bot•hello awarded Lord Mayor’s Global Entrepreneur Grant

December 19, 2019
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Alongside ten other Brisbane businesses, bot•hello is proud to announce that we have been awarded the 2020 Lord Mayor’s Global Entrepreneur grant. Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner announced the recipients on the 6th of December, with each business being awarded $5000.

“These businesses represent some of the exceptional ideas to have been incubated in Brisbane,” — Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner

bot•hello will be using the grant to travel to the 7th annual Chatbot Summit in Las Vegas on the 13th of May. The Summit is considered a central event in the conversational design space. And by attending the event, bot•hello hopes to continue to establish Brisbane as an Australian hub for conversation design.

Fellow Grant Recipients

Geoff MichelmoreAREMDE – Murarrie
In September 2018, AREMDE launched their core product, Nexus One, an espresso machine built in Queensland for the global specialty coffee. Having started with a coffee machine, the ethos behind the company is to create an eco-system for the café, changing the way hospitality businesses imagine flow and process.

Magnus Murray Douglas & Tom WatkinsAustralian Droid & Robot – Taringa
Australian Droid & Robot specialises in the design and manufacture of robots and unmanned aerial vehicles, with a major focus on the development of a supersonic drone that delivers medical supplies and communications anywhere in Queensland within 40 minutes.

Simone JoycePaypa Plane – Brisbane City
Paypa Plane allows banks to offer their SME business clients a packaged and integrated payment system. This means that businesses do not need to use costly third-party payment providers in order to find the best digital payment experience for their business and their customers.

Chelsea Murphy PlayBook – Newstead connects athletes to sports coaches for one-on-one, small group, team or online training. All sports. All abilities. PlayBook is the destination to search, book and pay for a sports coach for athletes to play to their potential. It’s all about kids enjoying sport so they stay playing the game and are confident both on, and off, the field.

Dion JensenREVA Hospitality – Brisbane
REVA Hospitality provides a unified digital interface which enables hotels, resorts and casinos to drive additional revenue and enhance guest engagement. Their proprietary geo-location technology ensures hospitality businesses never lose a guest, even if they move from the place they ordered from.

Rebecca KroonRobe ( – Paddington
Robe was born from a desire for a garment that could be easily throw on over wet swimmers without having to compromise on style, quality or feel. It has evolved into a lifestyle brand that delivers wardrobe essentials for the fashion-conscious woman.  Robe’s signature fabric is a 30% silk/70% cotton blend that retains the best qualities of silk but has added functionality that ensures it won’t be compromised by water – a world-first innovation that has become a cornerstone of the brand.

Darren Oliver & Simon TurnerSensaWeb – Karana Downs
Radiation monitoring is a multi-billion dollar industry, yet it is stuck in the 1950s in terms of how it is monitored, measured and reported. SensaWeb provides a global-first specialised sensor-as-a-service solution to clients in highly regulated industries having an exposure to radiation infrastructure and/or operations. SensaWeb’s service provides remote monitoring and automated alarms and reporting features that no competing product currently offers.

Damian Bielinski & Caleb YeohTravelbyBit – Fortitude Valley
TravelbyBit is an online travel agency built for the blockchain generation. Customers can book flights and hotels using blockchain payments for travel services from anywhere in the world, in addition to traditional payment methods, and enjoy up to 10% rewards in bitcoin.

Owen Beard Universal Field Robots – Fortitude Valley
Universal Field Robots builds capable, robust outdoor robotics at a price point that is economic and will power adoption and scale.  Self-driving control software is applied to mass produced machines to make products that have functionality similar to factory industrial robots.  The robotic machines have a tablet GUI and are linked by 4G to a remote operations centre so that humans can take control to deal with complexity.

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