Australian Impact Awards

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Australian Impact Awards


How do you create positive impact?

How are you leveraging exponential technologies to address Australia’s grand challenges in energy, environment, food, shelter, space, water, disaster resilience, governance, health, learning, prosperity and security?

How does this improve the lives of millions of people in Australia and around the globe in 5 – 10 years?


To shine a light on our collective achievements, we are proud to announce the inaugural Australian Impact Awards.

The awards will be presented at a formal dinner on September 16, 2021.

SingularityU Australia Incubation Hub

Why host the Australian Impact Awards?

Australia’s Unique Global Impact Opportunity

Australia is a young and growing country whose identity is constantly shifting, still being shaped by her diverse people.  Made up of an ancient and revered culture dating back 65,000 years, and new immigrants, we are a melting pot of cultures, religions, races and political beliefs.  We are a country of diversity.

Nic and Murray AIA


Simultaneously, we are faced with the same economic, financial, health, sustainability, energy and education challenges as other first world countries. 

Australia has unique strengths which can be leveraged to turn our greatest challenges into opportunities


The Australian Impact Awards will be announced at a gala event 

September 16, 2021.


2019 winners and finalists

GIC Round 1 Grand Final

Marine Futures Lab

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Marine Futures Lab is working globally to document the status of over-fished open-ocean wildlife, pioneering video-based field methods, and developing open-source automated software for video processing. Cost-effective equipment and open-source processing mean scientists and managers around the world, including developing countries where financial resources are most limited and overfishing is greatest, can generate the knowledge needed to halt and reverse ocean wildlife declines.


Ripe Time

As the world struggles with overwhelming food wastage, RipeTime has developed a patented technology to help proactively deal with the problem, in the form of an atmosphere reader. Cost-effective ethylene detection allows users to accurately forecast ripeness of produce, receive real-time alerts and automate ethylene cleaners & other ag-tech systems.


Listen to our Inspire For 5 podcasts with past winners and finalists

Sahil Harriram from Elite Robotics
Mladen Jovanovic from BindiMaps
Declan Edwards from BU Coaching
Dr. James Hehre from Marine Futures

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Rules and Criteria

  • Applicant Criteria

    Participants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Have at least 2 people on your team
    • You must be age 18 or older
    • You must be fluent in written and spoken English
    • You must be able to participate in the 2 days of the Incubation Hub Bootcamp
  • Who Should Apply

    We will be really thrilled to find:

    • SU mission alignment: You have a startup in one of the global grand challenge (GGC) spaces.
    • Team: Your startup has at least two full-time co-founders.
    • Experience: You have expertise in an exponential technology and/or a key GGC space.
    • Time: Your venture is a fully formed entity, and is in the seed-stage or idea-stage.
    • Traction: You have demonstrated market traction (LOIs, purchase orders, validated trials, sales, etc.).
    • Eagerness to learn: You’re looking for a substantial shift in mindset and skill set, and are eager to globalize your startup and 10x your impact.
    • Availability: You’re available to travel to attend the transformational Singularity University program.
  • Assessment Criteria

    We will evaluate submissions using the following criteria:

    • Degree of the solution’s relevance to the theme of the challenge
    • The regional relevance in solving the challenge in Australia
    • Project or Idea leverages exponential technology to solve the problem
    • Feasibility, Viability, and Coherence of implementing the idea
    • Impact & compelling need and potential to scale globally
    • Committed existing team
  • Entry Criteria

    • CV or resume
    • Summary of accomplishments
    • An abstract of the project idea
    • Video (provide url) of the project idea


Still have questions?

Contact the Australian Impact Awards team