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Innovative Australian companies and researchers participating in AVALON 2019 will get the opportunity to present their ideas, technologies and products to the Australian and international community.

The Innovation Pitchfest, organised by the Defence Science Institute (DSI) in partnership with Aerospace Australia Limited, the Defence Innovation Partnership (DIP) in South Australia and Defence Innovation Network (DIN) in New South Wales, will take place on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 February during AVALON 2019 in the Innovation Theatrette in Exhibition Hall 1.

This will provide an opportunity for defence, academic and Industry to present innovations and research projects to a mix of potential customers, research partners and venture capitalists.

Expressions of Interest Registration

Expressions of Interest are now open for defence, industry, start-ups and Publicly Funded Research Organisations (PFRO) to participate in the Innovation Pitchfest at Avalon 2019. This event will comprise a series of three minute “pitches” aimed at demonstrating Australian innovation, research collaboration and development strengths.

Participants in the three minute pitches must demonstrate:

•Uniqueness and novelty (i.e. the innovation).
•Application or end goal of the innovation.
•Where future collaboration may be of benefit (and from whom).
•Can be openly presented without fear of IP theft.
•Can be explained in an engaging manner to a general audience in 3 minutes.
•Avoid being seen simply as a sales pitch.

The pitch sessions are to be seen as an opportunity to showcase an innovative idea/technology application/product in in early stage of its development (pre-commercialisation) to an audience including Defence Primes, OEMs, Defence customers/users, research professionals, venture financiers and critical/interested peers. In providing this forum during the AVALON 2019 Trade Days participants can take advantage of an advertised event in a prominent area of the indoor exhibition, utilizing a fast-paced and engaging presentation approach to ensure audience attention for the entire duration of their presentation. The final day of pitches will conclude with judging and the award of prizes. Participants will be offered training, free of charge (excepting travel), in the art of the “Three Minute Pitch” (locations yet to determined).

The Innovation Showcase is a collaborative event supported by Aerospace Australia Limited (the organizers of AVALON 2019), the Defence Innovation Partnership (DIP) and Defence Innovation Network (DIN). The prize-giving ceremony will be integrated with the presentation of the AVALON 2019 Innovation Awards at 4.15pm on Wednesday 27 February.

Applications open until late January 2019 or until the event is fully subscribed. If you have questions please contact Craig Butler: (craig.butler@defencescienceinstitute.com)

To Register Your Interest Please Complete the On-Line Application