The fifth annual Tech23 Awards was held in Sydney last night, with top honours going to 2Mar Robotics who won the Innovation Excellence Award and the ATP Innovations’ Explorer Award for their robotic arm developed for people in wheelchairs. They were awarded with return flights to Silicon Valley, five nights’ accommodation and hosted introductions in the Valley.
The Tech23 Greatest Potential Award was won by Sabre Autonomous Solutions for their grit-blasting robot. They also won London & Partners Discover Tech City Award, a free trip to London.
BuyReply, who enable retailers to sell products straight from TV or a catalogue without using apps was the crowd favourite, taking away the Tech23 2013 People’s Choice Award. A cash prize of $5,000 sponsored by PayPal was also awarded to BuyReply.
REA Group awarded their $5,000 cash prize to FoodOrbit for their platform connecting farmers and restaurants, and a $1,000 Visa gift card thanks to Braintree.
SimplyShow.me won $2,500 cash from AMP Amplify Festival for their secure video solution.
NSW Trade & Investment awarded two MVP Grants worth $15,000 each to Sabre Autonomous Solutions and Intersective, creators of experiential learning communities.
“This year there was a great variety of companies – from batteries to robots to skytrees. There was also more of a national feel than in past years with half of the Tech23 coming from outside NSW and many attendees visiting from interstate,” said Rachel Slattery, founder of Tech23.
“It’s great to see so many exciting technologies that can bring real impact to productivity but also new technologies that can really benefit the lives of people.”
Full list of prize winners:
Tech23 2013 Innovation Excellence Award » 2Mar Robotics
Tech23 2013 Greatest Potential Award » Sabre Autonomous Solutions
Tech23 People’s Choice Award » BuyReply
Innovate NSW MVP Grant » Sabre Autonomous Solutions
Innovate NSW MVP Grant » Intersective
PayPal Creating opportunity together award » BuyReply
REA Group Purpose & Passion prize » Food Orbit
ATP Innovations Explorer Award » 2Mar Robotics
London & Partners Discover Tech City Award » Sabre Autonomous Solutions
AMP Amplify Festival Most promising technology for enterprise application award » SimplyShow.me
Braintree best payment using mobile award » Food Orbit
Sirca University Medal for Tech Entrepreneurship » Breezedocs
Amazon Web Services Award » Ennova
Citrix Best early stage company award » 121cast
Anchor’s Legendary server management award » ollo mobile
Advance mentoring session » Roomz
Cloudstaff Ignition award » Ennova
Controlabill best subscription business model prize » ollo mobile
Fishburners most investable award » HSK Instruments
Google Encouragement prize » BuyReply
Lunch with Nick Gruen » SkyTree
Mentoring with Matt » SkyTree
MYOB Online Innovation for Small Business Award » BuyReply
Noah Consulting Disruption award » SkyTree
Saasu Plan for the future award » Breezedocs
Meeting with Square Peg Capital » HSK Intruments
Stripe Loves Australia award » Food Orbit
Meeting with Susan Wu » 2Mar Robotics
The Delicatessen Agency Light-globe moment award » Food Orbit
The New Agency Best growth hacking and boot-strapping prize » 2Mar Robotics
ThoughtWorks Getting stuff done award » 2Mar Robotics
Weco 24/7 co-working 2 month kickstart » 121cast
ilab Germinate Program Award » Rightprism
Innovation Island People’s Choice Award » Cloud Herd