Cardihab and Hovermap were competitively selected as two of the 23 tech teams to be showcased at the event, winning the opportunity to pitch their innovations to an audience of over 400 delegates including leading industry experts and investors.
Stefan Hrabar, from CSIRO's Data61 took the stage for Hovermap and was successful in winning the $5,000 CMCRC Market Changing Technologies Award for their smart-drone technology that increases efficiencies and lowers risk in the management of Australia's critical asset infrastructure.
It was a successful day for Leonore Ryan from Cardihab as well who picked up two awards for 'The AMP $2,500 Best technology Tech23 2016 start-up founded by a woman Award' and 'The Austrade Best Startup Award' that will see Cardihab receive a 90-day residency at one of Austrade's Landing Pad locations in either San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Singapore or Shanghai.
Leonore was thrilled with the two awards, saying, "I am delighted to have won this award both as recognition of the continued growth of our business, Cardihab, and for what it says about supporting the increasing number of women in leadership roles across sci-tech startups."
"Running a startup is not for the faint-hearted in any industry and the commercialisation of sci-tech innovation brings added complexity and challenges. I'm grateful for the ongoing support, mentoring and guidance I've received through programs like ON Accelerate and HCF Catalyst, and believe that continued support and recognition from organisations like AMP will only serve to increase representation of female leaders across this industry."
It was a fitting recognition to come the day following the Tech23 Women in Innovation event held the night prior. The Women in Innovation event was hosted by CSIRO's ON program and sought to bring together female entrepreneurs across a range of sectors to recognise and support leading and emerging female leaders in sci-tech innovation.
Now in its eighth year, Tech23 2016 brings together emerging tech start-ups with industry to celebrate deep tech innovation spanning big data to medtech; agtech to cyber security and artificial intelligence to battery technology.
Creator of Tech23 Rachel Slattery commented: "This year I was especially delighted to see companies from all across Australia with solutions to help our farmers, builders and doctors with innovations bound to disrupt the way we live, build and communicate. It's exciting to see again close to half of the companies presenting innovations that were born within our R&D organisations - and which are bound to change our future for the better."