Australia’s future entrepreneurs lit up the stage at AMP’s 2018 Amplify Ignite event in Sydney last night, which was proudly sponsored by Talent.

Held as part of AMP’s Amplify innovation festival, the one-night-only PhD pitch night saw 20 students from across Australia present to a live business audience for a chance to win funding for their research.  In a time where research funding is scarce and significant research goes undiscovered, Ignite is designed to help bridge the communication gap between the world of academia and Australian business.

After the students took to the stage their innovative business ideas, Talent’s APAC CEO Mark Nielsen and Sydney GM Matthew Munson shared Talent’s journey from start-up to global business.

Congratulations to the two winners on the night Samara Qaraghuli who took out the major prize of $5000 in research funding and Art Cruz who won the People’s Choice Award with a prize of $1000.

Mark Nielsen said that investing in the next generation of new ideas and entrepreneurs is something Talent as a business is extremely passionate about.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to the start-up sector we have recognised bold ideas and brave leadership across the technology sector through our own Talent Unleashed Awards program. This sponsorship of AMP Amplify Ignite is an extension of this commitment and helps Australia’s brightest minds in the education sector to change the world.”

In line with this goal, Talent has also partnered with Entropolis to creating opportunities for primary school students across Australia to develop and pitch their own business ideas. The first initiative within this programme, Kidpreneur Challenge Unleashed is currently underway with entries closing November 23.

“We are thrilled to be able to foster innovation at every stage of development, from primary school children with Kidpreneur to PhD students with Ignite, through to fully-fledged start-ups as part of Talent Unleashed. Our goal is to unleash potential and these initiatives are critical to this purpose,” Nielsen said.