Climate Tech

Here are the finalists in the inaugural Climate Tech awards

- December 8, 2021 2 MIN READ
Olympia Yarger, Goterra
Goterra founder Olympia Yarger is a finalist in the Women in Climate Tech category
It’s been a big year for climate tech startups as momentum towards net zero carbon emissions takes on greater urgency around the world.

To celebrate what’s been achieved locally, the inaugural Australian and New Zealand Climate Tech Awards are being held in Sydney this Thursday, December 9.

The awards are being presented by the region’s largest Climate Tech community, Climate Salad, and being held as part of Climate Salad’s inaugural Climate Tech Showcase. 

Climate Salad co-founder Mick Liubinkas it was important time to showcase and celebrate the work of the ANZ tech community in addressing the pressing environmental challenges of our age.

“Technology has a huge role to play in getting the planet to environmental sustainability,” he said.

“Australian climate tech is booming and well on the way to creating a million new jobs. This showcase lets everyone see the amazing products and meet the teams building them. The awards is a symbol of recognition of the hard work being done by the climate tech ecosystem.”

Tickets for the in-person event are now sold out, but you can still join in online with it kicks off at 4.30pm on Thursday. You can book at Humanitix here.

There’s more on Climate Salad’s work here.

In the meantime, here are the companies and people nominated for the six  categories in the Climate Tech Awards. 



Climate Tech Newcomer 2021 – brought to you by Investible Climate Tech Fund

Awarded to a relatively early stage Climate Tech startup that everyone is talking about. 24 months or younger.

  • Cecil Earth 
  • Bloom Impact Investing 
  • Vertus Energy 
  • Zerojet
  • One Small Step 
  • Gidcognition 
  • Great Wrap 
  • Avarni
Climate Tech Impact 2021 – brought to you by AWS

The startup that has grown the most in terms of customers, impact and team and investment in the past 12 months

  • Trace
  • Emmi
  • Energy Synapse
  • Bygen
  • Fable Foods
  • MGA Thermal
  • FloodMapp
  • Goterra
  • Vow
  • Ripe Robotics 
Woman in Climate Tech 2021 – presented by Main Sequence 

To highlight the woman in this sector who is not only smashing glass ceilings but holding doors open and inspiring the next generation of female entrepreneurs in Climate Tech.

  • Yas Grigaliunas, founder of World’s Biggest Garage Sale
  • Lily Dempster, founder of One Small Step 
  • Cara Cooper, Co-Founder of Your Food Collective 
  • Lucinda Hankin, Grok Ventures 
  • Olympia Yarger, Founder of Goterra
  • Pavina Adunratanasee,  Smart Solutions Manager of Iberdrola  
Climate Tech Mentor 2021 – presented by Twilio (voted by community) 

Awarded to the mentor who goes above and beyond to help our climate tech co-founders

  • Zal Dastur, Founder, Advisor  
  • Mandi Gunsberger, Founder, Advisor 
  • Stefan Knight, AWS 
  • John Wood, Noab Ventures 
  • Bryan Rollins, Grok Ventures 
Climate Tech Investor 2021 – brought to you by MinterEllison (voted by community) 

This investor Angel or VC invested more than just money but time, mentorship and support to help foster and nurture the next-gen of Climate Tech solution makers.

  • Patriek Sieb, Investible Climate Tech Fund 
  • Sarah Nolet, Tenacious Ventures 
  • Matthew Pryor, Tenacious Ventures 
  • Phoebe Harrop, Blackbird 
  • Alexandra Clunes-Ross, Artesian 
  • Alex De Aboitiz, Angel  
Climate Tech Community Contribution 2021 – brought to you by Canva

Awarded to the member who is always at the ready for contributing, supporting and helping others. This member exemplifies what it means to be part of the Climate Salad community

  • Yas Grigaliunas, World’s Biggest Garage Sale
  • Alex Logan, Cecil 
  • Matthew Stead, Ping Services 
  • Bill Barden, Enosi
  • Marija Petkovic, Energy Synapse





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