Successful business relies on identifying a need and addressing it; Ryan Norris did this by solving critical issues in mining belt conveyors.
Ryan founded Vayeron using an innovative autonomous monitoring solution to track roller component conditions, reducing downtime and costs.
Vayeron’s complex yet impactful idea is now a global best practice in mining tech, exporting to numerous countries and improving conveyor systems.
Sarah Moran – Girl Geek Academy
Sarah Moran co-founded Girl Geek Academy in 2014 to promote gender equality in the tech industry.
The social enterprise offers programs in various sectors to make tech welcoming for women, including hackathons and educational initiatives.
Girl Geek Academy aims to involve one million women and girls in tech careers by 2030, while also releasing fiction books about STEM exploration.
Nathan Shockker – SafeCo
SafeCo was founded to tackle COVID-19 issues, led by Nathan Shockker, 36, who introduced Australia’s first community-based contact tracing solution, SafeVisit.
SafeVisit quickly gained traction, being adopted nationwide within 60 days of launch, prompting SafeCo to expand its offerings.
SafeCo now provides diverse services, including digital ticketing with contact-tracing features and innovative business cards using NFC chips and QR codes to reduce waste.
Tim Hall – GreaseBoss
Tim Hall, 36, co-founded GreaseBoss to address industrial equipment failures caused by incorrect lubrication, which contributes to significant downtime costs.
GreaseBoss offers a digital lubrication management service using innovative solutions to ensure precise grease application timing and quantities.
Rapid adoption in mining, manufacturing, and heavy rail sectors has positioned GreaseBoss as a global contender in digital lubrication management.
Alastair Blenkin – ProcurePro
ProcurePro, founded by Alastair Blenkin, 32, is a specialized procurement software for construction head contractors.
The platform replaces outdated and disconnected procurement methods, providing an end-to-end solution that reduces inefficiencies, data leakage, and errors.
In just two years, ProcurePro has been adopted by over 60 major builders in Australia and New Zealand for 600+ projects worth over $15 billion in total construction value, offering streamlined tendering, risk identification, and profitability improvement.