Hills Limited, the creators of the iconic Hills Hoist, is calling on Aussie innovators and entrepreneurs to submit their proposals for ideas, projects and start-ups to be funded and developed at Hills’ newly launched Innovation Centre.
Hills is on the hunt for Australia’s next big invention with their Hills Pitch Day competition, as they focus their business on next generation technology solutions. Hills Chief Technology Officer, Leica Ison, said the Pitch Day round would help identify the best talent and brightest ideas and bring their products or services to market.
“Hills has always passionately believed and backed Australia’s innovation potential,” she said. “Through Pitch Day, we are looking to identify and support the very best talent that Australia has to offer. Start-ups will be able to access funding, business assistance and the use of our Innovation Centre in Adelaide to accelerate the development of their products and services. Ultimately, what we want to do is help foster a really vibrant start-up culture and grow a pipeline of technology-driven products and services.”
The Hills Innovation Centre consists of:
- The Lance Hill Design Centre (LHDC), which focuses on a user-centred design approach to develop innovative solutions that meet the core needs and wants of the end user. Through the methodology of Design Thinking, the centre promotes project teams to immerse themselves with the core end user so they develop an empathy which allows for the designing of targeted product solutions not previously explored.
- The D-Shop, which has an emphasis on discovering and commercialising digital innovation, and where appropriate funds development projects and pilots as well as supporting early stage start-ups in the areas of health and well-being, safety and security.
Applications for Hills’ Pitch Day close on October 14, 2014. The company is targeting its support towards projects that fit into the following priority areas:
- Health & aged care or assisted living.
- Lifestyle & well-being (wearable devices).
- Security & safety.
- Data analytics.
- Automation & smart home.
- Communications & mobility.
There are three types of Hills Pitch Day applications – the first is aimed at funding ideas, projects or start-ups within Australia; the second is specifically aimed at new projects with Hills’ collaborating partners UniSA, Flinders University and the University of Adelaide; while the third is for applicants from the DSTO. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend the Hills Pitch Day in Adelaide on November 12, where they will be given the opportunity to present their ideas in front of a panel of commercial and academic experts.
For further information on how to apply, visit www.hills.com.au/innovation-centres.
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