Key Highlights:

  • Sixteen of Australia’s best emerging technology companies have been named as Finalists for the Australian Technologies Competition 2017 (ATC17)
  • These Finalists will battle it out in front of the judges at Showcase events in Melbourne & Sydney

Industry leading innovators in the sectors of energy, manufacturing, food & agritech, mining, medtech & pharma, cyber security and smart cities are represented in the prestigious Australian Technologies Competition (ATC) Finalist shortlist for 2017.

Now in its seventh year, the ATC has today announced its Finalists across eight industry categories. This follows on from the extensive mentoring and Business Plan judging by the competition’s eminent panel of experts. With a focus on building global success stories, the judges are looking for not only the best technologies but also the best managers and the best business plans.

These top innovators will now battle-it-out in front of a live audience in the final rounds of the annual competition. The Cleantech Showcase in Melbourne on 12 October at the All Energy conference will see the Winners of the New Energy and Smart Cities Awards decided.

The remaining Awards, including the Australian Technology Company of the Year 2017, will be won and lost at a Showcase & Awards event to be held in Sydney on 16 November. The overall Australian Technology Company of the Year 2017 will be announced in Sydney by Hon Craig Laundy MP, the Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.

This year’s 32 Semi Finalists have jointly spent $56 million to develop their technologies and have over 200 employees. They are jointly seeking an additional $45m of investment to bring the solutions to market. To facilitate this, the Semi Finalists will be meeting Australia’s best tech investors at investor speed-dating sessions on the morning of the awards.

Competition Organiser John O’Brien says he is on a mission to turn great technologies into great businesses, 'We aim to find the best companies, provide them with the best mentoring possible and connect them with global partners, including on our trip to Hong Kong and Shenzhen in October. We want to help create multi-billion-dollar global success stories.'

The Finalists are leading Australia’s creation of new knowledge and skills intensive industries that will forge Australia’s position in global high-tech markets.

Supporters and partners for the 2017 program include the Department of Industry, Innovation & Science, the Federal Government’s Industry Growth Centres and industry associations including AustMine, AusBiotech, AMTIL and the Facilities Management Association. In addition, export opportunities are provided through the support of UK Department for International Trade and the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council.

Further information and Event Details at

Australian Cleantech Showcase, Melbourne, 12 October

Australian Technologies Showcase, Sydney, 16 November

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