Entries now open for NDIS ‘New World Pitch’ competition

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Entries are now open for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) 'New World Pitch' competition for innovative technology that will enhance the lives of people with disability.

The competition is being run as part of the NDIS New World: Disability in the 21st Century Conference and Trade Show, to be held at the Brisbane Conference and Exhibition Centre, from 27-29 October 2015.

Australian start-ups, with ideas to assist people with disability, are invited to submit an on-line entry (External website), between 4 and 21 September. Three finalists will be shortlisted to pitch at the Conference.

David Bowen, Chief Executive Officer of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), said the NDIS 'New World Pitch' was an opportunity to partner with Social Traders Australia's leading social enterprise development organisation and encourage forward thinking start-ups to consider the technology needs for people with disability and unearth advanced technological solutions.

"The NDIS is at the cutting edge of service and support delivery to Australians with disability. We know that to continue to improve this service we must support discoveries in technology," Mr Bowen said.

"'NDIS New World Pitch' will encourage start-ups to think about real solutions and technological inventions in the disability sector.

"It will also provide three leading start-ups with unrivalled access to an engaged audience of 1500 conference participants, including representatives of leading technology organisations," Mr Bowen said.

Managing Director for Social Traders (External website) (external), David Brookes, said 'NDIS New World Pitch' fits perfectly with their mission to support the growth of social enterprise in Australia.

"The competition is looking for forward-thinking start-ups that use innovative and effective technology to transform the lives of people with disability, their families and carers. Already interest is building and we are excited and optimistic about what might be uncovered," Mr Brookes said.

Entries will be short listed on 28th September with finalists announced on 5th October. One representative from each finalist will receive pitch coaching from Social Traders, flights from their nearest capital city to Brisbane and accommodation for the conference.

This competition is now closed.