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Open Innovation Competition 2020 Pitch Night

We invited innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses, students and the community to find ways to help eliminate the 800,000 tonnes of waste created within the City of Melbourne boundary every year.

After six weeks of exploring how to use data and technology to reduce waste in our city and make for a more transparent circular economy, the finalists presented their best ideas at the Open Innovation Competition pitch night on Wednesday 19 August, 2020.

Winners were announced on the night with a number of exciting prizes awarded including a share in the $30,000 cash prize pool, entry into the University of Melbourne’s Velocity Program and RMIT’s LaunchHub program, plus a product discovery workshop with creative agency Mo Works.

The international prize winner will have the opportunity to test and adapt their solution for the Indonesian and global market with help from The Greater Hub at Bandung Institute of Technology and the City of Bandung. This program also includes a three-month hot desk membership from Melbourne-based co-working hub, 11th Space.

We also had a very special prize package for the overall winner courtesy of Startup Victoria. This package consisted of a variety of business-related goodies for the winner to use to further develop and grow their startup. From credits and discounts, to mentoring sessions and workshops, this package has an overall value totalling more than $100,000.

Watch a recording of the Pitch Night event


Meet the finalists who pitched their ideas on the night


Haidar Al-fallouji, Co-founder and CEO, charityBay

charityBay believes in bridging the gap between those who wish they could help, and those who do, the charities. They provide an online marketplace and mobile app, where users can donate items that are converted into cash going to charity, increasing items’ lifespan, reducing hard waste and promoting social equity.

1st place winner
International prize winner
MAP Velocity prize winner

Crateful by STREAT

Rebecca Scott Co-founder and CEO, STREAT

Crateful is a low-cost, low-tech, low-footprint urban farming system designed to get families growing some of their own fruit and veggies at home. The simple, modular growing system is superpowered by the waste stream of the local food industry, one of the most wasteful industries in the city.

3rd place winner

RMIT Rubberised Concrete Processing Technology

Syed Minhaj Saleem Kazmi, PhD Civil & Infrastructure Engineering Candidate, RMIT University

RMIT Rubberised Concrete Processing Technology (RRCPT) can turn recycled material, rubberised recycled aggregate concrete, into traditional concrete material. This is achieved by drastically enhancing the material properties of the recycled material through a novel way of concrete casting without the use of additional materials.

RMIT LaunchHub prize winner


Amanda Pacheco Bravo, Master of Design Innovation & Technology Student at RMIT

T’wine is biodegradable sustainable packaging for wine made from the by-products of winemaking. Paired with an urban winery experience and an app, it keeps materials in use, while supporting local wineries and generating jobs. T’wine aims to scale to the rest of Australia and eventually eliminate glass and packaging waste in FMCGs.

RMIT LaunchHub prize winner

Pitch night judges

Meet the panel of experts and competition partners who judged each pitch

Councillor Cathy Oke

Chair of the Environment portfolio, City of Melbourne

Claire Ferres-Miles

CEO, Sustainability Victoria

Matt Salier

Director, RMIT Activator

Abena Ofori

Social Impact Manager, Melbourne Accelerator Program

Tristonne Forbes

Managing Director at CivVic Labs

Mo Hamdouna

Creative Director at Mo Works