Startup hub Fishburners has opened entries for its Tech for Good Awards, designed to promote startups harnessing technology to help solve some of the biggest challenges faced by people and the planet.
The awards feature seven categories, with reach winner receiving a $5,000 cash prize. The winner of the Tech For Good Excellence Award will receive an additional $5,000.
The categories are:
- Climate Action Award
- Better Health and Wellbeing Award
- Tech for Good Female Founder Award, sponsored by Microsoft for Startups
- Sustainability Award, sponsored by BDO
- Sustainable Product Award, sponsored by Amazon
- The Diversity and Inclusion Award, sponsored by Optus
- Fishburners Social Impact Award
Fishburners CEO Nicole O’Brien said support for future startups must focus on tackling environmental, economic and social challenges.
“If we look to the next 10 years, we now realise that success depends on startups remaining at the forefront of a tech-enabled future and they must focus innovations towards sustainable development and ongoing social and economic wellbeing,” she said.
“Together with the NSW Government and Investment NSW, we’re asking emerging businesses in this space to tell us about how they are developing solutions to help solve some of our greatest challenges.”
The Tech for Good Awards are an important recognition for startups who have created innovative products and services addressing climate change, sustainability, health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, and accessibility.
O’Brien said technology will exceed other parts of the economy and is predicted to grow three times faster than mining or manufacturing.
“When you add our state’s economic strength, abundant natural resources and innovation-ready business environment, technology presents a wave of opportunity to scale-up great ideas for the good of people and the planet and to generate new jobs and investment,” she said.
Entries in the Tech for Good Awards will need to demonstrate ideas enabled by technology that are intended to change the world by positively impacting people and planet across the seven categories.
The awards are supported by the NSW Government, Optus, Microsoft, Amazon and BDO.
Entries close July 31.