Recap: Showcase Pitch Night 2018 - Wade Institute

Recap: Showcase Pitch Night 2018

26th October 2018

What a night for emerging entrepreneurial talent! Seven teams gave their startup pitches their all for a chance to win up to $10K in seed funding.

From regtech to sustainability, HR and more, the University of Melbourne’s Master of Entrepreneurship students tackled some pressing problems and big market opportunities, both locally and globally.

We were thrilled to be joined by some powerhouse panellists – entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and investors with plenty of skin in the game when it comes to new ideas.

Drumroll please…!

The winner of the Credit Suisse ‘Best Startup Pitch’ Award –Curvecrete.

Shane Galligan with Daniel and Warren PAM 2018 winners pitch night

Managing Director of Credit Suisse Shane Galligan (centre) with cofounders of Curvecrete, Daniel Prohasky (left) and Warren Rudd (right). 

Curvecrete is a new robotic mould that easily creates curved concrete panels with minimal waste. Congrats to cofounders Warren Rudd, Daniel Prohasky and Paul Loh, winners of $10,000 in seed funding thanks to Credit Suisse.

The winners of the MYOB People’s Choice Awards were:

1st  prize ($1000) – Avocardo

Hugh, Godwin Avocardo winners MYOB Jo Carroll 2018 pitch night

(From left: Cofounder Daniel Stojanovski, MYOB Account Executive Jo Carroll, and cofounders Godwin Shorland and Hugh Laverty)

2nd place ($500) – KELPD

Claire Bremner KELPD Jo Carroll MYOB pitch night 2018

(From left: Founder Claire Bremner and MYOB Account Executive Jo Carroll).

3rd place ($250) – FurReal

FurReal 2018 pitch night Jo Carroll MYOB winners

(From left: Cofounder Andrea Zhu, MYOB Account Executive Jo Carroll, and cofounders Laven Cao and Kane Guo).

Surprise scholarship winner

Claire Bremner 2018 MOE pitching student

Congratulations to Claire Bremner, Founder of sustainable kelp food company KELPD, who has been named our surprise winner of the Creative Innovation Global Exponential Leader Scholarship. Thanks to Creative Innovation, Claire has a full place to attend and present at the Creative Innovation 2019 Asia Pacific conference, 3 months free hot-desking at Dimension5 co-working, and more!

Introducing the seven startup teams:

Andrea Zhu, Kane Guo, Laven Cao, Jack Liu, Tianshu Chu

Our business provides customised fresh pet food in China. Fresh pet food is a new concept in western countries such as Australia and the US, and its popularity is rapidly increasing. However, the Chinese market is underserved. With the rise of the middle-upper class, there is a need for this product and it is perfect timing to enter the dog food market in China.


Tony Tan & Nir Nikolaevsky

Silfresh is an environmentally friendly packaging company tailored to the food industry.

We provide butchers, delicatessens and supermarkets with reusable and cost effective solutions to single-use plastic. With 600 tonnes of cling-wrap waste being produced each year, we’re helping the food industry move towards a growing circular economy.


Lisa Stephenson, Paul Lockwood, Jaxon Hickey

Codello is a next generation skill-based shift swapping app designed to enable nurses and midwives to better balance their careers and personal lives. By supporting flexible work, hospitals (our customers) are able to reduce clinical risks while ensuring compliance to nursing ratios. They can also provide a highly valued staff benefit to attract, engage and retain their talent.


Nicholas Taylor & Amila Waniganayake

Tyki is a platform that connects cafes and restaurants with Instagram users to facilitate an exchange of food for a photo.

Influencer marketing can be an effective marketing tool for global brands because influencers have large global followings. However, it is ineffective for small businesses, such as cafés and restaurants, who only require local engagement.

Tyki makes the right connections between businesses and Instagram users who have proven local followings.


Warren Rudd, Paul Loh, Daniel Prohasky

Curvecrete is a new robotic mould that easily creates curved concrete panels with minimal waste. Current processes often require single-use moulds, which is inefficient and uneconomical. Our technology addresses this, enabling the creation of inspiring designs for the cities of the future.


Claire Bremner

People around the world are looking for more nutrition in their daily diet. We develop everyday products that include one of the most minerally rich and versatile ingredients on the planet: kelp! We’re starting with food condiments.

By forming alliances with local farmers and artisans, we develop delicious, unique products that support a sustainable food system.


Hugh Laverty, Godwin Shorland, Daniel Stojanovski

Avocardo is a smartphone app that saves occasional drivers up to 60% on their insurance bill. We offer a new kind of insurance where you only pay for the kilometres you actually drive – meaning you get a fairer price that represents how you actually use your car day to day.

Instagram: @avocardoapp

Check out our Facebook livestream to catch up on all seven pitches.

Congratulations to all who pitched, and to all 2018 University of Melbourne Master of Entrepreneurship students for their amazing achievements this year. We can’t wait to see where your newfound entrepreneurial skills take you!

Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship is a leading centre for entrepreneurial education. We deliver programs to accelerate learning, creation and connection.

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