18 October 2023Share
Following evaluation and voting by a panel of expert judges, ACU Co-Lab is delighted to announce Muhammed Irfan and Arafat Safdar as the winners of the $10,000 prize for the ACU Co-Lab Migrant Incubator Award 2023.
Muhammad and Arafat’s idea was for XStream Sports, a sports technology startup that they've founded. Their mission is to democratise sports streaming by providing cost-effective, AI-powered solutions that bring the excitement of live sports to grassroots levels.
Their innovative plug-and-play device automatically records and live streams sports matches, offering seamless coverage without the need for a camera crew. This revolutionary technology is set to transform the way local sports are experienced, making high-quality streaming accessible to clubs, schools, tournaments, and events.
Muhammad (left) and Arafat (right).
Winning the Migrant Incubator Award is a milestone moment for us. It's not just about recognition; it's about the validation of our vision to make sports streaming accessible to all. The award funds will play a pivotal role in accelerating our journey toward achieving this vision.
The Migrant Incubator Series has been a pivotal catalyst in our entrepreneurial journey. It provided us with a platform to refine our pitch, connect with mentors, and gain valuable insights into the Australian startup ecosystem.
Through the series, we received guidance on business development, funding strategies, and honed our pitching skills. The networking opportunities allowed us to establish crucial partnerships and collaborations, including with the Sydney Super Cricket League, Sydney Super League, Pennant Hills Cricket Club, and PlayPoint.
The Migrant Incubator Series not only recognized our potential but also empowered us with the knowledge and connections needed to propel our business forward. It's been an invaluable stepping stone on our path to revolutionizing grassroots sports streaming in Australia and beyond.
The Co-Lab Migrant Incubator Award also offered a prize to the best ACU student entry.
Kenith Poon, who is undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Migration Law, was awarded the $1000 ACU student award for his idea to create a fully AI-assisted platform to automate the entire visa consultation and application process for migrants.
Every year millions of people arrive in a new country as migrants, however, they often face many challenges getting a visa, (they are) either too costly, too lengthy, or the process too complicated. We are introducing an AI migration platform branded AI-mmi. We use AI to automate the entire visa consultation and application process just like what a migration agent would do. Our vision is to turn this into an AI-assisted online community for migrants.
The Incubator Series has helped me to strengthen my confidence and drive to turn my long-developed idea into a real project and a new venture. I enjoyed the practicality of the program, especially the tips on execution and fundraising.
The Co-Lab team was thrilled with the range and quality of innovative ideas from budding entrepreneurs who responded to the Migrant Incubator Award.
We would like to thank all entrants for their participation in the initiative, particularly for their time in researching and recording their pitch video. We are further encouraged by the underlying positive impact intended by the various solutions presented.
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