Melbourne here we come!
With less than four weeks to go until the All-Energy Conference and Exhibition opens its doors, the Australian Technologies Competition will be there to spotlight Australia's most promising clean tech companies in 2018, who are competing for the top spot in the Smart Cities and New Energy Award Categories.  As part of this day-long event, a partner connect session will be held in the morning, followed by presentations by past ATC winners who are invited back to the stage.  This year's clean tech finalists will then make their pitches in front of our Judges and audience, leaving two companies to be crowned as the 2018 winners!  If you'd like to be a spectator at this event, please email: to express your interest.
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Drum roll please.... 2018 Finalists to be named in a week
This year's Finalists are set to be named on Monday 17 September.  Keep watch for our special announcement on Monday of next week.  Our team of 11 Judges are still hard at work determining which entrants continue to stand out as the having the greatest global potential.  With such an incredible pool of contenders, it's going to be a fight to the finish line.  We congratulate all semi finalists on their entries!
2018 Semi Finalist News
Hydrox Co-Founders named one of Queensland's top 20 under 40 entrepreneurs by the Courier Mail
ATC congratulates semi finalist Hydrox Technologies on their recent accolade, as co-founders Mark and Rob Trenchard were both named one of Queensland's top 20 entrepreneurs under 40 a few short weeks ago.
(2018, August 30). Queensland's top 20 under 40 entrepreneurs and business leaders. The Courier Mail.  Retrieved from

Third generation plastic manufacturers Mark Trenchard and brother Rob are founders of Brisbane-based ag-tech start-up Hydrox Technologies.  They sell 800 tonnes of plastic mulch a year that is used by small crop farmers to preserve soil moisture and warmth.  It was named one of the best new products at the World Ag Expo earlier this year. 

Arriving in Australia as teenagers, the brothers studied business at University of Queensland before going into the family plastics business.  They later set out on their own, making plastic bags for the aquarium industry to transport tropical fish.  "We designed a round-bottomed bag that did not squash the fish when they were transported," 39-year old Mark says.

Looking around for cheap machinery after the 2011 flood ripped through their factory, they chanced upon an old plastic extrusion machine.  Through trial and error, they produced a ground cover which used 25 percent less plastic than other mulch, and shrank when exposed to sunlight, giving better yields.
New Energy entrant Mike Hodgkinson of Capricorn Power presents at Melbourne's IMPACT7
2018 semi finalist Capricorn Power talks sustainable energy at this year's Impact7 event, held in Melbourne last month. Click to view.
More about Capricorn Power
Capricorn Power harvest waste heat from sources including flare gas (e.g. landfill, waste water, food waste), solar or furnaces (e.g. green or wood waste) so that an urgent waste disposal problem can become a sustainable heat and power solution.
What sets their technology apart?  Capricorn Power's technology operates at very high efficiency even at low scale, allowing them to provide containerised, on-site, sustainable energy at an affordable cost.  They're demonstrating this at Barwon Water’s waste-water treatment plant at Colac, and at Geelong Cemeteries Trust Crematorium.   Capricorn Power's vision is to create a new, sustainable source of electricity, manufactured in Geelong and exported globally.
Inkerz takes their smart pen to the U.S., receiving an overwhelming response
Inkerz pen smart application captures every pen, pencil or paint stroke on any piece of paper, canvas or board of any size
ATC semi finalist Inkerz recently visited Keystone, Colorado where they attended the conference of its partner Canvas. Canvas is one of several leading learning management system (LMS) providers and currently the biggest LMS in the US with 30 million users.  Inkerz representatives report the following key outcomes following the conference:
  • Inkerz was announced as one of four inaugural booster partners of Canvas
  • Inkerz receives priority access to all Canvas customers (30 million users)
  • Access to one of Canvas's major investors - a US based large Edtech fund
Above all, Inkerx reported that this trip enabled the team to validate their product, sales strategy and messages.  James Street, Global Business Development & Partner Manager of Inkerz said: "We received an overwhelming repose.  The Canvas community were crying out for the ability to enable handwriting into the Canvas LMS.  This enthusiasm was validated by orders and the creation of a very solid sales pipeline of 100 institutions."

We done Inkerz!  We hope to see you in the Finals in this year's Smart Cities Award Category.
Cogito named semi finalist in the Australian Defence Landforces 2018 Innovation Awards
Congratulations to Cyber semi finalist Cogito, on being selected as a semi finalist in the Australian Defence Landforces 2018 Innovation Awards.  Although not a winner in this year's round, they received recognition and publicity surrounding their Cyber security platform, Jellyfish.
Quick Safety a recipient of Queensland's Ignite Ideas Fund
Quick Safety, the electricians choice for testing and compliance was recently named one of 69 recipients of the Queensland Government's Ignite Ideas Fund.  Congratulations to Kurt Alexander for transforming safety compliance with the click of a button.  To find out more about Quick Safety, visit their website.
ATC Alumni // Have your Say
Uniting our Alumni and maintaining the benefits of collaboration and on-going engagement is essential to maintain a thriving tech ecosystem.  The Australian Technologies Competition is seeking feedback from members of our Alumni (past semi finalists and finalists) on the type of Alumni activities that appeal to them.  We welcome members of the ATC Alumni to have their say using the following survey link.
Share your Story // Celebrate your Milestones
ATC alumni and current entrants are encouraged to submit news/highlights about their commercialisation journey.  If you have something to share about developments on the business front, key milestones or small successes, email us at: so we can promote your story through our news and social media channels.
News from our Growth Centre Partners // METS Ignited
Queensland based METS Ignited recently named three companies that have been selected to take part in the METStech Passport. The METStech Passport is the first of its kind between Australia and Chile and involves sending Australian scale-ups to Chile for a two-week immersion in the country's mining innovation ecosystem. The successful applicants are Conveyor Products and Solutions (CPS), Minnovare (2018 Australian Technologies Competition semi finalist) and Matrix Materials.  The companies will gain unprecedented exposure to the resources sector, flying to Chile in October for meetings and site visits with mining companies, government, industry and universities in the region. The METStech Passport is a ticket to new opportunities in the LATAM region for METS companies. It is a joint initiative between METS Ignited, Austrade and Fundacion Chile's Open Innovation program, Expande.
Save the Date // 2018
1. New Energy & Smart Cities Final Awards -  4 October 2018 (Melbourne)
2. Final Showcase & Awards Evening -15 November 2018 (Sydney)
Register Now // All-Energy Conference
The Australian Technologies Competition will be hosting their New Energy & Smart Cities Finals on 4 October within the All-Energy Conference & Exhibition event.  Register online now.
Thank You // Industry Growth Centres
Hong Kong // Seeking Australian Tech Talent
The Hong Kong Government is seeking specific professions in support of their economic development.  Some of the professions include: waste treatment engineers, cyber security specialists, marine engineers and more.  Thinking of a sea change? To view the full list of occupations and find our more about living and working in Hong Kong, click here.
The Australian Technologies Competition is proudly organised by Impact Technology Ventures - a business acceleration company that assists expansion stage companies (scale-ups) in the clean energy, agritech, water and health sectors to commercialise and expand in Asia.  Through strategy advice, mentoring, team building, partner matching, investment sourcing and hands-on sales and marketing support, ITV provides the missing pieces to companies looking to grow rapidly beyond the Australian market.
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