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Here are the 18 finalists in the Australia Technologies Competition

- October 5, 2021 3 MIN READ
Microbio founder and chief scientific officer Dr Flavia Huygens. Photo: Tony Phillips
The Australian Technologies Competition (ATC), an annual celebration of the nation’s best best emerging technology companies, has revealed the 18 finalists for ATC21.

The finalists were chosen from 41 semi-finalist scale-up companies that collectively, employ more than 600 people and have invested more than $210 million in the startup technology ideas.

The companies involved had already had access to personal mentoring, an international growth masterclass and a deep dive growth program as part of the competition process.

This year’s shortlist ranges from energy to smart cities, circular economy, manufacturing, health, food, agritech, mining, engineering, cyber security, disaster and emergency management, and social impact are represented in the prestigious shortlist.

The national competition, run by Impact Tech Ventures, is now in its 11th year, and is designed to identify and accelerate home-grown scale-up ventures with global potential.

Competition organiser Pat Mooney said they set out to find the best Australian scaleups, provide them with the best mentoring and growth support and connect them with global partners.

“This year’s finalists provide outstanding solutions to many of the challenges and opportunities that Australia and the planet face,” he said.

“They include systems to predict and manage the impact of climate change and bushfires, new energy solutions, circular economy solutions for food and textiles, telehealth service delivery, protection against password and identity theft, accident prevention in heavy industry using AI and many others.”

Later this month the founders will spend two days working with and pitching to an independent judging panel of founders and commercialisation specialists, including previous winners.

Mooney said they’ll be looking for companies looking to create global success stories, not only with the best technologies, but also the best leadership teams and business plans.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on October 26.

“We invite the technology and investment ecosystem to join us on October 25-26 to learn from and celebrate these companies and to support them in their journey,” Mooney said.

More on the competition is available at austechcomp.com

Here are the finalists in ATC21.

Finalist State Description
Avertro NSW Avertro delivers a SaaS platform that focusses on the business benefits of cyber security to help leaders articulate and quantify the value for the whole organisation.
BlockTexx NSW BlockTexx has created a solution to the problem of textile waste – recovering polyester and cellulose from textiles and clothing.
Change Foods VIC Change Foods use precision fermentation and advanced manufacturing methods to produce bio-identical dairy proteins and fats required to make cheese and other dairy products without using animals.
Coviu NSW Coviu is a leading video telehealth solution, powering simple, secure and feature-rich video consultations for healthcare professionals.
FormFlow VIC FormFlow’s C90 creates a discrete bend in corrugated sheeting used in buildings, an airtight, structural connection at corners that enhances bushfire resilience and enables new solutions for sustainable building pre-fabrication.
Goterra ACT Goterra is a waste management infrastructure that empowers a circular economy.
Haventec NSW Haventec is an Australian digital privacy company that has developed and validated a platform that stops digital identities (usernames and passwords) and data from being stolen.
IVvy QLD IVvy is a cloud-based event management software for venues of all shapes and sizes.
Lenexa Medical VIC Lenexa Medical is developing personalised, pressure injury (PI) prevention and patient monitoring, focussed on reducing the burden on healthcare systems.
Microbio QLD Microbio is an Australian biotechnology company delivering a paradigm shift in patient care through unique, specific, sensitive and rapid pathogen identification tests.
Microbiogen QLD Microbiogen is an Australian biotechnology company with global success in industrial Saccharomyces cerevisiae years, presenting significant short and long-term commercial opportunities ranging from biofuels and food to space and feed.
Pitcrew AI NSW Pitcrew AI keeps vehicle and equipment fleets moving, safely and effectively using distributed IoT systems to provide heavy vehicle fleet condition monitoring and analytics.
Plaetos VIC Plaetos is a large-scale discussion and analytics platform, purpose built for socially-complex, but mission critical issues.
Presien NSW Presien build artificial intelligence vision systems that effortlessly prevent accidents and automate health and safety reporting in heavy industries.
RedEye Apps QLD RedEye is a software company that helps owners and operators of built and natural assets access, use and leverage their asset data for safer, easier and more efficient operations and management, especially in preparedness for natural disaster events.
Share with Oscar NSW Share with Oscar is Australia’s leading marketplace for sharing parking on-demand.  Their mission is to create smart, sustainable, liveable cities by better utilising the existing infrastructure without building more car parks.
XDI Cross Dependency SA XDI provides physical climate risk analysis to support decision-making in business and government to protect operation and investments from climate exacerbated hazards.


The 2021 Australian Technologies Competition is sponsored by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, the Victorian Government, Accelerating Commercialisation, METS Ignited, the Australian Space Agency, IMCRC, AustCyber, FIAL, MTPConnect, NERA, NSX Australia and FB Rice.   Partners include the CSIRO, SBE, LaunchVic, Cicada Innovations, MTAA, AMTIL, Heads Over Heels, HKTDC, WIT, NCTCE, Hatch Quarter, ACBC and AOEG.