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Spark finalists announced

October 1, 2014

Apps, medical innovations and organic yoghurt have won over the judges in the Spark $100k Entrepreneurial Challenge, with 14 teams confirmed as finalists for 2014.

“This year’s finalists have developed some exceptional ideas,” said Colin Phillips, Business Development Manager at Alleasing.

“A number of the ventures are expected to join other successful Spark alumni in taking local innovations to the world – this is an exceptional outcome and one that made the judging process extremely difficult.”

The 2014 winners will be revealed on October 22, with the $100,000 prize pool including mentoring and feedback from industry experts, business workshops, 1 on 1 IP session, seed capital and business incubation.

Spark CEO, Alina Varoy, said: “The wide-ranging ideas covering a myriad of sectors are not only impressive, they confirm that New Zealand innovation is alive and kicking, with entrepreneurs thinking outside the square and prepared to stand up and take chances.”

The 2014 Spark finalists are:

  • BabyAware: a method of monitoring foetal brain activity to identify injury to the brain from oxygen deprivation before birth.
    Engineering/Medical and Health Sciences
  • Back Pocket Drive: an app that tracks the driving of youth for parents and encourages safe driving amongst young drivers.
    Computer Science/Medical and Health Sciences
  • Cocoa: a Smartphone app that assists 21st century clinicians to perform their daily tasks with greater ease and efficiency.
    Law/Medical and Health Sciences
  • Easylink: enabling wheelchair users to seamlessly transition from the pavement into their vehicle without undertaking a manual or assisted transfer.
  • Future Insights: a search engine that explains 80% of your data in one click.
    Engineering/Computer Science/Science
  • H.E.A.R.T: a cloud-based heart monitoring system that will summons emergency services to the patient’s location for immediate assistance without the aid of a third party.
  • IRAP for ankle: a smart solution to prevent, rehabilitate and prevent ankle injuries.
  • Pillion: aiming to help elderly or infirm people to self-medicate in a more efficient and accurate way.
  • Questa – The Guild of Healers: using online gaming to assist the 20% of teenagers with mental health problems, enabling them to practice and improve their resiliency online and overcome issues.
    Education/Medical and Health Sciences
  • Save Ya: an overhaul of the current paper incident reporting system on work sites, saving time and allowing information to flow better and more quickly.
    Business/Medical and Health Sciences/IT Academic Support
  • Sleepine: an app that delivers an effective and individualised ‘prescription’ for a good night’s sleep without pills, frills or side effects.
    Medical and Health Sciences
  • Thykk Yoghurt: revolutionising thick yoghurt as we know it by offering a natural protein hit with next to no fat and hardly any sugar.
  • Wine Grenade: a simple and cost effective tool to help winemakers make great reds through micro oxygenation, which will enhance the reputation for disruption in the New Zealand wine industry.
  • Womengineers: a mobile app aimed at increasing the number of girls studying STEM subject by promoting engineering and technology to girls at intermediate school age.

Alleasing signed a 12 month sponsorship agreement with Spark earlier this year.

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