Tech23 is a national one-day event where emerging Australian tech companies show off their innovations and are celebrated in a welcoming, enriching environment.




Tech23 provides the ideal environment to grow Australian innovation. This is the event where corporations, universities and startups meet, collaborate, and create a better future for Australia.

Tech23 is:

  • A forum for investors to meet top tech companies
  • Where enterprises can get a grasp of the up and coming
  • Where ideas from investors, entrepreneurs and innovators from government, university and industry cross-pollinate
  • A place for world-class startups to show their mettle



Now in its ninth annual year, Tech23 continues to resonate as Australia’s unmissable celebration of innovation. Starting from a blank slate in 2009, Tech23 was born out of the desire to give a platform to the exciting deep tech emerging from Australia’s innovation ecosystem.

As one of the few truly national forums where homegrown innovation can be recognised and celebrated, Tech23 showcases world-class startups from Perth to Brisbane, Wollongong to Hobart. Moving beyond state and territory boundaries, Tech23 is a gathering brimming with goodwill – promoting connections and collaborations where they are needed most.

Tech23 2017 is for you if you are:

  • An Industry Leader with advice and connections to share
  • A young startup looking for guidance, growth and opportunities
  • An up-and-coming impresario looking for your big break
  • An investor scouting for your next smart investment
  • Looking to partnering with tomorrow’s innovators as a way of getting ahead of the competition
  • Wanting to keep abreast of the deep tech of tomorrow and where future jobs may lie
  • Interested in finding out where you fit in Australia’s innovation ecosystem!



Tech23 will be:

  • Dedicated to improving the communication and coordination among the key stakeholders – across enterprise, university, industry and startups.
  • Showcasing the best examples of university/industry collaboration.
  • Assistance for all attendees to gain a better understanding of their role and the role their organisation should take in making Australia an innovation powerhouse.
  • Demonstrating the end-to-end innovation process; help all stakeholders collaborate better by exploring the specific cultures and drivers of each stakeholder.
  • Providing corporates with the opportunity to meet and network with innovative, high-growth companies and the commercialisation/accelerators of R&D organisations.
  • Concentration on ideas, people and companies that will make Australia great!


Tech23 2017 Prizes

China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP) Award

The China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP) is pleased to provide a 5 day immersion tour through the innovation ecosystem of Beijing to the winning team as part of the CAMPx2018 program, taking place in April 2018. The trip includes flights, accommodation and exclusive introductions and opportunities to pitch to VC’s, startups and leading Chinese corporates as well as touring science parks, co-working spaces and other startup hubs.

Lunch with Upguard in Mountain View, California

Meet the Upguard team and discover the secrets to their success! The lucky winner will have lunch with the legendary Mike Baukes, Alan Sharp-Paul, and Hamish Hawthorne. (Tech23 will cover travel costs up to $5k for the winner to Upguard’s Mountain View Headquarters)

CMCRC Market Changing Technologies Award

$5k cash prize awarded to a Tech23 company with the best chance of achieving global success.

Lunch with Dror Ben Naim – CEO, Smart Sparrow

Tech23 will treat the winner of this prize to a spectacular lunch at Quay Restaurant at The Rocks, Sydney (and interstate travel costs to Sydney if needed). You will dine with Dror Ben Naim, the founder and CEO of successful edutech platform Smart Sparrow.

Simon Martin

Glean insights from investor, former CFO of MYOB, CEO of iCareHealth group, and director of Sendle and Milanote in two 2.5 hour one-one-one sessions with Simon Martin.

Mentoring with Ian Buddery

3 months mentoring with Ian Buddery, founder of eServ, and Chairman of Maestrano.

Meeting with Square Peg Capital

The lucky winner of this prize will have the chance to gain valuable wisdom from behind the curtain of Square Peg Capital, in this exclusive one-on-one meeting.

Westpac Reinventing Financial Services Award

A ‘one-on-two’ lunch at Neil Perry’s Jade Temple with Danny Gilligan, Co-Founder Reinventure and Macgregor Duncan, Head of Business Development at Westpac. The prize will be given to the company with the biggest potential to impact on the future of financial services and / or our specialist client industries, including health, cleantech, education and government.

Amazon Web Services Award

As part of AWS’s commitment to the startup industry, all finalists will gain access to the AWS Activate startup program. Each company will receive $5k of credits, business support for a year plus access to engineers and solution architects.

Cicada Innovations – Deep Technology Award

$2k cash prize with complimentary co-working space in the Cicada Innovations Accelerator Hub for two months; 2 mentoring sessions with Petra Andren, CEO, Cicada Innovations; and access to the Cicada Innovations executive team.

The Addisons Award (for the most ‘backable’ team)

$5K in cash and legal advice to the value of $5K

The AMP Amplify Award for best technology start-up founded by a woman

$2.5k cash prize awarded to a female entrepreneur who is the builder of an innovative, ground-breaking and/or game-changing company.

Appbot – Most Promising Mobile App

12 month subscription to Appbot and meeting with Stuart Hall, Co-founder & CEO Appbot. Valued at USD$1788.

“Innovation in Enterprise Mobility” Award

A free trip to Boston for 2 with 2 nights accommodation and Connections to AUS Trade Boston and Mass Challenge. Valued at USD$4,500

Austrade Going Global Award

The award winner will participate in an 8-day visit to Berlin and Tel Aviv hosted by the Australian Landing Pads at Betahaus Berlin and SOSA Tel Aviv, with flights and accommodation thanks to Tech23. The winner will receive a curated visit program meeting with high-growth startups, local investors, corporate innovators, potential enterprise customers and accelerators.

The B2B Enterprise Award

Two tickets to attend the Agile Australia 2018 conference to be held on Monday 18 – Tuesday 19 at the Crown Palladium, Melbourne. This prize will be awarded to the company that shows the greatest solution for the enterprise.

M8 Ventures – Most Awesomest Pitch

$1K cash prize

Onestack scale up award

Understand how to truly scale your startup through a $10k workshop with the growth experts at Onestack.