Ten Aussie Tech Companies Win Places on Latin American Accelerator
7 February 2018
Ten of Australia’s best tech companies have been announced as Finalists in a unique Latin American accelerator program. After extensive mentoring, the Finalists will battle it out in front of judges in Santiago.
Industry leading innovators in the agtech, energy, mining and water sectors are represented in the prestigious LatAm Market Entry Acclerator Finalist shortlist for 2018. Congratulations to Austmine members Safescape and Core Resources who are amongst the finalists!
Building on the seven years of successfully growing Australian technology businesses, this new program has been launched to connect Australia to the rapidly growing markets of Latin America. With an initial focus on Chile, the Finalists will receive mentoring and connections to accelerate their growth and then present at high profile events in Santiago to drive sales.
The Finalists include companies providing smart ear tags for cattle, portable solar solutions, mine safety equipment and water treatment technologies.
‘The Judges were looking for Australian technology companies with the greatest chance of building significant export markets in Latin America,’ said John O’Brien, the Program founder.
The Program is focussed on the four sectors that are common to both Australia and Latin America:
Agricultural Technologies to drive efficiency and productivity across all aspects of food and beverage production and processing.
Energy Technologies that improve efficiency of existing assets and enable the transition to a low carbon economy.
Mining Equipment, Technology & Services that improve operational performance of the extraction or processing of minerals.
Water Technologies that improve treatment options, improve production and utilisation or provide control and monitoring solutions.
The Program is supported by the Australian Government through the through the Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) and will be delivered by Australian CleanTech. The Program design is based on the highly successful Australian Technologies Competition that has mentored 200 emerging Australian technology companies over seven years. Many of these companies are now thriving both at home and in export markets.
Commenting the opportunities for Australian businesses, O’Brien said, ‘This Program opens immense opportunities in a market environment that is often overlooked. The working environment is much easier than most of Asia and customer needs are very similar to those at home.’
The Finalists will travel to Santiago in April 2018 to meet with customers, business partners and investors. The Winners will be announced in Santiago following an assessment by a panel of Latin American judges.
See the PDF document below for a list of finalists.