ConX's Annie Slattery nails pitch at women-in-tech event
The event — held on 1 August in Brisbane — saw 11 of Australia’s leading women in tech pitch their ideas to six judges, including IBM Australia and New Zealand Head of Developer Advocacy and Startups Ben Peterson; Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund Executive Director Cindy Chow; and CSIRO Executive Manager, IP and Investment Portfolio, Christine Emmanuel, in the hopes of taking their small businesses global.
Slattery’s winning idea is a digital platform that helps construction workers find and win work.
“Keith (Moore), my husband, and I settled in Australia by chance some 10 years ago. I was originally working in Corporate Finance and Keith had his own carpentry business. We quickly identified an opening in the market for a ‘tradies’ recruitment site, dedicated to SME contractors,” Slattery said of ConX’s conception.
What started out as a humble jobs board in 2014 has since grown to include online tendering, quote building and plan measuring, with millions of dollars worth of jobs going through the platform.
“The market is now ripe for transformation and ConX is at the forefront, which was recognised by the judges this week.”
With the help of the major prize — a US$50,000 Alibaba Cloud Voucher, IBM Garage Engagement access and automatic entry into an Australian Landing Pad — Slattery now plans to take ConX international, with the United States “top of [the] list in terms of the size of the market and the potential for digitisation in the construction sector”.
Other finalists include:
- Ainslie Williams – Co-Founder and CEO, Qualie
- Barbara Hyman – CEO, Predictive Hire
- Elizabeth Zealand – Founder and CEO, Spot
- Gillian Alexis – Director and CEO, Phenix Health
- Jacqui Jones – Co-Founder and CEO, Way We Do
- Katy Landt – Co-Founder and CEO, Safe Ag Systems
- Kerstin Oberprieler – Co-Founder and Lead Gamification Designer, Pentaquest
- Lucinda Hartley – Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Neighbourlytics
- Ruth Hatherley – Founder and CEO, Moneycatcha
- Suzy Watson – Co-Founder, CFO and COO, Practera
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