Our Start-ups

Accelerator Cohort 1

Trendy Rhino (Melbourne)

Team Members
NameEmail
Charlie FranklynCharlie.f@trendyrhino.com
Himasha Fonsekahimasha.f@trendyrhino.com
Shanaka JayakodyShanaka.j@trendyrhino.com

Kavien Jayakody (current La Trobe student)

kavien.jayakody@gmail.com

Business Idea

Trendy Rhino have taken the successful concept of Influencer Marketing, and brought it to a new space - Facebook Groups. They have built a self-serve marketplace that allows businesses to share branded content endorsements within Facebook Groups.


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Wedge Pro (Bendigo)

Team Members
NameEmail

Jamie Ward (La Trobe alumni)

jamie@wedgepro.com
Sarah-Jane Kavanagh sj@sarahjanekavanagh.com
Hamish McGregor Hamishmcgregor1969@gmail.com
Brenton Massey Bgmass23@gmail.com

Business Idea

You know the feeling when you smash a drive down the fairway, only to be left with a knee-trembling 40 metre shot to the green, seeing a myriad of natural and man-made hazards lurking to rip that birdie opportunity away from you?

Well, WedgePro has the device that can improve the technique, distance control and confidence of golfers of all standards.

In fact, over $60 billion was spent globally helping players to get the ball in the hole last year in the accessories and training aid market. This figure does not even include the dollars outlaid on professional lessons!

WedgePro is the art of wedge play.


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Innokids (Melbourne)

Team Members
NameEmail

Rafiuddin Ahmed (current La Trobe student)

r.ahmed@latrobe.edu.au
Gillian Sullivan-Mort (current La Trobe staff)g.sullivan-mort@latrobe.edu.au

Business Idea

We are approaching to a future of unemployment due to the emergence of artificial intelligence, rise of robots (RoR) where most of the repetitive and labour intensive jobs will fade away soon. To combat with this uncertainty, job creation and self-employment through self-education can be a solution via InnokidsTM.

InnokidsTM means innovative kids who will learn empathy, active compassion, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, emotional intelligence, basic business skills, STEM at their early life in primary school. We target this age cohort as kids pass massive sensory development at this stage which infuses ample quest for learning innovation. We are instilling the ideas to grow with a changed mentality that is-“It’s not too early to be your own boss and be a kidpreneur”. We also help them to grow with a motto which is “we are not job seekers; we are job creators for us & for the community”.


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Android Voltammetry (Melbourne)

Team Members
NameEmail

Conor Hogan (current La Trobe staff)

C.Hogan@latrobe.edu.au
Natalia Alvarez Lopez (current La Trobe staff) Natalia.Alvarez@latrobe.edu.au

Business Idea

You know how your mobile phone is so much more than just a communication device. It is a sophisticated physical sensing system. Well, what we do is extend this capability to measuring the identities and concentrations of molecules in you and your environment.  In fact, we have found a way to do this with no extra hardware, using only the existing components in your phone.

Eco-Robotics (Bendigo)

Team Members
NameEmail

Ka Chan (current La Trobe staff)

ka.chan@latrobe.edu.au
Tyson Chan Tyson_Chan@hotmail.com

Jacky Cai

jacky.cai35@gmail.com
Francis Chen francis.chen70@gmail.com

Business Idea

You know how the world’s existing single-stream recycling practices are environmentally unsustainable, with only 73-85% of yellow bin waste actually being recovered. Well, what we do at Binnovation is develop autonomous waste sorting technology that can be integrated directly into buildings, giving rise to a new decentralised model for waste management. In fact, our prototype identification algorithm classifies recyclable waste with an accuracy of above 99%

Hand Wagons of Africa (Melbourne/Mildura)

Team Members
NameEmail

Brendan Edmonds

handwagons@gmail.com
Clement Deng (current La Trobe student) manyangdit@yahoo.co.uk

Business Idea

What started as an idea for an urban vegetable garden, Water & Agriculture Growing Organic Nutrition Sustainably. Led me to researching nutrition for children in Africa. We have all seen the money shot for Oxfam. Starving children, desperate Mothers. While this exists for tens of millions of people, displaced with nothing. Many hundreds of millions more live in relatively stable but subsistence level, village environments. Colourful and loving. Laughter and tears. But with little opportunity to develop. Women spend 90% of their day securing water, collecting fire wood, carrying cash crop produce to market transport link for income, and carrying goods back to the household. A transport system responsive to need is a major prerequisite for social and economic development in Sub Saharan Africa (worldbank 2017). If we put a strong set of wheels under these Wagons, and design a drawbar / braking system. That would make an awesome lightweight, robust multipurpose transport vehicle. If I needed to carry all my water and lively hood on my head, it would be a relief. If you needed to move or transmigrate. You could take water & belongings with you. Optimise time and labour input.

Anidra (Federation University)

Team Members
NameEmail

Andrew Stranieri (Federation University staff)

a.stranieri@federation.edu.au
Venki Balasubramanian v.balasubramanian@federation.edu.au

Business Idea

Imagine the dread you feel as a nurse, doctor or manager in a hospital in India if a patient deteriorates without you knowing about.  The massive nurse shortage in India makes it difficult for the vital signs of patients in hospital to be measured often.  In other countries patients recover at home and similarly cannot have their vital signs measured often.  LaTrobe University Accelerator Team Anidra has developed cutting edge vital signs monitoring systems that have been successfully piloted in an Indian hospital.  Anidra founders are Information Technology Researchers at Federation University, in regional Victoria, who have joined forces with marketing experts in India.  The LaTrobe Accelerator is supporting the Start-Up to become investment-ready with advice, mentors and seed funding.

