Challenge Recognises Lifestyle, Finance & Engineering Innovation

Damian Watson, Ashley Dunn, Hume Bank CEO Stephen Capello and Sidney Duncan-Steele.

A Life Tech Challenge, designed to unearth local entrepreneurs and innovators, has announced its top three finalists for this year.

Ashely Dunn, Sidney Duncan-Steele and Damian Watson are down to the final ‘pitch’ with their concepts encompassing a diverse range of categories including lifestyle and well-being, finance and engineering software.

The trio will be presenting their ideas at the TAFEspace in Wodonga on Thursday 27 September.

Guests will hear from the up and coming innovators as they present their ideas to a judging panel of experts. The competition winner will take away $10,000 and a 12 month mentorship.

A Rising Star, who will also be announced on the night, will take away a $2,000 cash prize to further their ideation development.

The competition has been developed by Hume Bank.

“The Life Tech Challenge is one example of our commitment to strengthening community partnerships and help collectively invest and drive innovation in our region,” said Hume Bank Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Capello.

The expert judging panel includes; Jennifer Weller owner director of Creativeworkz, Xavier Mardling – Editor at The Border Mail, Rebecca Litton of Litton Legal and Hume Bank Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Capello.

The judges will provide mentorship to the major prize winner to help them with their idea execution. Finalists will be judged on their innovation and creativity, use of technology and impact on people.

In preparation the challenge, Director of Creativeworkz and Life Tech judge Jennifer Weller, facilitated two Ideation Workshops. The aim of the workshops being to help the aspiring innovators of our community harness their ideas and get submission ready.

All finalists will also have the opportunity to attend an Innovation Boot Camp at Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) Thurgoona Campus to be held in October.