eChallenge to foster Adelaide's entrepreneurial spirit

Friday, 18 September 2015

A mobile, noise-proof sleep venue; a portable mentor device for learner and p-plate drivers; and a meal-sharing app are just a few of the innovative business ideas competing in the University of Adelaide’s 2015 Australian eChallenge.

The Australian eChallenge, the nation's premier student entrepreneurial competition, will start on Thursday 24 September when participants showcase their creative business ventures to an invited audience.

Professor Noel Lindsay, Director of the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) at the University of Adelaide, says ECIC’s primary focus is to engage, nurture and inspire budding South Australian entrepreneurs through programs like the Australian eChallenge.

“The Australian eChallenge provides a competitive and challenging environment where students can access mentoring from industry professionals, network and develop their business ideas further and achieve outstanding results,” Professor Lindsay says.

"Many participants have gone on to develop successful businesses with genuine commercial prospects that will help South Australia flourish on the world stage,” he says.

120 teams entered the Australian eChallenge this year and 28 were selected to compete.

Originally designed for University of Adelaide students, the Australian eChallenge is now also open to secondary school students, with six teams competing from Renmark High School, one from Mitcham Girls High School and four from Cardijn College.

Among the other competitors will be a team called Nemesis 5.0 from India, who will be showcasing their venture capital and investor matching service.

Judging will follow the showcase, with five teams progressing through to the final round, and winners announced at the Australian eChallenge Awards Presentation night on 6 November at Adelaide Oval.

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