Along with eight other Australasian tech innovators, PainChek wins UK Tech Rocketship Awards.

Interest in the UK as a place for Aussie and Kiwi tech companies to grow is at an all-time high with 200 vying for the inaugural UK Tech Rocketship Awards.

Published 5 December 2018
From: Department for International Trade Australia and Department for International Trade New Zealand

The winners for each category are:
Economy and Digital Security: QuintessenceLabs
Tech for an Ageing Society: PainChek
The AI and Data Revolution: Faethm
The Future of Mobility: Myriota
Clean Growth: carbonTRACK
Feeding the Nation: Yume
Connected Consumers and Creativity: Desygner
GREAT Tech for Change Award: Mentorloop
Special Judges Award: Blamey and Saunders Hearing

PainChek Ltd
Philip Daffas celebrating the Tech Rocketship Award with Dave McCredie, Chief Executive Officer Australian British Chamber of Commerce and some of the other category winners.

The 9 winning companies beat a competitive field of 197 entries to secure a highly sought-after place on the Tech Rocketship programme.

Each will receive a paid trip to the UK in February 2019 where they will participate in a series of meetings, networking events and workshops aimed at supercharging their expansion plans.

The Tech Rocketship Award categories aim to support the UK’s innovation priorities, including technologies to tackle the first 4 ‘Grand Challenges’ in the UK’s Industrial Strategy – Artificial Intelligence and Data, an Ageing Society, Clean Growth and the Future of Mobility.

Michael Ward, British Consul General and Director General, Department for International Trade (DIT), Australia and New Zealand said:

“I am absolutely delighted at the response to our Tech Rocketship Awards and the exceptionally high calibre of entries. It is fantastic to see so many innovative Australian and New Zealand companies delivering leading-edge technologies.

I’d like to congratulate the nine winners – a stand-out cohort – on being selected. This is an invaluable opportunity to gain access to the fifth largest economy in the world and a thriving tech community and we are excited to welcome them to the UK in the New Year.

I’d also like to encourage all our Tech Rocketship applicants to stay in touch. Our DIT team, across Australia and New Zealand, are here to support all companies seeking to set-up operations in the UK, providing guidance, access to expert advice and networks, and we very much look forward to assisting you on your journey.”

The UK Tech Rocketship Awards are generously sponsored by the Australian British Chamber of Commerce and Grant Thornton – two organisations committed to building trade and investment between the UK and Australasia.

David McCredie, CEO of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce said:

“The Australian British Chamber of Commerce is delighted to be supporting the UK Tech Rocketship Awards. The winners we have helped choose are fantastic representatives of some of the most innovative and disruptive technologies coming out of Australasia at the moment.

Australia and the UK already enjoy a close alliance in the sharing of ideas and best practices in technology. We are confident that the programme will be a great opportunity on both the delegates and hosts’ sides to explore progressing these technologies internationally. We wish them all the best.”

Holly Stiles, Partner – Corporate Finance, at Grant Thornton said:

“We have seen many clients benefit from expansion into the UK; a thriving destination for technology companies looking to get a firm foothold in the global market. The winners announced today represent a broad selection of the leading technology Australasia has to offer, with solutions and products that have a positive impact on business and communities. We look forward to assisting the winners and other applicants to scale-up and access the outstanding commercial opportunities available through global connections.”

The UK Tech Rocketship Awards were announced in September by UK Investment Minister, Graham Stuart on his visit to Australia and New Zealand.

A series of workshops with Grant Thornton and the ABCC, across major capital cities in November, championed the awards and gave attendees insights into the burgeoning UK tech eco-system, including tips from those who have already found success in the UK.

Today, the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) has announced nine leading Australasian technology companies as the winners.

The competition was open to established scale-ups founded on innovative technology-led solutions, across a wide range of industries who are ready to go global.

PainChek Ltd

Philip Daffas CEO PainChek Ltd said:

“The Rocketship Award is a significant recognition of the PainChek® technology, the successful market introduction in Australia and the large overseas market potential. The award will provide PainChek® with financial support as well as the key contacts and processes to fast track our UK and European commercialisation in early 2019.”