The Tech eChallenge is a program that takes you through the process of forming a tech-based idea, assessing its potential and then devising a way to create it.
You don’t have to have any software development experience to take part in the program but even if you are a coding expert, the program will help you shape your idea into a real product that has the best chance of succeeding.
Both teams and individuals can register to be part of the Tech. If you register as an individual, we will facilitate an introduction to potential team members right from the start.
From idea to market
We help you to develop your business model around key factors including, but not limited to:
- the viability, feasibility and desirability of your tech
- analysing the problem your idea will solve
- ascertaining if there is a market for your solution and who these people are (your target market)
- what IP issues you need to be aware of
- how to ensure your product or service will become a profitable business for you.
The program is co-delivered with Enabled. They offer outstanding expertise, real-world experience and key industry connections. Each week you will be taken through workshops on topics ranging from entrepreneurship, market research, product idea generation and prototyping. In addition to learning from key app/software developers, other successful South Australian Entrepreneurs will be on hand to support you through your app journey.
Weekly specialised and practical workshops are delivered by academics and business professionals. These workshops are designed to help you accelerate and test your idea in a group environment. Throughout the process you will also have access to the Tech eChallenge online platform containing readings, video and PowerPoint presentations, and other resources.
Towards the end of the program, you will get to pitch your idea to a panel of expert judges who will provide you with realistic feedback and advice on potential ways forward. The judges are looking for technical innovations that have commercial viability based on the quality of the opportunity, the market, competitive advantage, and the team strengths and weaknesses.
The Tech eChallenge is not only an educational program, but also a competition. There are prizes up for grabs for the best pitches, awarded at a class ceremony at the end of the program. Winners will also be invited to the end-of-year Awards Dinner and publically acknowledged for their win. The black-tie event is a celebration for all Tech eChallenge and Australian eChallenge students, and is an excellent opportunity to network with entrepreneurs, potential investors, senior key University and government leaders, and Australian and international guests
- Tech eChallenge kicks off in March and finishes in June.
- Applications for Tech eChallenge open in December.
- Prize pool of $10,000
Current University of Adelaide students who participate in the Tech eChallenge can also enrol into the Australian eChallenge.
Teams can include:
- Staff and students from any South Australian University
- Business professionals
- General community