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The BIG Pitch Check out the winners of The BIG Pitch 2014 www.thebigpitch.com.au
5 finalists pitched live at The BIG Pitch 2014. Winners eCal and WeTeachMe could not be split so judges awarded both with the top honour.

Winners of The BIG Pitch 2014

DETAILS
  • Founder:

    Patrick Barrett

  • Location:

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Sector:

    Calendar Marketing

  • Website:

    eCal

STARTUP OVERVIEW

eCal makes it easy for consumers to stay up to date with the brands they love. It’s an original solution to a simple, but frustrating marketing problem. With busy schedules and seemingly endless inboxes, marketing emails are often discarded by time-poor, but affluent consumers. Founder Patrick Barrett recognised that, and wants to transform the way brands reach their most prized customers.

By integrating event and location information into ever-present calendars, eCal challenges the way modern, digital-savvy consumers interact with the brands that matter to them. It’s a smart marketing channel that keeps businesses and brands front-of-mind, even for the busiest of customers. It’s exactly this sort of thinking that brought The Big Pitch to life, with eCal spotting a problem and solving it with a simple, but brilliant idea. Instead of reinventing the wheel, they just looked at the problem in a different way. Cloud based, mobile compatible and simple to use, eCal already counts major American sports franchises like Boston Celtics, MLS and the New England Patriots as customers. With extraordinary engagement rates and simple integration into client marketing efforts, they’re offering a service that’s unique, attractive and insightful.

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DETAILS
  • Founder:

    Kym Huynh and Martin Kemka

  • Location:

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Sector:

    Marketplace, Education

  • Website:

    WeTeachMe

STARTUP OVERVIEW

With the tagline, “Be interesting”, WeTeachMe helps people to find and book classes and events. It’s a simple premise, well executed; letting users find courses through a pin board of listings, encompassing everything from bow making to artisan butchery. The insight founders Kym Huynh and Martin Kemka built on was the complications of ad-min for busy course leaders. Their service takes the stress out of paperwork by automating booking and administration processes. For one particularly happy customer, WeTeachMe’s smart system means the bookwork was reduced from 14 hours to 15 mins per week.

The difference for course providers is enough to have led to incredible growth. They’re on track to have listed over 50,000 courses by the end of 2014. The business model is simple, course leaders pay a monthly fee to list their courses; but we love the work beneath the hood on this brilliant, fast-growing, and unique startup. While presenting a clean, usable interface to sell their clients’ courses, the client-facing backend is a powerful, intelligent, and easy-to-use time-saver. Recently finishing second in StartupSmart’s “So you think you can Start-up” pitching competition, we can’t wait to see what they’ve got.

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People's Choice Award Winner 2014

DETAILS
  • Founder:

    Zach Griffin

  • Location:

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Sector:

    Gaming / Simulation

  • Website:

    KartSim (Black Delta)

STARTUP OVERVIEW

Sometimes good fun makes for great business. KartSim is built on that premise. Seeking investment to take a kart racing concept to the Steam platform for Mac and PC, as well as consoles, Zach Griffin is the man with the plan, personifying our ideal founder. With 13 years as a developer and experience as an artist on a major console racing game, he knows games like the back of his hand. He’s switched on to the enterprise side too, completing his business education at RMIT. Plus, as a Victoria State Series kart driver, he knows his way around a track. It all shows in his alpha-stage footage, showing the real thrill of hitting 160kph just 18mm off the deck.

KartSim is set to be a complete package. It allows racers to take to the track in customisable karts and gear, while also providing a sandbox, on-foot track editing mode. Sitting between the faithful representation of Gran Turismo, and the arcade fun of Need for Speed, KartSim is unique. There’s something special about seeing the game in motion (just imagine this with Oculus Rift and a wheel) and we can’t wait to hear the pitch on the night.

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THE WINNERS' SPEECHES

BlueSky

WeTeachMe

eCal

Black Delta

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