Ten startups have emerged out of Curtin University’s 12-week Accelerate program spanning healthcare, education, mining, and technology.
The 2023 cohort is Wata Watcha, Procuracon, Care Corner, Luddi, Heal Domain, Rock AI, Matilda Health, Insole Lab, STEM XR, and Speed Signature.
Several are already generating revenue from customers and together they share $100,000 in equity-free funding, with support from Lotterywest through Spacecubed’s IdeaStarter fund.
The Western Australian university’s program provides early-stage startups with seed funding and access to Curtin’s industry connections and resources, alongside support and mentorship.
Procuracon is a web app that improves the procurement process for construction. Cofounder Cuong Ly set out with Andrew McColgan improve the process after experiencing first hand the time and money wasted.
“Our search algorithms and intuitive procurement UX design is far more engaging and makes it easy for clients to find, evaluate and shortlist suppliers instantly, Ly said.
“The platform gives clients access to all the meaningful data needed to make informed business decisions when building teams for their projects and manage risk.”
Meanwhile, Tamara Berryman set out to deal with the household leaks often missed before they cause damage and waste water with her device, Wata Watcha.
“Nearly 60% of Australians have, or know someone who has experienced water damage, which is more common and costly than fire or burglary,” she said.
“It occurred to me, that if we have security systems and smoke detectors, why don’t we have something to detect water leaks?”
Curtin Entrepreneurs Programs manager Dr Geremy Farr-Wharton said the companies involved this year have impressed with their speed to market.
“The recent Curtin Accelerate Pitch Night was attended by over 100 members of Perth’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and potential investors and showcased the remarkable progress of each startup and their potential to disrupt their respective industries.,” she said
“I was particularly blown away by the quality of the presentations at the annual Pitch Night which were the best I’ve seen in the 10 years I’ve been involved with the program.”
The 10 startups emerging from Curtin Accelerate are:
- Care Corner – a digital platform that provides peace of mind for carers and keeps track of data to inform health care decisions.
- Heal Domain – provides the missing piece in the puzzle of chronic pain management, by empowering both practitioner and patient to reimagine the patient experience and create better healthcare outcomes.
- STEM XR – capitalises on the immersive potential of virtual and related immersive realities technology to create a robust and scalable way of connecting Western Australian and Australian students to relevant STEM experiences.
- Matilda – an evidence-based digital platform providing holistic care for those with endometriosis from the comfort of their own home.
- Luddi – develops assistive technologies for people living with disability that they can be proud of including the world’s first sex toy that caters to all bodies.
- Wata Watcha – is easy to install, gives access to real-time water usage data and instantly detects household water leaks because they cause damage and cost money, while also saving water.
- Procuracon – a web app that improves the procurement process for construction, making it easier for developers, land and building owners and government agencies to find suitably qualified suppliers.
- Insole Lab – a health-tech startup that harnesses artificial intelligence to make custom shoe insoles more affordable and accessible.
- Speed Signature – a disruptive SaaS technology founded by former Wallabies strength and conditioning coach Jason Weber that revolutionises how athletes are managed in sport via the analysis of individual movement biomechanics.
- RockAI – delivers highly accurate, intelligent orebody and rock mass characterisation in real time, enhancing mining models to reduce waste and enable greater recovery of critical minerals.
- Animate Infinity – develops and delivers immersive training on aggression prevention and management using virtual reality technologies.