DATE: Thursday, 29 October 2020
TO: All Media
FROM: Tasmania Cyber Security Innovation Node, AustCyber & Enterprize Tasmania Ltd
RE: Launceston Cyber Security Startup idea awarded $2,500 cash prize
To celebrate Australian Cyber Week 2020 the Tasmania Cyber Security Innovation Node today held Digital Demo Day for the inaugural Big Cyber Ideas Challenge.
A $2500 cash prize was awarded to the best and brightest emerging cyber security startup idea, following the completion of the challenge.
“We’re delighted to share the winner and runner up today and congratulate every participant who took the brave step of not only sharing their idea, but showcasing their video pitch to the world”, said Tasmania Cyber Security Innovation Node Manager Casey Farrell.
Delivered through a partnership with Enterprize Tasmania Ltd (Enterprize), the Big Cyber Ideas Challenge introduced participants to world’s best practice principles in early-stage startup development.
Trained facilitators taught the basics of how successful startups are built, how ideas can be validated, and how ideas should be pitched for investment, through online coursework facilitated by Enterprize.
Launceston's Tim Anderson, Founder of PortSafe, took out the grand prize.
"Our winning entry has identified a significant need to improve Cyber resilience for some of the Nation’s critical infrastructure. This business idea crosses Cyber Security, Maritime, Logistics and cyber-physical systems, in a place where the use of technology is absolutely essential, but it interfaces with systems controlled by many other nations" ( -- Casey Farrell).
Big Cyber Ideas Challenge Winner, Tim Anderson, said that the program had exceeded his expectations.
"Working across IT systems on a daily basis I am constantly seeing problems arise that are crying out for a cyber security solution."
"The Big Cyber Ideas Challenge allowed me to pragmatically map out the value I could provide by building my solution, and taught me how to take the next steps to bring my idea to market" ( -- Tim Anderson).
The Demo Day livestream can be viewed on the Enteprize YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/nJclVo3ZzKc
Both Casey and Tim are available for comment.
About Australian Cyber Week
Australian Cyber Week 2020 is the fourth annual showcase of Australia’s extremely innovative cyber security sector and is a flagship event of AustCyber, the Australian Cyber Security Growth Centre. The Tasmania Cyber Security Innovation Node is part of AustCyber’s national network of nodes, who collaboratively advance cyber security capability, innovation and commercialisation across Australia.
In Tasmania, the Cyber Security Innovation Node is a partnership of the Tasmanian Government, AustCyber and Enterprize. Recognising Tasmania’s existing industry capabilities, the Tasmania Node’s priority areas for cyber security development are Smart Cities, Internet of Things (IoT) and Marine Technology.
Enterprize is helping accelerate the development of the startup ecosystem in Tasmania by supporting entrepreneurs running innovative, high growth potential business startups across Tasmania with physical innovation hubs located in Launceston and Hobart.
Enterprize provides office & coworking space, runs events, facilitates mentoring and provides training to startups and entrepreneurs across the Tasmanian startup community. The project has been developed in accordance with world’s best practice; it is being led by local entrepreneurs, supported by government and corporate partners, and all participants in the project are investing with a long-term view.
Mr Casey Farrell, Manager, Tasmania Cyber Security Innovation Node - 0400 826 703 - firstname.lastname@example.org