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It’s all about Venture Dorm – here, in Byron Bay and on the Limestone Coast!
And some huge congratulations are in order to our latest small business founders who’ve pitched.  

This year, we joined with Sourdough Business Pathways to bring Venture Dorm to regional NSW. 
The program ended with the first ever Demo Day, a chance for the participants to pitch their business to judges, fellow participants, family and friends. And there was a winner!

The Hemp Collective took away first place for their innovative take on hemp’s many uses and for creating a community hub for hemp farmers. See how it all happened by watching the recap!

Here in SA, we’ve had one of our most exciting Venture Dorm intakes ever. 
With participants from CoA’s LeftField Scholarship program and Hub Adelaide’s Spark Program included in this intake, we hosted pitch night and heard from an incredible 15 founders. 

Our brilliant panel of judges – Bert Verhoeven, Steph Jeuken, Ann Verbeek and Sandy Walker – picked 6 founders who’ll go on to pitch at Demo Day:
A Women’s Village: Tania Guest & Sharon McGann
The Queer Society: Sean Henschke & Brad Martin
Redifi: Jan Klan
Grapes of Mirth: Jason Nikolas
Feel the Beatz: Janvhi Sirohi
Tessia: Amila Hibeljic

And finally, over on the Limestone Coast we’ve picked our finalists too!
Thanks to our judges – Laki Kondylas, Chris Edmonds and Melissa Prior – we picked 4 founders who’ll pitch on Demo Day:

Karen Kemp: The Echobean
Tanya Pettingill: Jolly Soles
Jamie Harding: Theatrix VR
Dylan McQueen: Scroll Queen
Good luck to all of our finalists!
Seem exciting? Next time, your name could be amongst our finalists.

If you’ve ever wanted to join Venture Dorm, why not make this the year for your great idea? We’re now accepting applications for the next round. Don’t keep wondering what if… find out more today!

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We’ve wrapped another Innovative Manufacturing Accelerator intake, and our manufacturers made some incredible breakthroughs with their mentors, facilitators and the IMA Advisory Board.   

We caught up with two of the participants, Zac from Ledgard Pruning/Task Automation and Lyndon from Prohab to hear what they achieved during the program. For Zac, it was a clear-cut strategy for using sensors in their pruning mechanisms, and Lyndon gained value from the manufacturing networks.

If you’re in manufacturing, maybe it’s time for you to think about IMA? Access world-class facilities and advanced manufacturing experts who’ll guide you towards Industry 4.0 processes. There’s only a few places left in the next intake, so get in touch today.


Our Shift.ed Impact Venture Series has teamed up with the Thinkers in Residence series to welcome Allyson Hewitt for a special masterclass. 

Allyson will join Bert for this interactive workshop focusing on the ethics around Doing Good and collaboration. We’ll cover: 

  • What are the different ethical views within the blended value space
  • How different ethical stands prevent or encourage collaboration
  • How new technology is impacting the future of the blended value space

Tickets are just $15 for this powerhouse combination and exciting stop on Allyson’s Thinkers Residency. We hope to see you there, June 4th at Flinders Victoria Square!



Raph, our advanced manufacturing expert here at NVI, took a trip up to Mount Gambier High School to teach the students more about 3D Printing. 

The kids were given a challenge and invited to design and print a solution, using Design Thinking and problem solving for an everyday issue – drinking juice! Raph has written a great recap for your enjoyment – make sure you read it and think about if there are any schools in your life that would love the Innovation in Schools products!



MEET: Geoffrey Dening, the founder of both Goingtoplaces.com and the South Australia app. Goingtoplaces.com provides application development to local Australian townships, creating an app ecosystem which provides tourists with information on attractions, accommodation, community events and more. Geoffrey’s second venture is the South Australia app and website combo. Designed to be the ultimate traveller’s guide to South Australia, in the palm of any visitor’s hand.
JOINED NVI: Geoff first became part of NVI through Venture Dorm Limestone Coast in 2018 – pitching Goingtoplaces.com. He identified that the program was very supportive, pointing out “the advice, encouragement, content and mentoring, created excellent fuel for my continued success”. Geoff’s Goingtoplaces.com ecosystem has since gained international recognition, being invited to present at the ASEAN Tech Challenge and making it to the second round in Taiwan’s Tourism Innovation Awards. He’ll present the South Australia app at the Goingtoplaces.com site at the 2019 SA Tourism Conference on the 28th and 29th of May.
FUTURE: Geoffrey is focused on expanding both Goingtoplaces.com and the South Australia app. This expansion will continue to support the Australian tourism ecosystem and provide a base for local businesses to not only survive, but thrive.
If you’d like to download the recently launched South Australian app, click the link below:



Shift.ed Impact Venture Series x DDF’s Thinkers in Residence with Allyson Hewitt
Are you trying to do good or change the world but struggle with how to deliver impact collaboratively? If that sounds like you, please join us for our next Shift.ed masterclass where we’re workshopping the ethical challenges of collaborating for good. Joining Bert is Allyson Hewitt, Don Dunstan Foundation’s Thinker in Residence.
4 June, 3:00 – 4:00 @ Flinders Vic Square | Tickets HERE


Feed Your Brain | Investing In Ideas Fundraising and Bootstrapping | FREE!
An unmissable opportunity to hear from Christian Thaler-Wolski of Berlin. Christian is a startup advisor who specialises in bootstrapping and fundraising. Don’t take our word for it – just make sure you’re there to hear straight from the man himself, it’s set to be a valuable session for any founder. Did we mention he works with the founders of heatmap tech giant Hotjar?
May 24, 1-2pm @ NVI, Level 2 Flinders at Tonsley at Tonsley FREE! Tickets HERE


Are you a thought leader in your space, with a story to tell? The Feed Your Brain platform is here for you to use. 
Our Feed Your Brains are known for providing free, useful info in a casual setting prime for learning. If you’d like an audience to speak to and share your knowledge, we’d love to hear from you. Click the button below to contact our coordinator Emily about your topic and availability – we’ll provide the space and make sure there are people there to hear you!


Welcome to Education Hack 4.0.

We’re inviting South Australian schools to explore the opportunities of the future education in the digital age during a 2 day collaborative hackathon.
Student and teacher teams are encouraged to register for Education Hack 4.0, and expressions of interest are open now. Intrigued and have a school in mind? Follow the link below for more information and how to sign up.




Want more news from the NVI stratosphere?

Here’s what else has been happening.


    • Voxon Photonics will be demonstrating their 3D volumetric display technology at EduTECH, Australia’s largest Education Technology Conference, in Sydney June 6-7. If you’re in Sydney, make sure you head down and say hi! Find out more about how the Voxon team work with students HERE.
    • Celebrating Marion is shining the spotlight on local success stories with a public artwork, special branding, and an online calendar of achievements. Next up? A talent contest! If you know a superstar with a gift who wouldn’t mind winning some cool prizes, find out more HERE.
    • Flinders Law Public Lecture Series: An Introduction to Blockchain and Smart Contracts. In this introductory lecture Mark Ferraretto, Flinders Law, will discuss the origins of blockchain, provide an overview of the technology, its potential, risks and whether blockchain has the potential to change the business and legal landscape in the future. Get your free tickets HERE! 
    • SPACE: The Opportunities are Endless! Hear from this fantastic panel as they present their diverse views of space and answer your questions; Flavia Tata Nardini, Professor Andy Koronios, Dr Alice Gorman and Flinders University’s Nicola Sasanelli. Tickets are available HERE.

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