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About

The Australian Technologies Competition (ATC) is a premier growth and awards program for innovative Australian technologies with global growth potential.

ATC seeks to identify and accelerate Australian technology 'scale-ups' across more than a dozen sectors/applications including clean energy, fintech/regtech, medtech, critical technologies (Web3), advanced manufacturing, social impact, and more.

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Successful entrants will have access to connect with investors, mentors, and industry experts, to ultimately help scale and grow their business. 

 

Semi-finalists receive mentoring, intensive MasterClass sessions and networking opportunities while finalists have a chance to pitch their technology to a panel of judges and ultimately become an awards category winner!

 

ATC has a strong focus on equipping founders with the skills, contacts and resources to develop and manage high-growth companies in challenging international markets.

Since 2010, this national competition has created an alumni pool of more than 300 semi-finalists, many of whom have had significant international success. 

The Organiser

The Australian Technologies Competition is owned and operated by Scalare Partners.

 

Scalare Partners is an early-stage technology investor and business advisory firm focused on supporting early-stage technology companies who are preparing to disrupt globally to enable a smarter, cleaner, more connected future. Scalare partners with its portfolio for the long term, providing leadership and specialist expertise across a global network of skilled professionals and experienced advisors.  

  

The Scalare Team believes real transformation and growth takes more than money, and to be successful over time, companies must not only deliver financial performance but also make a positive contribution to the community and the environment. Scalare Partners acquired the Australian Technologies Competition in February 2023 and is excited to be bringing together governmental bodies, corporate partners, investors and eco-system supporters to deliver a high-value program for 2023.

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Why Enter?

Benefits to Participants

FREE MENTORING & BUSINESS ADVICE

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INDUSTRY RECOGNITION & ACCOLADES

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NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

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OPPORTUNITY TO MEET FELLOW INNOVATORS & TECH SMEs

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INTRODUCTION TO POTENTIAL INVESTORS & PARTNERS

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GUIDANCE ON COMMERCIALISING TECHNOLOGY OVERSEAS

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GUIDANCE ON GRANT APPLICATIONS & ENTREPRENEURIAL SUPPORT SERVICES

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VALIDATION OF YOUR TECHNOLOGY & BUSINESS MODEL BY AN INDEPENDENT PANEL OF JUDGES

Why Enter

Eligibility

The Australian Technologies Competition is looking for Australia’s best technology companies. We will assess, mentor, profile, and promote innovative and emerging technologies that have the greatest global potential. Entries open on 1 May and close on 4 June 2023 at 11.59pm AEST.​


Are you eligible to apply?

To enter, you must:

  • be an Australian-based SME company with less than 100 employees

  • own or have the commercial rights to the intellectual property for the key technology in an eligible industry sector

  • have evident traction and an MVP established here in Australia

What sort of questions are asked when entering?
  • You'll need to present a brief overview of your technology and why it is or will become a successful commercial business in your Round 1 Entry Form.

  • Provide a description of your technology and its benefits, what the market and customer need is, and how you will build this into a successful business.

  • You can also upload your company logo and a single photo or diagram. 

The judges will consider your responses and will shortlist those that have provided compelling responses to each question.

If you have questions about the Entry Form please contact us.

When do entries close?

The deadline for 2023 entries closed on 4 June 2023 at 11:59pm AEST. To view other key dates visit this page.

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I thought the quality of the speakers and variety was excellent, they were very open and gave practical advice. Its great to merge numerous start ups. 

Malcolm Dungey, PAM

Enjoyed the sharing of issues and successes amongst the cohort of startups. The panel discussions were interesting and well experienced.

Brad Bergmann, Navi Medical Technologies

Process

The Judging Process

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1.ENTRY SUBMISSIONS

Applications for 2023 open on May 1 and close on June 4 at 11.59pm AEST. It's free to enter!

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5. FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

Judges assess the business growth plans and merits of semi-finalists to determine finalists for 2023.

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2. ROUND ONE OF JUDGING

Our panel of independent Judges select semi-finalists for 2023.

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6. CLIMATE TECH FINALS

Finalists deliver a 5-minute pitch in front of a panel of Judges, followed by networking and a Climate Tech Awards Ceremony

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3. GROWTH MASTERCLASS

Semi-finalists are invited to take part in an in-person Growth Masterclass & Networking Program in Sydney in July 2023.
(Participant fee applies.)

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7. NATIONAL FINALS

Finalists from all other award categories deliver a 5-minute pitch to a panel of Judges.

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4. ROUND TWO OF JUDGING

Each Semi-finalist must complete a small number of challenges to compete in Round 2 of the Competition.

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8. AWARDS CEREMONY

Time to announce this year's winners across each of the award categories in front of about 200 guests in Sydney in September 2023.

FAQs
  • What is the Australian Technologies Competition?
    Now in its 13th year, the Australian Technologies Competition is the premier growth and awards program for Australian tech companies with global potential. The Australian Technologies Competition identifies and accelerates Australian technology 'scaleups' across more than a dozen sectors. Collaborating with industry and experts across a wide range of disciplines, the program assesses, mentors, and promotes innovative and emerging technologies developed in Australia.
  • Who should enter?
    The Competition is suited to emerging tech companies that have an established market and sales. This competition is geared to scaleups looking to expand internationally and further the commercialisation of their technology IP.
  • Who can enter?
    To enter, you must be an Australian-registered SME with less than 100 employees. In addition, you must own or have commercial rights to the intellectual property for the key technology in an eligible industry sector.
  • What are the Judges looking for?
    Technology / solutions with strong commercial potential Technology / solutions that have a high degree of global potential Evidence of an MVP and traction (i.e., generating revenue) Companies with a global mindset Technology that solves real-world challenges A clearly-articulated solution and demonstrated customer need
  • Can I enter the Competition if I have been a past entrant?
    Yes, past entrants may re-apply. However, if you have been a winner in previous years, you can only enter the Competition if your entry relates to new technology.
  • Does it cost money to enter?
    No, it's free to apply.
  • When is the entry deadline?
    The deadline for entries has now been extended to Sunday, 4 June 2023 and will close at 11:59pm Sydney AEST.
  • How do I know if I am shortlisted as a semifinalist?
    Our panel of esteemed Judges will review all entries and shortlist this year's semi-finalists. Semi-Finalists will be announced on 2 August 2023. Whether you are successful or unsuccessful, all entrants will be notified.
  • What happens if I am a successful semi-finalist?
    Successful semi-finalists will be invited to participate in an international growth Masterclass and networking program (participant Fee applies), with sessions held 6-7 July as an in-person event in Sydney. Semi Finalists are required to complete a Growth Plan that is submitted as the second stage of the Judging process. The Business Growth Plan will be assessed by our panel of Judges to select the Finalists.
  • Who can I contact if I have questions?
    Please send your enquiries to our team via our contact form.
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