Tech23 was started in 2009 by Slatterys, a tech marketing and event management company passionate about the intersection between innovation, technology and business. Starting from a blank slate, SlatteryIT conceptualised and developed the Tech23 event and secured a multi-year sponsorship from the NSW Government, including a total contribution of $410,000 in cash prizes.
Since 2009, Tech23 has continued to grow in size and impact, and now attracts the most significant names in Australian technology as well as the most exciting new innovators.
Tech23 boasts an impressive alumni list of innovators from across Australia's tech start-up landscape. In addition to winning useful and lucrative prizes, Tech23 participants have gained crucial exposure and made contact with future advisors and investors whose interest in their company has had a lasting impact.
Past industry leaders include Rachel Botsman, Mike Cannon-Brookes, Hugh Durrant-Whyte and Alex Zelinsky.
Past sponsors and prize donors include University of Technology, Sydney and University of Wollongong, NICTA, CSIRO, Citrix, AMP, Amazon Web Services, PayPal, REA Group, with high profile technology names like Lars Rasmussen, Gordon Bell, Susan Wu and Daniel Petre donating mentoring sessions.