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Winner of Australian Women In Tech Pitch 2019

Winner of Australian Women In Tech Pitch 2019


The Australian Women In Tech Pitch is joint initiative  between Austrade, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science's AusIndustry, and CSIRO's Data 61 

The event was sponsored by IBM, Alibaba Cloud, and Main Sequence Ventures, and supported by the Australian Academy of ScienceLaunchVIC, NSW Government, Government of Western Australia, AIIA, Government of South Australia, Queensland Government and Canberra Innovation Network.

Out of nearly 100 entries, 11 finalists were selected to pitch their ideas to global industry leaders, partners and investors. The purpose of Women In Tech was to showcase women-founded and women-led companies and celebrate Australia's STEM capability. 

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The 11 finalists came from a broad range of industries, including fintech, medtech, HRtech, edtech, agtech, and more.
• Ainslie Williams, Qualie
• Annie Slattery, ConX
• Barb Hyman, PredictiveHire
• Elizabeth Zealand, Sport Parking
• Gillian Alexis, Phenix Health
• Jacqui Jones, Way We Do
• Katy Landt, Safe Ag Systems
• Kerstin Oberprieler, Pentaquest
• Lucinda Hartley, Neighbourlytics
• Ruth Hatherly, Moneycatcha
• Suzy Watson, Practera

All 11 finalists first gave their 3 minute pitch, followed  by 5 mins for questions and answers. The pitches were judged by an impressive panel, including:

• Christine Emmanuel, Executive Manager of IP and Investment at CSIRO
• Cindy Chow, Executive Director of Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund
• Mikaela Jade, Founder and CEO of Indigital
• Dr Quincy K Brown, Senior Director of Innovation at AnitaB.org
• Topaz Conway, Commercialisation Advisor at Accelerating Commercialisation and Director of Cicada Innovations and StartUpAus
• Ben Peterson, Head of Developer Advocacy and Startups at IBM Australia and New Zealand

There have been a lot of creativity and innovation on show at the event. The ideas presented by the eleven finalists have the potential to reframe entire industries. The event was a vote of confidence for Australia as a home for WomenLeaders.

The winner of the pitch competition was Annie Slattery, co-founder and CEO of ConX. COnXJobs impressed the judges by the disruption in the construction industry, bringing tradies online via smart SaaS solutions. Along with automatic entry to one of the five global Landing Pads (Berlin, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore and Tel Aviv), Annie Slattery takes away a IBM Garage Engagement session and a Alibaba Cloud Voucher to the global expansion of ConXjobs platform.

ConX winner

During the event,Australia’s Women in STEM Ambassador, Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith launched the STEM Women - an online directory of women in Australia working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to access, to collaborate and to act on gender equality. 
Women in STEM

The Australian Academy of Science developed the directory in partnership with the CSIRO, Science & Technology Australia, and the Australian Science Media Centre, with financial support from the Australian Government. STEM Women links a diverse range of women with opportunities to progress their careers and personal capabilities such as speaking at conferences, being part of committees and boards, being nominated for awards and being interviewed in the media. Users of the database can search for women in STEM based on their expertise, location and other search fields. Users can create their own shortlist and then message experts directly.  

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