Sunday 25 August 2019

Top down under: Dubliner comes first in Australian startup contest

Annie Slattery's ConX topped the Australian government's competition, which was contested by 100 different female-led startups
Annie Slattery's ConX topped the Australian government's competition, which was contested by 100 different female-led startups
Annie Matthew, ConX
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

A Dublin entrepreneur has scooped the top award in Australia's Women in Tech contest.

Annie Slattery's ConX, which connects contractors in the construction industry, topped the Australian government's competition, which was contested by 100 different female-led startups.

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She won AUS$100,000 (€60,000) worth of services from venture capital and tech support firms.

"My husband and I settled in Australia 10 years ago," said Ms Slattery. "I was working in corporate finance and Keith had his own carpentry business. We identified an opening in the market for a 'tradies' recruitment site dedicated to SME contractors.

"Now, we have expanded into specialist services across a range of areas, including online tendering."

ConX's core team are Irish-born. It was launched in 2014 by Ms Slattery and her husband Keith Moore as a jobs board dedicated to the construction industry.

It employs 12 people from its head office in Sydney, with Ms Slattery estimating turnover for 2020 at circa AUS$2.5m. