Entries open for 2016 Digital Innovation Challenge

Are you sitting on a fantastic business idea but not sure how to get it off the ground?

Take the Telstra Business Centre Coffs Harbour Digital Innovation Challenge and get expert support plus the chance to win from a pool of over $150,000 worth of prizes.

“Last year’s first Digital Challenge was a phenomenal success and there’s huge interest in the 2016 event already,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight.

“The Challenge aims to inspire budding entrepreneurs to create and pitch their innovative digital solution to improve business – and provide them with the prize money and specialist support they need to make it happen. Coffs Harbour is a city at the forefront of digital innovation and the Challenge is an excellent way to help encourage local entrepreneurs take that first step.”

The Challenge is open to any type of business improvement solution or market need. For example, it can be a business2business solution, consumer application or a social enterprise.

There are two massive prize packages with a combined value of over $150,000 for the winner and runner-up.

The packages include $120,000 of credits for startup cloud computing requirements from IBM company Softlayer, plus up to $6,000 cash and Business Assistance packages from ETC (Enterprise and Training Company Pty Ltd), three month mentoring packages from Pollenizer – providing access to some of Australia’s most experienced startup mentors – and six months desk space at the Six Degrees Coworking Hub in Coffs Harbour’s Innovation Centre.

The Challenge is sponsored by Telstra Business Centre Coffs Harbour, Mid North Coast Local Health District, Softlayer, ETC, Coffs Harbour innovation Centre, Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce, Bellingen Shire Council, Coffs Harbour City Council and Nambucca Shire Council.

The Challenge has been expanded this year to cover the entire Coffs Coast region so we can include passionate entrepreneurs from Coffs Harbour, Nambucca and Bellingen,

If you have an exciting, imaginative digital solution for business, this is your chance to pitch for the prize money and support you need to make it happen.

Entries open from March 8 2016 at 9am and close on May 29 2016 at 5pm. Finalists will be announced on 3 June with them delivering their final pitch live on stage on 18 June.

A series of events and workshops are planned to support the development of entries so check out www.digitalinnovationchallenge.com.au for full details.

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