Elevator Awards

The Generator has just wrapped up its first full-time accelerator program – a three-month intensive to help startups at Monash...

The Generator has just wrapped up its first full-time accelerator program – a three-month intensive to help startups at Monash accelerator their growth.

In an event to celebrate entrepreneurial talent, the coveted Elevator Awards last Thursday evening showcased ten startups, who delivered a short and sharp three-minute pitch to over 170 guests from across Monash, industry and the Melbourne startup ecosystem.

Winner of the People’s Choice Award, Mandy Lau created her startup Reach & Match after working on this as her final year Masters of Industrial Design project at Monash. Reach & Match is a sensory play tool that helps children with visual impairment and under-developed motor skills play alongside other children using the Reach & Match tool.

Reach & Match has won a number of awards and represents the reality of great ideas emerging from education and research at Monash.

The startups supported by the Generator are a reflection of the diversity of Monash, from social enterprise and medtech through to virtual reality and 3D glass printing. In total, 20 startups were supported through programs that included seed funding, mentorship and access to their Clayton based co-working space.

Program Manager of the Generator Julie Stevens said it has been a privilege to see such incredible talent emerging from Monash and is an indicator of a changing career landscape in which more people are seeking to create their own pathway through startups.

“Universities sit on such a hot bed of talent when it comes to knowledge and innovation and we’re seeing that reflected in the incredible founders from our student, staff and alumni communities who are engaging with the Generator,” Ms Stevens said.

“The 9 to 5 is becoming a thing of the past so it’s important for universities to prepare our graduates to shape their own world of work.”

The Generator was established in 2016 as a pilot and has rapidly grown to become a critical part of Monash’s offering to students, staff and alumni. It offers a range of support services and programs from inspirational events and a five-week product validation program through to one-on-one advice with an entrepreneur-in-residence to talk about next steps for launching an idea.

The Elevator Awards was a chance to thank Monash staff, students, startups and the wider startup ecosystem and to build on the success of this year for an even bigger 2018.

The startup pitches included:

Mandy Lau (People’s Choice 2017 Award Recipient)
Reach & Match is an innovative educational kit designed to integrate children with visual impairment into classrooms and playgroups.

Josephine Kaldor, Rafael Branton and Daniel Blakely
Untapped take the by-products of food processing and convert these in to health foods – their first product is a vegan cookie made from spent grain from the beer brewing process.

Nathan Sherburn and Andrew Faulks
Flux.qa is a question and answer platform designed to increase student engagement in lectures.

Sarah Morrissey
Little Rockers Radio is a 24/7 radio station for kids from birth to six, encouraging movement, imagination and play in children.

Darren Feenstra and Nick Birbilis
Maple Glass Printing is an innovative 3D glass printing system allowing for complex glass structures to be built.

Marissa Thomas
The STEAM Engine Co. is a robotic and coding toolkit for schools to teach and empower children to love STEM and coding.

Alex Naoumidis and Christopher Naoumidis
BetterMind is an app to help break daily habits like nail-biting through hypnosis – all delivered through your smartphone.

Danielle Holloway
Merry People is a rainwear company that empowers women to go out and embrace unknown adventures.

Nick Busietta and Damian Moratti
Liminal is a user generated content consumer psychology virtual reality platform. Third party developers can leverage Liminal’s psychological research to develop short experiences to induce targeted emotional and cognitive states.

Dennis Jap and Matthew Vethecan
Jarvis is a home services platform that connects homes across Australia to their own butler.