Finalists move into the next phase of Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards

The Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards (MTIA) mentoring sessions have piqued the creativity of Sunshine Coast high school students as teams prepare to battle it out for the live pitch and awards ceremony to be held next month (July).

The MTIA program, which is supported by the Sunshine Coast Council and Telstra, helps develop business ideas that utilize technology or innovation in a new way to solve a community, environmental or business challenge.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said business leaders and innovators from local start-ups, USC, TAFE Queensland and creative and digital agencies played an important role in the MTIA program and the four recent mentor sessions.

“The caliber of mentors, the expertise and experience brought by the 10 finalist teams will really help these students, from those ‘a-ha’ moments, to revisiting their concepts or plans with new insights to help them succeed,” Mayor Jamieson they said.

“I wish them all the very best in their preparations for next month’s highly regarded awards ceremony.”

Stage 2 judging.

The line-up of mentors included:

  • Dominic Vrolijks – Maker in Residence at Sunshine Coast Maker Space
  • Matt Travers – Director, Sunny Digital
  • Neil Waldbaum – Owner, Deep Orange Design
  • Tara Jacobsen – Co-Founder and Program Director at Groei
  • Raphael McGowan – Founder of Bakslap
  • Ilana Boon – Manager, International Marketing & Recruitment, USC
  • Angela Lisle – Director of ICT and Digital, TAFE Queensland
  • Saskia De Klerk – Senior Lecturer in International Business, USC
  • Colin Graham – Managing Director at Causeway Innovation and Program Manager at Sunramp Healthtech Accelerator

The mentoring sessions follow the same methodology used to coach new companies through their start-up phase.

It was also a great opportunity to showcase how the teams are progressing through their awards program with further developing their creative idea / concept.

The first mentoring workshop focused on finding a market fit using design thinking.

CTO at Frontside Future Managing Director Daniel McKinnon

“I had a blast presenting the finalists of the Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards on how to create awesome technology projects in the best way,” Mr McKinnon said.

“It was so cool to see innovative ideas coming from the young entrants. Hopefully some of my gems will help. ”

Phase 2 closed today (June 21), with each of the 10 finalists confirming their submission including photos and a two-to-three minute video for the evaluation panel to review and score.

The Mayor and Telstra will also announce the Emerging Entrepreneur Award winner.

The finalist teams and schools include:

  • Origami Huts – Suncoast Christian College
  • SeaShaw – Suncoast Christian College
  • Jasveen-Kynnan – Mountain Creek State High school
  • Bird Deterrent – Suncoast Christian College
  • Sam And Kyle – Mountain Creek State High School
  • JAJ – Mountain Creek State High School
  • Peas in a Pod – Chancellor State College
  • MCSHS_Group_2 – Mountain Creek State High School
  • Type 1 World – Glasshouse Christian College
  • TarStar Solutions – Matthew Flinders Anglican College

MTIA Mentor and Guest Speaker profiles:

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