Fuel the future cities with tech—2021 Nexus Competition Recap

The final competition of 2021 Nexus Future City was held successfully on 16 June 2021. Six start-ups have won the prize and will receive the access to pre-selection of an international accelerator program. The final competition was livestreamed and over 60 participants attended the online event.

Nexus is a partnership between the City of Melbourne, Nanjing Pukou High Tech Zone and ACASE, with support from Runway HQ and State Government Victoria. In 2021, the Nexus competition focused on ‘Future City’ solutions.

For this year, 37 projects from various technological sectors, including software, New energy, Meditech, agritech, and Fintech, have participated in this pitch competition, and 8 finalists were selected to pitch their idea during the final competition. Out of the 8 finalists, 7 of them are based in Melbourne.

During the competition, the finalists from various technological fields, including AR, Envirotech, medical platform and New energy field, pitched their projects and demonstrated how their programs can contribute to ‘future city’. After the competitive selection process, 6 projects won the prize, and they came from various backgrounds including Meditech, AR technology and Environtech.

  • Ambient Maps (Third Prize)
  • Kido Paint (Third Prize)
  • Solar-driven Water Purification System (Third Prize)
  • Radetec Diagnostic (Second Prize)
  • Telecare (First Prize)
  • Ventora Medical (Second Prize)

This high-quality pitch competition has been well received from judges and Nexus Partners, as Judge Dr. Pavel Reddy, the managing director of clearpoint.ventures commented ‘the event went off really well and was exceptionally well-organised’. Nick Stanley, the CEO of Runway HQ, said that ‘Congratulations the entire Nexus team, the event is going really well. We are very proud to support Nexus. Congratulations again on what is looking like a great event with some very exciting startups!’

ACASE has played an important role in organising and coordinating the event, through recruiting and validating project entries, providing support for the projects, and promoting this pitch competition. On behalf of all the co-organisers, ACASE would like to express our appreciation to all partners and participants, and congratulate the winning projects. ACASE will continue to support Victorian start-ups in their overseas expansion through programs including Nexus Competition, and if you are interested in participating in future Nexus competition, please check out https://www.acase.org.au/nexus.