EORA-3D and Quizling Win Australia’s Pitch Competition

By LAURA LOREK
Reporter with Silicon Hills News

Rahul Koduri, CEO and co-founder of EORA 3-D, which won Australia’s pitch competition for best business at SXSW.

Australia showed off its tech industry in a major way at South by Southwest Interactive 2017.

And the country’s tech startups performed well, said Patrick Hanlon, Trade and Investment Commissioner and Deputy Consul General in the Houston Australian Consulate-General. The Australian Trade and Investment Commission, known as Austrade, led the Australian events at SXSW.

Sounds Scouts, based in Sydney, Australia, won the SXSW Accelerator pitch competition in the Health and Wearables category.

The company created a game that is designed to test the hearing of children just starting school. It’s an accessible and low cost hearing test.

And on Monday, Australia held its first SXSW software and hardware pitch competition. Seven tech startups from Australia gave three minute pitches and then answered questions from a panel of judges. In the end, EORA 3D, which makes a high precision 3D Scanner powered by a smartphone, won for best business.

Rahul Koduri, CEO and co-founder of EORA 3-D, said the company is entirely bootstrapped. In 2015, the company raised nearly $600,000, far exceeding its $80,000 goal to launch the product. To date, the company has sold more than 4,500 units at $300 and is talks with major customers in heavy manufacturing, forensics and more, Koduri said. It already has customers in more than 60 countries that are using the scanner to digitize models for a variety of uses including 3D printing and industrial design.

The device is a fast and easy way to capture objects and surfaces accurately in 3D. Competing scanners cost anywhere from $18,000 to $100,000, Koduri said.

“The scanner works by projecting a green laser across an object and utilizing the smartphone’s camera and processor to study the distortion of the laser line and reconstruct a 3D model, that is accurate to sub-100 microns in under 10 seconds,” according to the company.

EORA-3D recently received Popular Science’s Invention of the Year for 2016 award.
Another startup, Quizling, based in Canberra, Australia, is a quiz platform where anyone can create, play and share quizzes. It won the pitch competition for best pitch.

Winners of the Australia pitch competition at SXSW.

Last week, Quizling presented in the SXSWedu Launch competition. School teachers Dion Oxley and Damien Trask founded the company in July 2014. The company has created quizzes for museums, galleries and libraries to make learning fun and easy for kids.

Its key partners include the National Gallery of Australia, The Royal Australian Mint, National Library of Australia and Inspiring Australia, a technology advocacy organization.

The other startups included Quitch, an educational technology company. Grainne Oates, a professor, started the company to engage students more in academic learning.

Linius Technologies, which makes video security and anti-piracy technology, is a public company based in Melbourne, Australia. It has a patented Video Virtualization Engine. Christopher Richardson is the CEO.

Jugglr, a mobile app that helps moms, created a platform for listing and getting paid for services. The platform also features a business affiliate program enabling local businesses and organizations of all sizes to have presence in Jugglr to market to moms. It is currently operating in Australia with plans to expand globally starting with North America and the UK. Elio Adragna is one of the founders.

Intelligent Security Integration Australia, which has been in business for 15 years, just launched its Mobile CCTV Command Center. It can be configured with customized video surveillance applications. It is marketing the product to government agencies, disaster management agencies, prisons, private security companies and others. Stephen Bell is the founder and CEO.

Artlivemedia, an enterprise search specialist agency, based in Minneapolis and Melbourne, Australia with 15 employees, specializes in Search Engine Optimization. It has worked with major companies including Cisco, Officemax and OfficeDepot, as well as Australian companies including Telstra, Henley, CGU and Tennis Australia. Michelle Bourke is the CEO and founder.

Editor’s note: Australia is an advertiser with Silicon Hills News

Comments

  1. Sounds strange, since I am a backer, EORA still hasn’t delivered ONE scanner to their Kickstarter backers. Somebody is pulling someones leg, or is this another example of “alternative facts”????

  2. Please amend the declaration, this statement is not true :
    “Koduri said. It already has customers in more than 60 countries that are using the scanner to digitize models for a variety of uses including 3D printing and industrial design”
    Ask the funders of project kickstarter and indiegogo!
    March 17 2017

  3. It’s always fun to see how startup companies quickly forget about their actual reason-to-be parties, aka their BACKERS on their kickstarter campaign for Eora3D…. yeah, probably they deserved it thanks to their…”prototypes”? but their lack of communication and delivery of product speaks for itself!

  4. I find it disturbing that a company like Eora can receive “awards” and praise for a product that has not even seen the light of day,
    Hundreds of backers were gracious enough to give Eora $600,000 of their hard earned cash, so Eora could start this project, and it seems that Eora is more busy pretending everything is great and they already have “delivered” products, while totally ignoring all those hundreds of people who gave them all this cash !
    “It already has customers in more than 60 countries that are using the scanner” is a big lie, I think the first customers who would receive this scanner would be from Indigogo or Kickstarter, but they make no mention of delivered units, or have they been shipping ready scanners to other parties, and we might sooner see the scanner on Amazon, then being delivered to the paid backers ?

    I think it is a disgrace how Eora is treating their loyal backers by not giving any timely updates, and keep dodging answering questions, and have no delivery date.

  5. Koduri’s statement is non-factual.

    As someone who has brought hardware containing electronics to market it is incredible to witness the deception. If you make something physical how can you claim users in 60 countries when the crowdfunders (including myself) have not received anything but frustration, delay and broken promises?

    As someone who has supported more than AUD$6000 in crowdfunded projects it is no surprise that deadlines have slipped. Missed deadlines is the norm in crowdfunding. Repeatedly breaking promises is not the norm. While there are widely published failures in crowdfunding (hello Tiko!) the majority of projects are run by creators who care and who communicate ethically.

    If only clear and honest communication was something that Eora could offer.

  6. How can Eora claim users in 60 countries when they’ve yet to deliver a a single unit? BS. They are a poor communicators and most of their backers are pissed at the continues be they kick out, when they decide to actually communicate (rarely). That team is sure enjoying themselves blasting about the world blowing money instead of creating a physical product.

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