CORE Start Award winners announced

11 September 2019

Innovative Perth-based technology companies Mapizy and Camp Connect have been selected as the winners of the third round of the CORE Start Award, sponsored by CORE foundation partners NERA and WesTrac.

The CORE Start Award will provide these promising energy resources technology startups with three months of co-working at CORE Innovation Hub, coupled with facilitated industry connections, mentoring and network links to support the growth of their business. In addition, awardees remain connected as CORE Start Alumni for ongoing opportunities.

NERA CEO Miranda Taylor said Mapizy’s capabilities in artificial intelligence to interpret multi-source image data will add an exciting new set of skills to the CORE innovation community.

“We’re very pleased to support Mapizy and connect Dr Ravanbakhsh into our ecosystem of technology entrepreneurs. Through this growing community, we are continuing to grow Australian innovation capacities and the valuable transference of knowledge and skills that are supporting innovators design, develop, commercialise and scale new technologies and services for our sector and throughout the wider economy,” Ms Taylor said.

The winners were selected following a Pitch @ CORE event on Thursday 29 August that saw seven talented founders pitch their cutting-edge solutions to real industry challenges to a panel of judges.

CORE Innovation Hub General Manager Aaron Schier said that the calibre of presentations was excellent and selecting the CORE Start recipients proved to be difficult.  

“The quantity, quality, and diversity of applicants is increasing each round, which is testament to the health of the local innovation ecosystem and a promising signal for industry,” he said.

Mapizy CEO Dr Mehdi Ravanbakhsh said that they use ground-breaking deep learning technology to exploit images from satellites, drones, terrestrial and underwater platforms to automate the discovery of changes to natural and built environments at scale.

“Equipped with this information, organisations are empowered to make better decisions and improve performance. We are a team of highly skilled artificial intelligence engineers with a passion to make the world a better place through technology,” Dr Ravanbakhsh explained.

Camp Connect Founder Erin Bell said that their software and mobile app is a white label enterprise application to provide a simple, cost and time effective means for mining and construction companies to better engage, communicate, build social connections and improve culture with their employees, while enhancing current emergency response measures.

“I have a career background in human resources, health, safety and emergency within the FIFO mining industry and my co-founder Scott’s professional experience is in construction project management. We developed Camp Connect with the aim of aiding with key industry trends and challenges related to mental health, isolation and utilisation of technology,” said Ms Bell.

WesTrac Innovation Development Manager Graeme Klass said that Camp Connect gave an excellent presentation, due to their ability to clearly define their purpose and technology.

“The founders have relevant industry knowledge and their platform has the capacity to grow, not just in Australia, but globally. As mining contractors, WesTrac would definitely find this tool useful when our employees travel to site,” Mr Klass expanded.

“Winning the Core Start Award will help us greatly in enhancing our business networks, accessing international commercialisation opportunities and mentoring as we grow and scale,” said Ms Bell.

Congratulations to Mapizy and Camp Connect. 

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