• DSA-18 (map)
  • Building E, Unit 2.03, 1 Technology Place
  • Williamtown NSW 2318
  • Australia

Elite Robotics is a startup that specialises in the lean development of Autonomous Vehicle Technology (AVT) for use in mobile service robots. Co-founded by Sahil Harriram, Nathan Bartlett and Luke De Bono as a way to pursue a career in innovation having finished their degrees in Mechatronics Engineering and Industrial Design, their vision is to develop autonomous ground vehicles that will eliminate life’s most tedious and repetitive tasks. Elite Robotics first venture is a large-scale fully automated lawnmower inspired by the two acres of grasslands one of the co-founders must push-mow throughout the year.

This system is purpose-built for large organisations like golf clubs and councils and leverages three systems to navigate these vast and often complex environments: spatial awareness and environment perception; actions or behaviours the user has defined for the robot; and a system which links the two prompting movement. This approach is novel to the market and forgoes the need for a perimeter wire around the space.

Combining their design and mechatronics knowledge, the trio put together a concept and won a number of pitching competitions, including being one of five finalists in NSW for the AustraliaPost Regional Pitching Competition. More recently, Elite Robotics was awarded an NSW State Government Minimum Viable Product (MVP) grant, receiving $25,000 in matched funding as well as another $25,000 through participating in Australia's first Regional Accelerator Program run by Slingshot.

Join us live at DSA-18 Hub (or at Three76 Hub for the webstream) as Sahil describes his journey as a startup founder in robotics and advanced manufacturing industries, and to give his take on what led to Elite Robotics early successes and what the future holds for their exciting startup.

About Startup Stories

Startup Stories takes place every Thursday from 1 pm at the University of Newcastle's coworking spaces Three76 Hub(Newcastle) and DSA-18 Hub (Williamtown)*. Startup founders talk candidly about their experience as an entrepreneur and business owner – the highs, the lows, the wins, the mistakes, the whole enchilada. Startup Stories provides real-life examples of the different stages of the startup journey, creating a forum for startups to share and learn but also for the community to see tangible evidence of entrepreneurship making a difference in our region. #i2nStartupStories

*One space hosts the startup founder speaker while the other hosts a live web stream of the talk.

Program Partners

UON is proud to be able to bring this event to you via the NSW State Government's Boosting Business Innovation Program.