The Lord Mayor’s Budding Entrepreneurs Program, run by Brisbane Marketing, has reached its final round and awarded nine of Brisbane’s brightest start-ups with prize funding grants. More than 120 Brisbane start-ups entered into the round, making it one of the most competitive rounds yet.

With so much competition, the winners of the round have certainly earned their victory, and it’s easy to see why. Judging panel member and Brisbane Marketing Chief Digital Officer, Cat Matson, said round eight of the program had yielded some fabulous talent.

Among those awarded is a drone company, Iridium Dynamics, providing businesses with long-range aerial inspection, surveying and mapping capabilities, and a 3D visualisation cell tower analysis and auditing service for Telcos and Towercos, called SiteSee.

Both SiteSee and Iridium Dynamics have serious potential in shaping operations in their respective fields, but they’re not the only standouts in the round.

Mitchell Robinson, the youngest-ever budding entrepreneur at 15 years of age, has been awarded funding for IDU Digital Identification, which aims to prevent underage drinking and allows venue patrons to need just their phones on a night out.

“Our app is the first of its kind with safely and securely storing a digital version of your ID so that when going out to a bar, pub, club, casino, cellar, festival or nightclub you no longer have to worry about leaving your ID at home or worry about it while out,” said Mitchell.

Many of the winners are setting up websites and apps to make business easy and convenient.

Real estate app Estate Space aims to deliver a platform for people to sell their own homes, without the need of an agent. Other online endeavours have a majorfocus on eCommerce solutions, like Built with Shopify and Zenify Me. Propeller BDM offers a bid management platform for global business development teams, and EventCipher connects organisers with relevant suppliers and vendors, streamlining the process. Pure Go-Pro Hire also earned the funding, with exactly what you’d expect.

“We’re looking forward to mentoring the entrepreneurs through the next six months as they grow and shape their capabilities,” said panel member, Cat Matson.

The judging panel featured City of Brisbane Chief Digital Officer, Cat Matson; Little Tokyo Two Founder, Jock Fairweather; Commercial Engagement Director at UniQuest, Jennifer George; and Aaron Birkby, CEO of Startup Catalyst.

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