The brains behind a new beekeeping app have been chosen to pitch for a $100,000 funds boost.
Bee Intelligence, which provides its BeeApp software for commercial beekeepers, is one of just 20 companies to be shortlisted.
The app, which started life in Marlborough, saw off competition from a raft of other businesses at the LAUNCH Festival in Sydney – which attracted more than 1000 start-up businesses.
BeeApp Co-founder and CEO Erik Bast, says it’s been an exciting time.
“We’re really excited to be one of the few startups pitching at the event – it’s strong validation that there is international interest in BeeApp.
“We are excited about the opportunity to be exposed to the resources and expertise of these global innovation leaders, he says.
Bee Intelligence co-founder Christian Stresing made the long trip from Berlin to Sydney to join some of the team on the ground.
The company has earned the right to take part in a pitch which could see them scoop the prize pool. The event is the first international version of Silicon Valley’s largest startup conference.
Three New Zealand startups from ecentre’s Sprint Global startup programme also flew to Sydney to take part.
Marlborough-based BeeApp co-founder and keen beekeeper Dale DeLuca came up with the idea after looking for ways to help combat everyday problems.
The self-taught apiarist says he couldn’t find an app that could help.
“I quickly found there wasn’t anything decent around that was going to help me understand how my hives were performing, or keep track of the health of my bees…
“As a beekeeper I understand what beekeepers need,” he says.
The company’s technology suite includes sensors, offline smartphone apps and web-based dashboards.