Recognise and Report (Melbourne)

Team Members
NameEmail

Michael Bauer (current La Trobe staff)

M.Bauer@latrobe.edu.au
Sandra Cowen (current La Trobe staff) s.cowen@latrobe.edu.au
Christine While (current La Trobe staff) C.While@latrobe.edu.au
Deirdre Fetherstonhaugh (current La Trobe staff) D.Fetherstonhaugh@latrobe.edu.au
Caroline Bathje (current La Trobe staff) C.Bathje@latrobe.edu.au

Business Idea

Residents living in aged care facilities are increasingly frail and when care staff fail to recognise and report changes in residents’ health early, extreme adverse consequences can occur.

Personal Care Workers (PCWs) are at the frontline of care and as it stands now:

* There is currently no national standard of training for these staff
* Education and training varies and there are gaps in both skills and knowledge.

We have created an education package to upskill PCWs/PCAs by providing aged care facilities with an in-house training resource which they can use to train and upskill their staff within the facility. There are approximately 2700 aged care facilities in Australia that could benefit from having this resource package now; and we currently have 50 facilities who have contacted us, wanting to know when this education package will be ready for purchase.

Accelerator Cohort 2

Zirkarta (Bendigo)

Team Members
NameEmail
Dylan Kendalldylan@burnology.com
Martin Hedenstroem 
Sonja Hedenstroemsonja@burnology.com

Jesse Munzel (La Trobe Student)

jmunzel@live.com

Business Idea

Zirkarta is a platform which enables users to make changes to a map that are visible to all users in real-time. As changes are made, data is instantly collected, collated and formulated for those in operational positions to assist with decision-making during intense situations. Zirkarta works on any device, without downloading any software, works with and without Internet coverage and can be configured (no coding) to develop enterprise level systems for almost any application.


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NanoMslide (Melbourne)

Team Members
NameEmail
Brian Abbey B.Abbey@latrobe.edu.au
Eugeniu Balaur E.Balaur@latrobe.edu.au
Caroline Bathje C.Bathje@latrobe.edu.au

Prof David Winkler

D.Winkler@latrobe.edu.au

Business Idea

Researchers at La Trobe University have invented a method for transforming a conventional microscope slide into a powerful new tool for bioimaging (the “NanoMslide”). Their technology delivers massive optical contrast enhancement providing instant, stain-free, label-free imaging.

Travelling Tradies (Melbourne)

Team Members
NameEmail
Adam Valastroadam@travellingtradies.com

Business Idea

Travelling Tradies has created a platform that connects Australian Tradespeople to hotel and hostel owners from around the globe where they can exchange their skills for food, accommodation and cultural experiences. The brand prides itself in being able to create opportunities for tradespeople to explore the world, have time for themselves and truly live an epic life.


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Jenny Bevis Events (Albury-Wodonga)

Team Members
NameEmail
Jenny Bevis bevisjennifer@gmail.com

Business Idea

Jenny Bevis Events is a ‘new experience’ enterprise that specialises in delivering high quality and unique event experiences in gorgeous landscapes. Such events enable tourism and economic development to regional towns.

MyLife (Melbourne)

Team Members
NameEmail
Joshua Marsdenjosh@mlhs.com.au
Louis Islandlouis@mlhs.com.au

Business Idea

MyLife is delivering an online platform and wearable technology to implement a cardiac rehabilitation program that is accessible and engaging. They use successful strategies of social dynamics, and gamification to maximise their client's rehabilitation potential. The rehabilitation approach promotes physical, mental and social recovery.


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Sacred Tree (Shepparton)

Team Members
NameEmail
Yasmar Lovett yasmarlovett@gmail.com
Corey Walker yalmamatha@gmail.com
Graham Weston wutawoka@gmail.com
Natalie Visentin wutawoka@gmail.com

Business Idea

Sacred Tree Enterprises is an Aboriginal company based in Shepparton, Victoria. The business combines, for the first time in Australia, three fundamental elements that are important and vital to their community; health and wellbeing, natural resource management and cultural heritage. The business aims at solving problems such as the lack of knowledge about Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and Cultural Heritage Protocols, lack of authentic Aboriginal products and experiences provided by Aboriginal people and pests, plants and animals posing a threat to agriculture, natural resources and cultural heritage sites.

Report and Run (Melbourne)

Team Members
NameEmail
Jason Thompson jason.thompson.dev@gmail.com
Mark Thompson markt61@westnet.com.au

Business Idea

Report and Run is an app for iOS and Android that allows for average tradespeople to combine images, descriptions with a complement of coloured annotations to visually emphasize areas of issues and concern. It combines a sophisticated technical solution with an intuitive user interface that allows for clear and easy documentation of remote conditions to be sent quickly to decision makers straight from the field.


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Mallee Naturals (Mildura)

Team Members
NameEmail
Melanie Leeder mel.leeder@hotmail.com

Business Idea

The brand was developed because of the demand for chemical free products in the marketplace, in particular, a chemical-free insect repellent.

Hands of Change (Melbourne)

Team Members
NameEmail
Linda Wonglinda@handsofchange.org.au
Chris Ardreychris@handsofchange.org.au

Business Idea

Hands of Change Limited is a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission. Their mission is to develop and deliver programs that consist of hands-on activities in an active, social and learner-cantered environment. Their first program, Equihands, offers equine assisted learning as an innovative means of therapy by developing virtual reality scenarios in an equine assisted learning environment.

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