Industry leading innovators battled it out with pitches to a panel of eminent judges in Santiago, Chile. The Judges, drawn from BHP, Engie, CSIRO and Vantaz Group, heard pitches from the Program Finalists before asking questions on key aspects of their Market Entry Plans.

The pitching event was hosted by Startup Chile and was the climax of a six month mentoring Program. During the Program, the companies have worked with mentors in Australia and Chile and explored the best way to ensure success in the Latin American market.

The Winners were:

  • OVERALL WINNER & Agtech Winner – Weedtechnics – Non-toxic weed control solution, eliminating herbicide use through the use of the condensate of superheated water.
  • Energy Tech Winner SunSHIFT – Pre-fabricated, moveable turnkey solar photovoltaic (PV) solution for off-grid solutions for mining, agriculture and communities.
  • Mining Tech Winner HI Mining – HE22 Hustler handheld fully-hydraulic mining drill delivers 25% more drilled meterage and 65% reduced costs.
  • Water Tech Winner & People’s Choice Award – Envirosuite – Comprehensive and intuitive real-time environmental monitoring, investigation, prediction and control software.

‘We are very excited by the prospects of growing a significant market in LatAm. Our proven solution allows farmers to provide organic, healthy food for local and export markets and we have found fantastic interest in this region. The LatAm Market Accelerator Program has allowed us to short cut the process of understanding this opportunity and has allowed us to assess and access the significant potential of this market.’
Jeremy Winer, CEO


The Australian LatAm Accelerator Program is a six month long program to find, mentor and assess Australian technology companies that have the greatest market potential in Latin America. The Program is supported by the Australian Government through the through the Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) and is delivered by Australian CleanTech.