Money for a great idea


Wollongong-based business Alpha Vet Tech has won a Kick Start grant from St.George for its idea to develop wireless technology to monitor pet health.

Jeremy Bocknek and Gabrielle Browne of Alpha Vet Tech developed the Wireless Zoo platform to improve animal health through medical technological advancements. The technology—which was the subject of a feature in the April 2017 issue of Vet Practice magazine—will enable the industry to monitor vital signs wirelessly 24/7, improving early diagnostics.

“The idea for Alpha Vet Tech started 10 years ago when I was working for a medical company focusing on neuro diagnostic equipment,” Bocknek said.  “My brother, who is a veterinarian, had to put down a puppy who had an allergic reaction to anaesthetic and wondered why vets couldn’t have the same monitoring technology that humans do.”

Alpha Vet Tech received $10,000 for winning runner-up in the ‘New Idea for an Existing Business’ category following a Fast Ideas competition at TEDxSydney.

The St.George Kick Start competition showcased brilliant business ideas from six start-ups and six small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with the overall winner and runner-up from each category awarded a share of $100,000 to bring their ideas to life.

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