The pre-Christmas chaos may have meant you missed the announcement of the overall winner of the 2009 John Heine Entrepreneurial Challenge (JHEC) in Melbourne. The award was granted to the Double Tamper Guard team from Swinburne University of Technology. The Double Tamper GuardTM is a tamper proof anti-doping sample collection device.
The JHEC is Australia’s only national new venture competition for tertiary students and is judged by two panels of expert judges. The winner earns $10,000 in startup funds and a grant of $15,000 in airfares and accommodation and the right to represent Australia in the Global MOOT Corp® Competition, which will next be held in Texas, USA in May 2010.
The runners up were Di Pietro Engineering (first) from the Australian National University (ANU), which received $5,000 in cash prize money, and inSURFhaler (second) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), receiving $3,000.