the 2019 finalists are:

  • ‘Real Time Learning’ (Kempsey Adventist School): The ‘Real-time Learning’ project is based on two mobile apps that the students have designed, built and prototyped. They capture the readiness of students to learn before each lesson and help the teacher to tailor the day’s classroom techniques from that information to improve overall learning outcomes.
  • ‘G-PetS’ (Evanezer Gebremedhin): ‘G-PetS’ is a fitness activity and GPS tracker for animals and pets. The technology allows you to locate your pet wherever they are, monitor their activity, record adventures on a smartphone or computer, receive ambient temperature alerts, and much more.
  • ‘Happy Scrunchies’ (Sophie Hallam): ‘Happy Scrunchies’ is a local business and brand which sells hair accessories made from recycled materials. All accessories are carefully designed and handmade in Australia.
  • ‘Soil Search’ (Alisa Bryce): State and Local Government, water utilities, agribusiness, environmental consultancies and property developers use Desktop Soil Assessments for better land management. ‘Soil Search’ generates automated Desktop Soil Assessment reports with all relevant data for the chosen parcel of land and presents it in the standard industry format at a significantly reduced cost.
  • ‘Neanderthoil’ (Gavin Ball): A problem with growing a luxurious beard led Gavin to experiment with creating his own care products for men. He now produces a range of products using natural ingredients and essential oils to help men find their ‘inner Neanderthal’.
  • YoungYogis’ Coffs Harbour (Rebecca Wilson): Through the power of yoga and meditation, empowering children to love and connect with themselves and to love and connect with others.
  • ‘Vesticam’ (Suzanne Douglas): Vesticam is a mid-north coast company developing an innovative and accessible device to help with the diagnosis of causes of dizziness, vertigo and balance disorders. Vesticam evolved from the clinical need for simple, portable and affordable infrared video goggles to record eye movements during oculomotor tests.  It is an innovative modification of existing trialled and tested equipment, to make it portable and accessible for widespread use.
  • ‘aideMate’ (Markus Ganser): ‘aideMate’ is an app to help and support those who are struggling to keep track of their daily tasks. The idea was born through the struggle Markus saw with his in-laws and other elderly people. The core function is to prompt the users to do their daily tasks like taking their medicine, eating their food and drink enough water, keeping track of their appointments and many others.


The StartUp Coffs Coast Pitch Competition is designed to inspire budding entrepreneurs and innovators to pitch their innovative business solution and provide them with the prize money and support they need to make it happen. For the first time, StartUp Coffs Coast will be open to two categories: Youth (ages 13 to 24) and Open (ages 25 and up).

A selection of the best entries in each category will take the stage on 28 August 2019 to pitch their innovative business idea to a panel of business experts and an audience of other entrepreneurs, small business owners, potential investors, students, as well as business and community leaders.

Each finalist will have 5 minutes to pitch their idea followed by 3 minutes of Q&A in front of a panel of expert judges. Your pitch must include a product or process innovation. It is open to any type of business solution or market need. For example, it can be a B2B solution, consumer application or a social enterprise.


IMPORTANT: Deadline for entries is 16 August, 2019

Point 6 refers to the specific instructions on HOW TO ENTER. However, please read the full Terms & Conditions before sending your submission.


If you are not ready to enter the pitch competition as a competitor, but you would still like to attend in order to support our local entrepreneurs, you can register HERE.