Tech23 would never have been possible — yet alone have reached its tenth anniversary — without a great deal of support from all corners of the startup ecosystem.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of this event, we collected a small snapshot of the stories that make up the past decade of Tech23. See how these companies’ deep tech innovations have been breaking down borders and what their founders are up to now.
Jack Zhang (Tech23 2016) is driving Airwallex forward, with a vision of a world in which cross-border global payments are simple and accessible to all. Airwallex has enjoyed immense success, having this year raised $US80 million in a Series B round (the second largest funding round in Australian startup history).
Leanne Connelly (Tech23 2015) is with ME3D as its Chief Financial Officer. With support from the University of Wollongong, which also owns its IP, ME3D aims to make 3D printing technology accessible to as many Australian children as possible.
Flavia Tata Nardini (Tech23 2017) is Co-founder and CEO of Fleet. Here, she uses her background in rocket science to create a low-cost, plug and play satellite IoT to support remote operations. The Adelaide-based company raised $5 million in a 2017 Series A round to fund the launch of two initial satellites. This year, the South Australian Government granted Fleet $500,000 from its Future Jobs Fund. Fleet has now opened a ground station in South Australia to allow for 24/7 monitoring of its satellites.
Brad Parsons (Tech23 2015) continues to lead MOVUS. The Queensland-based company secured $4.8 million in Series A funding earlier this year, furthering the development of its industrial IoT sensor and machine monitoring solution.
Alex Grant (Tech23 2016) is Co-founder and CEO of UniSA spin-out Myriota, having developed low-cost satellite IoT technology to connect any device from any location on earth. Earlier this year, Myriota gained $US15 million in Series A funding. Boeing’s venture capital arm, Boeing HorizonX Ventures, contributed to the round, marking its first ever investment outside the US. Next, Myriota will open a $US2.7 million IoT Innovation Lab in Adelaide, creating over 50 jobs.
Cue The Tech23 Deeptech Festival 2020 – a smorgasbord of online, distributed and face-to-face events designed to create opportunities to connect, collaborate and give Australian innovation it’s worthy place in the domestic market – and on the world stage!
Since 2009, Tech23 has unlocked new ways of working by joining the dots between enterprise and clever tech. Tech23 seeks to call on the best sides of our natures – encouraging the deeptech ecosystem to collaborate; learn and respond – leveraging a wealth of talents, contacts and knowledge.
If our story is to be green, if it is to be sustainable, if it is to be equitable - we need game-changing tech companies. We need the research, the organisations that create and nurture these companies, the founders who lead them, the supporters that invest in them...