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Alcolizer sole WA finalist in Aussie Tech Comp

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// // From 100 national entries, 21 finalists have been announced, including Balcatta-based drug and alcohol tester Alcolizer Technology...

Finalists of this year’s Australian Technologies Competition (ATC) have been announced, showcasing an impressive array of locally based businesses with innovations designed to change the world for the better.

In its 13th year and now owned by technology investment and advisory company Scalare Partners, the ATC showcases the wide range of tech solutions, from a net zero emission coal replacement to glasses that deliver a sense of vision to those who are blind to a next gen space suit.

Of the 21 finalists, only one is from WA, Balcatta-based alcohol and drug testing firm Alcolizer. They won a WA Government Innovation Booster Grant back in 2022, as well as a federal government Manufacturing Modernisation Fund, worth $750K in mid 2021.

After receiving close to 100 entries, judges had the difficult job of choosing 32 semi-finalists before narrowing the list to just 21 finalists. A two-day masterclass and a presentation of a business plan decided the 21 finalists. As finalists of the ATC, companies will have access to connect with investors, mentors, and industry experts, all with the goal of assisting these exceptional ventures to scale and grow.

The 21 Finalists

  • Adiona Tech: converging technological advances to provide real time, dynamic decision support for mobility, transportation and logistics whilst lowering the impact that transport and logistics has on cities and its people.
  • Alcolizer Technology: globally respected drug and alcohol testing driven by world-leading R&D, innovation and manufacturing, testing and analytics, and emerging trends.
  • AloxiTec Pty Ltd: a game-changing challenger to traditional fresh food packaging that extends shelf life, improves freshness, and is recyclable.
  • Aria Research: glasses which delivers a sense of vision to people who are blind via technologically enhanced human echolocation
  • BlueKee Pty Limited: a new standard of privacy protection app that safeguards business and individual identities through use of biometrics and three layers of trust.
  • Brauz: technology connecting customers to retail staff in-store to reserve, find in store, click and collect, and book appointments.
  • Byte25 : complete network observability through comprehensive monitoring to increase security and performance across entire IT infrastructures.
  • CXEX Pty Ltd : leveraging the latest advances in AI and machine learning to help businesses to better understand their customer base, through conversational analytic solutions designed to extract insights and drive data-driven decisions.
  • EVX Australia Pty Ltd : creating reliable, accessible, affordable, sustainable, and future-proof EV charging solutions that are 100% powered by renewable energy. 
  • Fluger Pty Ltd: industry standard online booking and patient management systems for the health industry.
  • FootprintLab Pty Ltd: providing easy to use and credible carbon data to empower businesses to deploy climate solutions by establishing what businesses need and how it should be integrated into data workflows.  
  • Hypersonix Launch Systems : an aerospace engineering design and build company specialising in hydrogen powered reusable scramjet engines and hypersonic flyers that have no CO2 emissions.
  • Loopit Car Subscription : an all in one platform for car subscription management, able to be white labelled with an entirely configurable purpose-built solution.
  • MentorKey: offering world-class mentoring, sponsorship and coaching programs for large corporate powerhouses via a digital platform that delivers real impact for employees.   
  • Metakosmos (Vyom Tech Pty Ltd) : next generation spacesuit design and production to provide greater access to spaceflights and astronaut experience.
  • Octopusbot Pty Ltd : AI powered predictive analytics that reduce risk and maximise profit for commodity market players through high accuracy yield and production estimates, global supply and demand estimates, and interactive price modelling scenarios.
  • ON VOL Pty Ltd : turning movement into electricity to supply endless power, solving the problem of battery dependency and powering IoT and wireless sensors.
  • Pyrochar: in conjunction with research partner CSIRO, is scaling a proven commercial technology that has been researched & developed over 13+ years to produce net zero emission metallurgical char (MetChar) that will replace coal/coke in the primary metals industry. 
  • Realta Logic : end to end compliance tool that enables real time assessments, full traceability, and live monitoring to enable real-time compliance across organisations.
  • RoboMotion Pty Limited (trading as Verbotics) : robotic automation for welding that eliminates the need for costly manual programming to make robotic automation accessible for all manufacturers, regardless of size.
  • Zondii Pty Ltd : global technology that instantly verifies and validates food and fibre through a smartphone to transform supply chain traceability and product verification globally.

From here, finalists undergo in-person pitching and engaging in a live Q&A with the judges, before 10 winners, including an overall winner of ‘Technology Company of the Year’ are announced in events to take place across Melbourne and Sydney next month. 

The Australian Cleantech Finals & Awards will take place in Melbourne on 12th September, and the ATC National Finals & Awards will follow in Sydney on 28th September.

For more information on the ATC, visit

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