Start-up company TANDA is the winner of the inaugural qutbluebox Innovation Challenge.
The Innovation Challenge winner was announced a ceremony on the 16th October, following a 10-minute pitch presented by each of the five finalists before a live audience and an external judging panel.
Founded by four Queensland University of Technology (QUT) graduates in 2013, TANDA is marketing a time and attendance automation tool for ‘turning payroll chaos into clockwork’.
Company co-founder, Tasmin Trezise captivated the judging panel with his drive and vision for TANDA during his pitch, to take out the $60,000 first prize.
Boardcave co-founder and QUT alumni Ryan Mets also impressed the judging panel, to secure the $30,000 second prize. Boardcave is Gold Coast based company, that utilises a new online technology platform allowing surfers to buy boards from surfboard manufacturers worldwide.
The crowd vote, of $10,000 went to Haystack, who impressed the public with their technology for storing, updating and sharing business cards directly from your phone.
qutbluebox Director of Innovation and Engagement Brent Watts said the quality of finalists in the Innovation Challenge was extremely high, and the judges faced a difficult decision in choosing the winners.
“All three prize recipients plan to use their prize money to further develop their innovations, with TANDA looking to take their business solution to international markets” said Brent.
“qutbluebox established the Innovation Challenge encourage and foster the transfer of business solutions into reality, and following the success of the event this year, I believe it will play a key role in helping QUT alumni, students and staff have a significant economic impact through their innovations.”
You can read more about the winners’ innovations and the other finalists at the qutbluebox blog: http://blog.qutbluebox.com.au/