Me3D has won the University of Wollongong’s iAccelerate Pitch 2015 for their 3D printing idea

A 3D printing company with the goal to design the best educational 3D printer has won the fourth annual University of Wollongong’s iAccelerate Pitch.

BIG IDEAS: The fourth annual iAccelerate Pitch on Thursday was a grand final of innovation, where entrepreneurs get a chance to polish and pitch their business idea to a panel of experts. Picture: Supplied

BIG IDEAS: The fourth annual iAccelerate Pitch on Thursday was a grand final of innovation, where entrepreneurs get a chance to polish and pitch their business idea to a panel of experts. Picture: Supplied

The Wollongong startup Me3D had five minutes to pitch their business idea and it’s growth potential in front of a panel of experts and VIP audience Thursday night. They won not only the judges vote but that of the audience too, picking up $3000.

However the event was more about the opportunity to connect entrepreneurs to the business community and seek investment and collaboration.

iAccelerate CEO Dr Elizabeth Eastland said the program aimed to help contribute to the Illawarra’s economic regeneration and diversification.

“A critical part of transforming the regional economy is nurturing ideas and helping them grow to become employers and scalable companies,” she said.

Judges runner up was Geointeractive, who are developing rapid ways to map underground mines and hazardous environments in 3D using advances in digital cameras and computer vision technology. Audiences runner up was Tweewind, which time-shifts your Twitter feed so you won't miss out on the action next time you watch a recording of a sporting event.

​This year included a high number of female finalists as well as judges, in line with iAccelerate’s mandate to promote gender balance in the male-dominated sector.

WINNING IDEA: iAccelerate CEO Elizabeth Eastland with Pitch winner Leanne Connelly from Me3D. Picture: Supplied

WINNING IDEA: iAccelerate CEO Elizabeth Eastland with Pitch winner Leanne Connelly from Me3D. Picture: Supplied

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