Last night was Techboard’s night of nights for 2016, the aptly named Techboard 2016 where we celebrated the success of Western Australia’s highest trending startups. A big vote of thanks to everyone concerned, our gracious hosts and venue sponsors BDO, the award sponsors HealthEngine, Eve Investments, Steinepreis Paganin and Techinvest and our long time supporters Beacham Group who kindly video recorded the event.
The Techboard WA Startup Community Award was the first award of the night to be presented. The objective of the award is to acknowledge and celebrate individuals who work to support and improve the WA startup ecosystem. The award was for an an individual who has made an outstanding contribution by to the local entrepreneurship community.
Marcus Tan, founder of Healthengine presented the award sponsored by his company to a very worthy Matt Macfarlane. Matt has been a significant figure in Perth’s startup ecosystem for some years but recently he has been making an enormous contribution largely due to his voluntary mentoring activities through initiatives such as the Curtin University Accelerate program and the Vocus Upstart Accelerator.
Taking out the Highest Ranked Unlisted Startup Award was Shark Shield Pty Ltd, one of an increasing number of sharktech companies emerging in Western Australia. Shark Shield had topped the fortnightly ranking back in June of 2016. The award and a cash prize of $1000 was presented by Ben Rohr from Eve Investments, an ASX listed investment firm. Accepting the award for Shark Shield was Hudson Lyon.
The final award for the night which was for Highest Ranked Listed Tech Company which went to renewable energy stalwart Carnegie Wave Energy who have topped two of Techboard’s fortnightly startup rankings in recent times. Mr John Davidson, the CEO of Energy Made Clean which has only just been acquired by Carnegie accepted the award from Toby Hicks, Partner at Perth-based law firm Steinepreis Paganin who sponsored the award.
Techinvest will also be covering both company winners in its next edition of the magazine which will be out in March 2017.
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