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Here are the finalists in the 2023 Startup Daily Best in Tech Awards

- August 8, 2023 2 MIN READ
Hysata team
The Hysata team
A Wollongong-based startup helping Australia’s energy transition with a faster, cheaper way to produce hydrogen, has topped the nominations list for the 2023 Startup Daily Best in Tech Awards, with three finalist nominations.

Hysata, founded in 2021, has designed a new kind of electrolyser, the component used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen that is a critical technology in green hydrogen production.

The company is a finalist in the Startup of the Year, as well as the Best Sustainability Startup category, as well as a finalist in Most Innovative Startup.

Nearly 250 entries across the 10 categories, which also includes Scaleup of the Year, Best Technical Leader,  Best Startup Culture and Best New Founder.

Startup Daily editor Simon Thomsen said the judging panels were impressed by the quality and breadth of the entries and it was a challenge to choose just 3 finalists.

The Earlywork team

“Most Innovative Startup was the most popular category, with more than 40 entries, and many of the judges commented on just how good the entries and ideas were, hoping they could add more finalists,” he said.

“The standard shows just how vibrant and diverse the Australian and New Zealand startup ecosystem is and the process gave me some insight into the challenge venture capital investors face in having to choose who they back.”

Alongside SBE Australia’s Nicole Cook and LaunchVic’s Dr Kate Cornick are finalists in the Change Champion category, the judges also selected apiarist and environmentalist Ben Moore from Ben’s Bees in Victoria as someone who embodies making a difference.

“Even though I see plenty of startups and founders editing the site and on the Startup Daily show, it’s great to see these awards unearth others who also deserve recognition,” Thomsen said.

The winners of the 2023 Startup Daily Best in Tech Awards will be announced at a gala dinner in Sydney on September 6.

Tickets for the event, at the Establishment Ballroom, are on sale now through the social impact startup Humanitix.

The inaugural Startup Daily Best in Tech Awards are made possible thanks to the support of several key sponsors, including major partner AWS Startups and supporting partners Dell Technologies, Agrifutures EvokeAG and Investment NSW.

Here are the finalists.

Scaleup of the Year

Supported by AWS Startups

Spee3D

Shift

Go1

Startup of the Year

Supported by 1835i

Hysata

Neara

Vively

Best Regional Startup

Jobs for NSW

SBE Australia’s Nicole Cook

Supported by Investment NSW

Zondii

Hydrogen at Home

IIF (Invest Inya Farmer)

Best Startup Culture

Supported by The Culture Equation

Bridgit 

SolveSquad

Kanopi 

Best Sustainability Startup

Supported by Zembl

Hysata

Goterra

Kapture

Best New Idea

Supported by Techstars

MRead

Earlywork

Abtulus

Most Innovative Startup

Supported by Dell Technologies

Hysata

MGA Thermal

Q-CTRL

Best New Founder

Supported by Tank Stream Labs

Molly Fullee, Onvol

Nikki Cali, Wisdome

Michael Kambouridis, Taxleopard

Change Champion

Nicole Cook, SBE Australia

Kate Cornick, LaunchVic

Ben Moore, Bens Bees

Best Technical Leader

Andrew Minett, Sicona Battery Technologies

Gokul Chandrasekaran, JDoodle

Ron Conry, Conry Tech

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