Innovators Pitch Night - Accelerator Pitch Off

Event Date: 
20 September 2017
Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation (CERI)
22 Stirling Highway

The hugely popular LESANZ-WA Annual Pitch Event is taking it to the next level in 2017 with our highly anticipated Accelerator Pitch-off. A selection of Perth’s finest innovation accelerators have been invited to put forward their best pitch team to battle it out and pique the interest of our panel of expert judges in a highly entertaining evening of high-energy, nail-biting, quick-fire pitches.

Hosted by CERI at their outstanding Nedlands facility, we have assembled a line-up of innovators who are primed to pitch their opportunity at the judges. Contestants have just 5-minutes to convince the judges of the economic viability and market opportunity before the judges are let loose to dissect and critique each pitch. As well as the title of Champion Pitch, also up for grabs is a valuable and growing prize pool of services and business offerings from our highly valued supporters Wrays, HopgoodGanim, Swanson Reed and WA Business News. This is a night at the intersection between entrepreneurs, executives, investors and thought-leaders. Come and network with those on the brink of commercialising their innovations, many of whom will have been flying well under your radar. For innovators and entrepreneurs, this is your opportunity to also network with specialists and battle-hardened professionals with years of experience in the commercialisation space. Or come along purely for the entertainment value and to perhaps see the next big ticket innovation to emerge from the Perth scene.


The Judges:
Derek Gerrard – Go-Capital
An active tech investor with 20 years’ experience in the industry who is passionate about helping early-stage tech companies grow to become sustainable and profitable businesses. Derek works to accelerate the growth of companies through his corporate advisory firm, Go Capital, investing through their private equity fund. He is the Head of Innovation Bay in Perth, a networking series between technology entrepreneurs and angel investors that has helped entrepreneurs raise over $20M in seed capital and is a Board Member of Meridian Global, a foundation that brings professionals together to donate to relevant charities. Derek also founded his own tech company, Greensense, and led the team to commercialise Greensense View®, a cloud-based, real-time energy and water monitoring solution, raising significant private equity funding before successfully exiting to a top ASX business.

Kath Giles - Brandon Capital Partners
Kath is the WA Investment Manager at Brandon Capital Partners, a $530M Life Sciences Australian investment fund. Before this, Kath was an Investment Manager with Perth-based Stone Ridge Ventures, a generalist fund manager specialising in seed-to-early stage technology investment. In addition to her investment experience, Kath has had startup experience in medical app development, diagnostics and fitness devices. She has been a director of Cerulean Medical and Dimerix, currently sits on Curtin University's commercialisation advisory board and is a Director of Spark Co-Lab.

Raj Kale – Perth Angels/Closed Loop GPS
Raj has been involved in early stage startups for the past 20 years. With a wide range of industry experience from Mining and Medical to Finance and Technology. Raj has an eclectic set of interests in innovation and has a passion for innovative ideas and business development. With his background as a member of CPA Australia, he brings both technical expertise and drive to provide businesses with sound support and guidance. As a member of Innovation Bay and a committee member of the “Deal Screening” Panel for the Perth Angels, he has a keen interest in the ecosystem and is also currently working on two startups in Perth as an investor and co-founder.

Our Moderator:
Charlie Gunningham - Founder & MD, Damburst
Originally an Economics teacher from the UK, via Singapore, Charlie Gunningham landed in Perth 20 years ago to do an MBA at UWA. Graduating as top student in 1999 he set up, an online real estate business, running it for 10 years before selling to REIWA, whereupon Charlie and his team ran He then moved to Business News to lead their digital transformation as GM of Digital, then CEO. In 2017, he established Damburst, his own digital transformation consultancy. For more, see

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