Top Aussie Entrepreneurs Take Aim at Silicon Valley in Fourth Annual Innovation Shoot Out

Seven leading technology entrepreneurs have been chosen by their states to represent Australia’s formidable innovation reputation at this year’s G’Day USA Australia Innovation Shoot Out at the Microsoft Campus in Mountain View, CA.

The competition, to be held on January 20, is designed to give the companies global commercialization opportunities that begin in Silicon Valley, where the tech world’s venture capital, marketing savvy and partnership deals converge.

The Shoot Out competitors represent a wide variety of technology sectors, from green tech to business software and hardware – innovations range from improvements for online security, surveillance and business management to new ways to measure and reduce greenhouse gases, revolutionize outdated water infrastructure systems and deliver off-grid clean energy.

“The Australia Innovation Shoot Out is the perfect intersection of Aussie know-how meets American can-do,” said Viki Forrest, CEO of ANZA Technology Network, who has been preparing the companies to deliver their 5-minute pitches to the Silicon Valley audience and judging panel of industry experts and investors. “In the global economy it makes sense for Australian innovation to commercialize beyond its borders, and the US investment community is still the best source to help make this happen.”

The seven state finalist companies competing for the title of “Australian Innovator of the Year”, will deliver their presentations and be evaluated on their innovation and U.S. market readiness and commercialization opportunities. They are:

  • DigiSensory (, provider of an end-to-end security and surveillance solution that combines smart imaging devices with a Web-based, real-time distributed intelligence system
  • IntelliGuard (, a provider of DDoS protection for online enterprises and Internet service providers
  • Mid-Comp International (, a supply chain management infrastructure provider (Victoria)
  • Multitrode (, a specialist in lift station control and monitoring for water and wastewater facilities around the world (Queensland)
  • Solar-Gem (, a creator of affordable off-grid energy based on clean solar technologies (New South Wales)
  • Synengco (, a provider of technology that helps companies assess and reduce their greenhouse gas and other emissions (Queensland)
  • Zarloc (, provider of The ROSS System, a Web-based rostering and workforce management solution for the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) franchises (South Australia)

In addition to being named “Australian Innovator of the Year”, the winning company will receive more than $40,000 in US market entry, analysis and public relations/marketing consultation.

Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business Development at Microsoft, will provide the opening keynote address. Lewin is responsible for Microsoft’s global relationships with startups and venture capitalists.

Mark Anderson, CEO of Strategic News Service, a leading influencer in the technology world – whose forecasts shape the industry – will chair the judging panel and deliver closing remarks.

The judging panel includes well-known tech insiders and VCs from IBM Venture Capital Group, Hummer Winblad, Guidewire Group and Pillsbury.

Those interested in attending the free event, should click here to register.

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