We’re shining a light on promising innovators all around Australia.
Showcasing Australia’s most creative solutions to real-world problems.
Congratulations to the five winners of the $150,000 prize pool: EarFlo, Innofocus, Ripen Tech, Vaulta, and Zondii!
Congratulations to the winners of the Australian Innovation Competition! Together, they exemplify the innovation and ingenuity that Australia brings to the world stage.
“The competition has shown again the creative and technological talent in Australia and our opportunity to become a leader in innovation across so many areas. The challenge of commercialisation, investment access and showcasing is an opportunity there for the taking at state and national levels.“
EarFlo is a medical device specifically created to treat young children who suffer from chronic ear infections.
Innofocus developed a high performance flexible film that can cool down any covered objects without consuming electricity.
Ripen Tech has developed an IoT device that weighs fruit in real-time while still on the plant, improving harvests.
Vaulta’s battery casing condenses multiple functions into fewer parts, with no welding required, improving reuse and recycling.
Zondii’s patented technology helps woolgrowers save time and generate higher returns at auction with instant, on-farm breeding and classing decisions.
“What a tough job to give the judges with such a strong field of entrants! Australia is in great hands if this selection of innovation across health, agriculture, energy, the environment, arts, ageing and so much more, is anything to go by.”
“The cutting-edge solutions and advancements showcased by these talented individuals and companies are a testament to the boundless possibilities of human ingenuity. As a judge, I am eager to see how these innovations will continue to shape our future and add value to society. By recognising and supporting these pioneers, we are not only encouraging progress but also nurturing a culture of exploration and discovery.“
Congratulations also to the Australian Innovation Competition Finalists!
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“The shortlisted applicants’ dedication to sustainability, cutting-edge technology, and collaborative efforts showcase the spirit of entrepreneurship in Australia. These companies are not just creating products; they are shaping the future and driving positive change. Their success stories inspire us all to think beyond boundaries and reimagine what’s possible.“
“Such an outstanding and diverse range of entries, really hard making a decision. All worthy and promising addressing everything from med tech to ag tech, longevity tech and enviro tech. Australia’s future is in good hands with great minds working on the stuff that matters.”
“This shortlist had something for everyone, from the life-changing to the highly speculative, and from established successes to early stage start-ups.“
Steve Baxter, a proud Queenslander, left school at 15 to join the Army’s apprenticeship program. His expertise in electronics, telecoms, and guided weapon systems led him to found SE Net, an internet service provider, which was acquired by Ozemail/UUNet. In 2001, he launched PIPE Networks, selling it for $373 million in 2005. Known for his role on Shark Tank Australia, he was appointed ‘Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur’ in 2018. Presently, he serves as Co-founder and Executive Chairman of TEN13, and Founder and Lead Investor of Beaten Zone Venture Partners.
Alex is a passionate innovator and collaborator, and a globally experienced public and private sector executive. Alex has a passion for fresh thinking, driving innovation in approach and opportunity from both private and public roles. Her roles have included sustainability, government policy and regulation, ecosystem growth, and technical leadership. She is an experienced Board member and was the first woman named Environmental Practitioner of the Year by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.
Les is the Head of First Nations Entrepreneurship at Minderoo Foundation and board director of Startup WA. Les has built a career in tech and innovation and is a former venture backed founder, growing a team from Australia, Canada and Israel with clients from ASX listed companies to government. Les has participated in various leadership and exchange programs including the U.S.
State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, MIT REAP, and his work has been recognised in the Westpac 200 Businesses of Tomorrow, as a40Under40 Award winner.
Anne-Marie is a leader in the innovation, entrepreneur, start-up and tech ecosystem and a two-time TedX speaker. She preaches the gospel of disrupting the status quo and believes tipping point problems can be solved through social innovation and entrepreneurship. A respected and trusted adviser across government, NGO, industry and academia, Anne-Marie has previously been a senior policy adviser to state and federal government ministers.
Co-Founder and Director of STEM Punks, Fiona Holmstrom, believes STEM Education should be accessible for everyone, and helping children develop skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics will prepare them for a future where they can make a difference. STEM Punks’ mission is to “Inspire Tomorrow’s Innovators” and teach children 21st century skills by enabling a mindset of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship, especially attracting more girls to STEM career paths.
Catherine advises state and federal governments on the opportunities and challenges of digital and emerging technologies. Her core practice is designing and implementing adaptive and resilient functions and platforms for the digital age. Catherine is Co-Founder at specialist digital consultancy Hypereal.
Clean Energy Expert
Arron Wood AM is an expert in sustainability, previously serving as the Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne. In 2020, he was awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant contribution to local government, the environment and the community. Arron is Chief Policy and Impact Officer at the Clean Energy Council, where he has national responsibility for renewable energy advocacy, policy and impact for Australia.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will the Australian Innovation Competition be running again in 2024?
The Australian Innovation Competition was a one off celebration of the ‘best-kept secrets’ in Australian innovation that ran from June to Oct 2023.