August Newsletter

Author: Jenny Hanson

Company News

Product Development

Earlier this year we put together a proposal to a local organisation to do some early stage testing. We are pleased to announce that our trial has been approved and we are going to begin testing in the next couple of months. As a result we have been pushing hard to get our product ready in time. Our lawnmower received a fresh coat of paint and we have sent away a lot of the internal parts for manufacturing.

In addition to this, we are in the final stages of testing our electrical system. We also want to aboard Luke Dostal, who is our latest intern. He has just completed a double degree in Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering and is going to be working on the cutting system of our prototype.

Community Engagement

This month we had the pleasure of hosting UON’s Centre for Organic Electronics Winter School at Three76Hub. CEO & Co-Founder Sahil Harriram spoke to the students about his experience during uni and how it shaped his path to creating a start-up. It was a pleasure to host such a bright group of young people, with such amazing ideas for the future!

UON Alumni Awards

As part of the UON Alumni Awards, we were fortunate enough to attend an intimate fireside chat with Mick Liubinskas, co-founder of Muru – D, and Trent Bagnall, founder of Slingshot at our office. We had the opportunity to pick their brains as co-founders of startup accelerators on what it really takes to build a sustainable and customer centric business.

Australian Industry Group

At the Ai Group’s monthly Innovation Cluster meeting, our CEO Sahil Harriram gave an in-depth presentation on Elite Robotics. Here he outlined our current progress on our business and spoke about some challenges we have faced with regards to obtaining workshop space for manufacturing. Luckily for us, there was a local manufacturer at the presentation who offered to assist us further with out endeavours!

Australia Post Regional Pitch

Although we didn’t get the results we had hoped for at the NSW state competition, it was an honour to be chosen as a finalist. To watch our pitch, click here. For a look behind the scenes, check out our photo album on Facebook & read our blog post: Auspost Pitchfest Recap.

Events On The Radar

UON Enterprise + Innovation Week 7/8 – 11/8

E + I week is annual events series taking place across UON campuses. Students are able to attend expert panels, workshops & master classes, as well as enter a business pitch competition at the end of the week. In 2016, Elite Robotics was the winner of this competition!. Read all about our experience here. This year we will have a booth during the Expo on Wednesday from 12-2pm. Be sure to visit us in the Brennan Room on Callaghan Campus! For info and complete schedule click here.

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