ConX takes out the top women in tech prize
Australia’s top women in tech have pitched their big ideas in Brisbane
today for a share in more than $100,000 in business support services, and
the potential for further venture capital investment to grow their global
Annie Slattery, co-founder and CEO of ConX, has taken out the top prize for
the development of a digital platform using technology to change how
construction contractors find and win work.
“This prize represents a fantastic opportunity for ConX to expand into
global markets, with the United States top of our list in terms of the size
of the market and the potential for digitisation in the construction
sector,” Ms Slattery said.
CEO Dr Stephanie Fahey said Austrade are committed to driving higher
representation of women in international business.
“Elevating women entrepreneurs and innovators is critical to Australia’s
ability to compete in international markets, creating new opportunities for
industries, and supporting high standards of living,” said Dr Fahey.
“One of the ways Austrade is supporting our women-led startups to go global
is through the Australian Landing Pads program.
“Landing Pads help market-ready startups and scaleups reach global markets
with access to some of the world’s leading business and innovation hubs in
Berlin, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore and Tel Aviv.
“Through the Landing Pads program and Austrade’s global network supports
Australian businesses like ConX to reach new markets, making introductions
to investors and customers.”
ConX is looking at the Australian Landing Pad in San Francisco to expand
its business in the United States.
More than 100 women-led tech startups applied to compete for a pool of
prizes including business services from IBM and Alibaba Cloud and mentoring
from Main Sequence Ventures, manager of the CSIRO Innovation Fund.
Eleven finalists were involved in the pitch competition hosted by Austrade,
AusIndustry and CSIRO in the wake of the largest women technologists’
conference the Grace Hopper Celebration, Hopper Down Under held in
Australia for the first time earlier this week.