cohortIQ announced as winner of DataStart

cohortIQ announced as winner of DataStart

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Monday, 11 April 2016

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

cohortIQ, a health start-up that uses hospital and open government data to reduce the estimated 235,000 avoidable hospital admissions each year, was named the winner of DataStart on January 18th.

The DataStart initiative was announced in November 2015 and is a joint partnership between the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Australian incubator, Pollenizer.

cohortIQ beat seven finalist teams by pitching their data-driven idea to a panel of judges which included:

  • Paul Shetler – Chief Executive Officer, Digital Transformation Office
  • Alan Noble – Engineering Director, Google Australia and New Zealand
  • Benjamin Chong – Founder and Investor, Right Click Capital
  • Clare Hallam – Director and Company Secretary, Pollenizer Global.

cohortIQ have won $200,000 in seed fund investment from Right Click Capital and Pollenizer Investments, as well as a nine month incubation program with Pollenizer. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the DataStart corporate partners, including Optus, Google, PwC Australia, CSIRO’s Data61, RoZetta and the Australian Information Industry Association, will also provide ongoing support and resources to cohortIQ.

Three runners up also received prizes:

  • Mezo Research, a natural resource management company, was invited to join Pollenizer for a nine month incubation program
  • Gemini3, a job sharing platform, was offered six months mentoring and coaching with Pollenizer Sherpa
  • The founder of Comployment, a small business compliance tool, was offered a scholarship to the Founder Institute program.

To find out more, visit the DataStart website. You can also join the conversation on Twitter using the #DataStart hashtag.