One of the most important qualities of an entrepreneur is their ability to spark an interest in their idea and convince others to support it. Without this skill, great ideas may never evolve.

Griffith Innovation Challenge is a course for budding entrepreneurs to work collaboratively fleshing out an idea, researching its potential and meeting with industry mentors or technical advisors to discover how to bring this concept to life.

Associate Professor Naomi Birdthistle from the Department of Business Strategy and Innovation accompanied three groups of students from the Griffith Innovation Challenge on a trip to Redeye in Brisbane and pitched their business ideas to a panel of experts from Redeye.

The students had the opportunity to pitch their idea before a discerning judging panel. The panel provided some excellent feedback and suggestions on strategies going forward.

Following the pitches, a Q&A session provided students with an opportunity to find out more about real life situations entrepreneurs may find themselves in. Each group then received mentoring from the various Redeye team members; Min Kweon (Software Engineer), Holstein Wong (Customer Success Manager), Craig Kelly (Project Manager) and Megan Johnstone (Marketing Lead).

Established in 2012, RedEye is a cloud-based platform that collates engineering plans and data for a large-scale asset in one convenient location to improve the way their clients manage assets and critical infrastructure. Now with clients in industries such as infrastructure, water and utilities, mining, oil and gas, energy and locations around the world, they’re providing solutions that addresses an asset’s entire lifecycle, not just design and construction.

After the mentoring sessions, students were then given a tour of the RedEye premises to get a glimpse into a day in the life of the team members who work at this Queensland based fast growing business.