Australia: Three of Australia’s most promising energy, mining and natural resources startups have taken home awards at KPMG Australia’s Energise accelerator program graduation night.

The 12-week national program culminated in a pitch-day and graduation events held in Brisbane and Perth.

  • Safescape from Perth took home the Customer Award, judged by representatives of Energise’s corporate supporters.
  • MOVUS from Brisbane received the Investor Award, judged by a group of investors with representatives from angel investors, venture capital, private equity, and corporate venture funds.
  • Ozius Spatial from Brisbane won the Program Choice Award, judged by the KPMG Energise program team.

Gary Smith, KPMG WA Chairman commented: “We’re delighted to be recognising not just the three Energise award winners, but all 12 of the fantastic startup teams who are bringing new ideas and technologies to the energy, mining and natural resources sectors. It has been a journey of discovery for both the startups and our corporate participants, who have truly engaged with the program.

“Energise has shown us that Australia has a depth of innovation that can transform some of our most vital national industries, through collaboration with startups that provide a rich source of ideas and capability,” he said.

Supported by major energy and natural resources companies including Woodside, Wesfarmers Chemicals Energy & Fertilisers, South32, BHP Billiton and Chevron Australia, Energise is an intensive program to help startups develop and commercialise their products.

This is the second time the program has run, with 12 startups participating- seven in Perth and five in Brisbane. Through Energise, the startups have gained access to a mentor panel which includes expertise from international and local entrepreneurs and innovation specialists.

They were also provided support by KPMG Australia in areas such as company set-up, product development and market insight.

Ashley Brown, KPMG Energise Program Director, commented: “We are extremely happy with the development we’ve seen in all 12 of the Energise cohort, who are now gaining traction with a national and indeed global energy and resources audience. It has also been fantastic to see the collaboration occurring between the corporate participants from Woodside, Wesfarmers Chemicals Energy & Fertilisers, South32 BHP Billiton and Chevron Australia, and their willingness to engage with the startups.”

Source: KPMG

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