hospitality businesses imagine flow and process.

Magnus Murray Douglas & Tom Watkins Australian Droid & Robot - Taringa

Australian Droid & Robot specialises in the design and manufacture of robots and unmanned aerial vehicles, with a major focus on the development of a supersonic drone that delivers medical supplies and communications anywhere in Queensland within 40 minutes.

Sean Melis & Jay Farrell - bot•hello – Brisbane City

bot•hello is a chatbot design agency and platform that delivers scalable Facebook Messenger solutions to large consumer brands. In a hyperconnected world, customers demand instant responses to their questions and queries. bot•hello works with these brands to design and deploy Facebook Messenger chatbots. Powered by Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning, the chatbots give customers fast and accurate responses that stay true to the company’s brand.

Simone JoycePaypa Plane – Brisbane City

Paypa Plane allows banks to offer their SME business clients a packaged and integrated payment system. This means that businesses do not need to use costly third-party payment providers in order to find the best digital payment experience for their business and their customers.

Chelsea Murphy - PlayBook - Newstead

www.playbook.coach connects athletes to sports coaches for one-on-one, small group, team or online training. All sports. All abilities. PlayBook is the destination to search, book and pay for a sports coach for athletes to play to their potential. It's all about kids enjoying sport so they stay playing the game and are confident both on, and off, the field.

Dion Jensen REVA Hospitality - Brisbane

REVA Hospitality provides a unified digital interface that enables hotels, resorts and casinos to drive additional revenue and enhance guest engagement. Their proprietary geo-location technology ensures hospitality businesses never lose a guest, even if they move from the place they ordered from.

Rebecca Kroon - Robe - Paddington

Robe was born from a desire for a garment that could be easily throw on over wet swimmers without having to compromise on style, quality or feel. It has evolved into a lifestyle brand that delivers wardrobe essentials for the fashion-conscious woman. Robe’s signature fabric is a 30% silk/70% cotton blend that retains the best qualities of silk but has added functionality that ensures it won’t be compromised by water – a world-first innovation that has become a cornerstone of the brand.

Darren Oliver & Simon Turner SensaWeb – Karana Downs

Radiation monitoring is a multi-billion dollar industry, yet it is stuck in the 1950s in terms of how it is monitored, measured and reported. SensaWeb provides a global-first specialised sensor-as-a-service solution to clients in highly regulated industries having an exposure to radiation infrastructure and/or operations. SensaWeb’s service provides remote monitoring and automated alarms and reporting features that no competing product currently offers. 

Damian Bielinski & Caleb Yeoh TravelbyBit – Fortitude Valley

TravelbyBit is an online travel agency built for the blockchain generation. Customers can book flights and hotels using blockchain payments for travel services from anywhere in the world, in addition to traditional payment methods, and enjoy up to 10% rewards in bitcoin.

Owen Beard Universal Field Robots – Fortitude Valley

Universal Field Robots builds capable, robust outdoor robotics at a price point that is economic and will power adoption and scale. Self-driving control software is applied to mass produced machines to make products that have functionality similar to factory industrial robots. The robotic machines have a tablet GUI and are linked by 4G to a remote operations centre so that humans can take control to deal with complexity.

Highly Commended

Victor Vicario - Arc Hardware Incubator (www.arc.space)

Arc is Australia's largest IOT and Deep Tech Incubator running large scale, investor-backed accelerator programs for innovative hardware startups looking to disrupt global industries. Over the past three years, Arc has established a state-of-the-art facility housing a myriad of advanced prototyping resources such as 3D printers (in various materials such as polymers, composites, metals and resins), CNC machines, laser cutters and commercial 3D CAD modelling software.

Colin Cheng – StickyCell (www.stickycell.com.au)

StickyCell™ is a biotech company that has developed the Leukocyte Adhesive Function Assay (or LAFA), which measures human immune system function so that human health can be digitally assessed. This platform offers a unique tool for disease diagnosis and patient management, revolutionising current practices in multiple clinical areas.