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In the news: Xylo Systems finalist in the first UNSW Founders Awards

Article by Simon Thomsen in Startup Daily on November 3 2022

The University of NSW – the place where Atlassian’s Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes met – has announced its finalists for the inaugural UNSW Founders Awards. The awards, announced later this month at a gala dinner in Sydney on November 22, recognise startups, founders and mentor across 8 award categories. All have a connection to UNSW, with 40 finalists announced – 5 in each category. Startups that emerged from UNSW have raised more than $70 million in post-program funding and generated more than $250 million in enterprise value. UNSW’s Director of Entrepreneurship, David Burt said they decided to introduce the Founders Awards are realising that a quarter of The Australian’s Top 100 Innovators were affiliated with UNSW. More than 100 startups then applied for the awards. “It’s important that we also celebrate the emerging generation of startup founders as well as the profound impact of our supporters and donors. Together these people are dedicating significant effort and resources to improving lives through innovation,” Burt said. “The quality of these finalists demonstrates that massive depth of entrepreneurial talent that exists in the UNSW community.” Along with categories such as founder and mentor of the year, as well as best new idea and positive impact, people can vote for their favourite startup in the People’s Choice award here.

The UNSW Founders Awards finalists are;

Positive Impact Award

This category recognises teams and startups that are committed to building for-purpose products and/or services that benefit people, the environment and communities.

  • Number 8 Bio: Globally scalable animal nutrition that eliminates agricultural greenhouse gas emissions

  • Xylo Systems: An easier way to measure and manage biodiversity impact.

  • Givvable: Helping businesses meet their sustainability & ESG targets, faster.

  • 4eyes: Making vision accessible to all.

  • NetNada: Software that empowers everyone to make sustainability a strength in their business.

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