About the event

 

More than 100 entrepreneurs and budding start-ups will convene in Melbourne's IBM studio at the end of April for Infiniti, a weekend design sprint to test the business viability of ideas that pursue responsible consumption. This event is the intersection of business, technology, sustainability and design.

The winning teams (maximum of five multi-disciplinary members) will be rewarded with a small funding prize and where relevant will be fast tracked, leveraging expert support/mentorship to move the idea to accelerator ready stage.

The event partners and judging panel will include senior representatives from The Common Purpose Collective, Australia Post, StartupSmart, Paintback, NAB, City of Melbourne, IBM, Downstream.

The Common Purpose Collective founder Darren Sutton says the Infiniti sprint format is uniquely positioned to generate feasible business options in a short time frame with rapid feedback and decision making by participants. “The ability to bring together so many talented and inventive entrepreneurs to test the viability of these ideas that combine tech, business and sustainability is crucial for us,” he said. “It’s about creating partnerships that share common ground and in this case, it’s the shared goal of responsible consumption. Circular Business is a $1tn dollar opportunity for Australia to leverage".

Karen Gomez Paintback Chief Executive: “An event like the Infiniti sprint is at the core of our ethos because it’s working across the supply chain to bring about innovative solutions using business, technology and sustainability,” she said. Gomez says Infiniti is important because bringing together business, technology and sustainability is a necessary precursor to bringing about enduring change. “It’s exciting to have a model where you bring different stakeholders together who have an investment in a problem - whether it’s personal, business, or from an innovation perspective and they can work together to solve it. The potential to expedite solutions by taking a co-design approach is really exciting.”