Melbourne livestock management platform AgriWebb has taken out the Startup of the Year category at this year’s Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) iAwards, recognising Australian innovation, with Tasmanian video startup Biteable also winning plaudits.
The startup has created a livestock management solution with full data transparency to capture information and help farmers make smarter farming decisions. The agritech startup uses an e-notebook to take the pain out of cattle and sheep record keeping, allowing farmers to focus on their enterprise rather than audits and compliance.
The awards this year received more than 600 entries from across government, startups, corporates, and students, with the innovations awarded and highlighted looking to solve problems across industries including healthcare, community services, entertainment, tourism, and the environment, with the CSIRO recognised for its initiative looking to improve the health of honey bees.
Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of AIIA, said entry numbers reflected the broadening scope of Australian innovation, which is providing solutions to problems that matter.
With Data61 sponsoring this year’s awards, CEO Adrian Turner agreed that the calibre of this year’s finalists were testament to an “accelerating innovation ecosystem where research, government, industry and startups come together to build a supportive environment, allowing us to be creative, bold and to move faster”.
“Innovation happens when people share ideas, data and expertise and then focus relentlessly on having economic, societal or environmental impact with these insights. To compete on a global scale, we need to invest in growing our innovation capability by nurturing stronger collaboration networks and encouraging local talent to be ambitious in creating impactful work that has the potential to change the world we live in.”
Brisbane startup DoseMe, which recently announced it had raised a $2.6 million Series A round, won the Pitchfest! Award with its software platform, which uses patient data and lab results to estimate a person’s metabolism to accurately provide the best possible level of drug dosage.
Using a precision dosing tool built on a complex mathematical algorithm, the platform is able to estimate a person’s ability to absorb, process and clear a drug from their system.
The Innovation of the Year and Big Data Innovation of the Year Awards both went to Optika Solutions for its Akumen product, which allows users to host vast amounts of data and then make sense of it through the creating and exploring of various scenarios, predictive analytics, and accommodating variables.