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Mother-of-two Amy Page knows all about the joy – and discomfort – of being pregnant.

So she designed an inflatable bed to allow pregnant women to lay on their stomachs, which lets them enjoy leisure activities, and reap the many health benefits for mum and baby.

The Belly Bunker’s convenient fold design and waterproof material makes it easy to store and transport without having to inflate and deflate every time.

Its support band acts like a baby hammock, taking the weight, supporting the skin and relieving the pressure off the back and spine, creating a state of weightlessness.

Amy has single-handedly taken her invention through every stage – research, design, manufacture, testing, branding, intellectual property rights, importing, warehousing and marketing.

“I imagined the Belly Bunker in my head and then went looking for it. I was shocked to find there was nothing like that for pregnant women. So I designed it.”

Belly Bunker was runner-up in last year’s inaugural Croc Pitch hosted by the Darwin Innovation Hub.

Forty innovators took part in the contest.

Amy, who is a professional photographer and graphic artist, has been given a grant under the Northern Territory (NT) Government Business Innovation Support Initiatives scheme, which will be used to refine the design, add new features and reach new markets.

She has also gained investment from the Paspalis Innovation Investment Fund.

“I am beyond words to have the support of the NT Government and Paspalis Innovation Investment Fund cheering me on and providing expert advice and connections to take things to the next level.

“Without their joint effort to give Territorians the opportunity in Croc Pitch none of this would have happened.

 “Even though you have brought a great idea to life, nobody is going to know about it unless you get it marketed, which can cost a bucket load… and for most of us there’s only so much family funds you can spare.

 “BISI has made this possible at a rate I could only dream of.

“I’ll be able to travel nationally to speak to leading health professionals and put this product front and centre at all major expos.”

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Four Territory entrepreneurs and small businesses have received support under the Business Innovation Support Initiatives (BISI) program to take their innovative ideas to the next stage.

Entrepreneur, Amy Page received a BISI grant for her product Belly Bunker, an inflatable bed allowing pregnant woman to lay on their tummy to experience many health and leisure benefits for mother and baby.

The BISI grant will now help Amy refine the design, add new features and reach new markets for her product.

“Even though you have brought a great idea to life, nobody is going to know about it unless you get it marketed which can cost a bucket load… and for most of us there’s only so much family funds you can spare.”

“BISI has made this possible at rate I could only dream of, I’ll be able to travel nationally to speak to leading health professionals and put this product front and center at all major expos,” she said.

Other supported BISI projects include; a small device that ventilates work clothing for workers in hot, humid and confined areas, a mobile laser mapping system using low cost light detection and ranging sensors and an interactive portal on digital devices to learn, create and share multimedia education content.

The Business Innovation Support Initiatives program is open all year round, and provides up to 60% support for eligible projects. Each voucher is up to $25,000.

For more information about the support available to get your innovative business idea off the ground go to the Innovation website

Austrade Round Table

Austrade Round Table

Today we welcomed Jenny West, General Manager Trade and Investment and Joel Smouha, State Director – Northern Territory to the Darwin Innovation Hub.  Jenny and Joel met with DIH’s Program Director, Wendy Pech and start-ups who are interested in the pathways to being export market ready.  Many thanks to Jenny for providing insights into support provided by Austrade’s Trade and Investment team.

What is Austrade?

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission – Austrade – contributes to Australia’s economic prosperity by helping Australian businesses, education institutions, tourism operators, governments and citizens as they:

  • develop international markets and promote international education
  • win productive foreign direct investment
  • strengthen Australia’s tourism industry
  • seek consular and passport services.

International Women’s Day

Last week, we had the pleasure of partnering with Chartered Accountants ANZ and the Northern Territory Government to hold an event to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Thank you to guest speakers, Professor Sue Carthew, Amy Page, Lateesha Jeffrey and Kristen Raison for sharing the experiences they have encountered on their business journeys. It was fantastic to hear from a diverse group of women who have each represent various industries on all levels.

International Women’s Day is a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The day was first marked in 1911 and was supported by over one million people. Today, International Women’s Day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.

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Belly Bunker Awarded Second Prize at Croc Pitch 2018

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Congratulations to Amy Page who was awarded second prize at Croc Pitch 2018!

Finding comfortable and pressure relieving positions for your spine, hips, bladder, lungs, stomach, pelvis, knees, basically everything while pregnant can be almost impossible, until now!

Belly Bunker is a must have for all pregnant women, allowing the body to be in a more natural position, releasing tension from the hip ligaments.

The possibilities are endless with Belly Bunker as pregnant women are no longer limited to laying uncomfortably on their backs, enjoy it in the pool, at the beach, in the park, getting a massage, doing yoga, or even getting the much craved night’s sleep.

Luxurious in height and width ensures every woman feels comfortable and secure. The convenient fold design and waterproof material makes it easy to clean, store and transport anywhere without having to inflate and deflate every time.

Each Belly Bunker comes with a support band, providing additional support, not only for your spine but your skin as well.

Embracing you, protecting your baby!

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