Earlier this month, nine Australian scale-up companies were the proud recipients of the highly-coveted Tech Rocketship Awards delivered by the UK Department for International Trade (DIT). And four out of the nine were from Victoria.

Launched for the first time in Australia and New Zealand, the competition was open to established scale-ups founded on innovative technology-led solutions, across a wide range of industries who are ready to take their products and services global.

A series of workshops with Grant Thornton and the Australia British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC), across major capital cities in November last year championed the Awards, giving attendees insights into the burgeoning UK tech ecosystem, including tips from those who've already found success in the UK.

The nine winning companies beat a competitive field of 197 entries to secure a highly sought-after place on the Tech Rocketship programme.

Each recipient will receive a paid trip to the UK in February 2019 to participate in a series of meetings, networking events and workshops aimed at supercharging their expansion plans.

And the winners are...

Other Australian:

UK Investment Minister, Graham Stuart announced the Awards during his visit to Australia and New Zealand last September. Sponsors of the Awards, the Australian British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) and Grant Thornton are committed to building trade and investment links between the UK and Australasia.

About Victoria's tech sector

A significant industry in its own right generating annual revenues in excess of A$34 billion annually, Victoria's technology sector plays a vital role in Victoria's economy and is central to enabling growth in the Victorian Government's priority sectors.

Victoria has one of the largest R&D clusters in the southern hemisphere providing world-leading, commercially focused digital technology research. Victoria's significant research and development capabilities, and world-class collaborative infrastructure underpins our cutting edge solutions to digital usage and applications in areas such as:

  • cyber security
  • the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
  • emergency services solutions
  • intelligent transport solutions
  • sports tech
  • digital games
  • fintech
  • cloud technology.