Eighteen of Australia’s best emerging technology companies have been named as finalists in the Australian Technologies Competition (ATC21), to battle it out before the judges and the public on 25-26 October.

In the 11th year of the Competition, leading innovators in energy, smart cities, circular economy, manufacturing, health, food & agritech, mining and engineering, cyber security, disaster & emergency management and social impact are represented in the prestigious shortlist. The finalists were selected from 41 semi-finalists, who were all provided access to personal mentoring, a highly rated International Growth Masterclass and a deep dive growth program.

The ATC21 finalists are:

  • 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.
  • Vast Solar, NSW. Vast Solar is an Australian company that has developed world leading renewable energy technology which delivers continuous, low-cost, 85% carbon-free electricity in dry places.
  • 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.

An independent judging panel of founders and commercialisation specialists, including previous winners, assessed the semi-finalists on a concise 10-page business plan. With a focus on building global success stories, they are looking not only for the best technologies, but also the best leadership teams and business plans. On 26 October this year’s winners will be crowned during an awards ceremony compered by radio personality, media expert and public speaker James O’Loghlin.

This year’s 41 semi-finalists have jointly spent $210m to develop their technologies and have over 600 employees. Overall, they have received close to $154m in external funding and will be seeking additional investment at ATC’s partner connect events later in the year.

Competition organiser Pat Mooney said: “We aim to find the best Australian scale-ups, provide them with the best mentoring and growth support possible 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. 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. We invite the technology and investment ecosystem to join us on 25-26 October to learn from and celebrate these companies and to support them in their journey.”

The 2021 Australian Technologies Competition is proudly 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.

Register now to be part of an exciting two-day online event celebrating Australian technology and innovation: https://events.humanitix.com/australian-technologies-competition-national-finals-and-awards