Hills pitches for new tech ideas

Hills pitches for new tech ideas

New start-ups can access funding and business assistance to bring their ideas to fruition

ASX-listed Hills (ASX: HIL) is putting a call out for Australia’s next big technology invention.

Australian innovators and entrepreneurs are being asked to submit their proposals for ideas, projects and start-ups that can be funded, developed and commercialised in Hills’ Adelaide-based Innovation Centre.

Hills Chief Technology Officer, Leica Ison, said the Pitch Day round would help identify the best talent and brightest ideas, and bring their products or services to market.

Start-ups can access funding, business assistance and the use of its Innovation Centre in Adelaide to help develop products and services.

“What we want to do is help foster a really vibrant start-up culture and grow a pipeline of technology-driven products and services,” Ison said.

Hills is targeting its support towards projects that fit into areas such as health and aged care or assisted living; lifestyle and wellbeing (wearable devices); security and safety; data analytics; automation and smart home; communications and mobility.

Innovation Minister, Susan Close, said support for home-grown entrepreneurs in the early stages of developing their ideas is essential for growing a new generation of businesses.

The Innovation Centre is already supporting its first major project, which is a new nurse call handset for the growing number of hospital patients and aged care residents living with arthritis. There are three more projects in the pipeline this year.

Applications for Pitch Day have already opened and close on October 14.

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Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend the Hills Pitch Day in Adelaide on November 12, where they can present their ideas in front of a panel of commercial and academic experts.

For further information on how to apply .

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