EdTech startup Fluid Education has been named the winner of the sixth INCUBATE accelerator intake at the University of Sydney and awarded the Lenovo Choice award by INCUBATE’s technology partner Lenovo.
The idea for the startup, which has created a central hub for communication between teachers, students, and parents called Backpack, was founded by first year students Giorgio Doueihi and Declan Scott, who came up with the idea while still in high school.
Backpack combines homework management, learning resources, reporting, and communication into one app. It lets teachers send push notifications about homework and other announcements to select students and classes or entire year groups, and allows parents to view their children’s timetables and homework, as well as allowing students, teachers, and parents to communicate with each other.
Matt Codrington, Managing Director of Lenovo Australia and New Zealand, said Fluid Education showed the greatest acceleration and innovation during the programme and at the demo day event.
“Having said that, I think we’ll see great things to come from all the participants in this class. At Lenovo, we know our future will be built by the highly creative and capable minds that are continuously pushing the limits of what can be done while they’re still at university. We have always supported education and entrepreneurship. INCUBATE is something we feel is critical to encourage those with big ideas to come forward and develop them,” Codrington said.
Fluid Education has won $10,000 worth of Lenovo hardware.
The Backpack app is already being used by the 1,000 students at St Aloysius College in Milson’s Point, and St Ignatius’ College in Riverview.
Other startups that took part in the sixth INCUBATE intake include FirstStep, a platform similar to US startup Acorns, looking to help millennials develop their first investment portfolio, and Abyss, an autonomous inspection and analytics provider which uses 3D mapping and drones to provide over 400km of imaging and modelling for a major water company.
Another startup, Uprise, aims to reduce workplace absenteeism by allowing employees to access preventative mental health solutions through its online platform, while recruitment startup Hireflow integrates multiple platforms often used in the hiring process, such as sourcing and screening candidates, into one platform.
INCUBATE is now taking applications for its seventh intake. The 14-week programme is set to kick off in December.
Featured Image: Matt Codrington, Managing Director, Lenovo ANZ; Giorgio Doueihi, Co-Founder, Fluid Education; James Alexander, Founder, INCUBATE. Source: Provided.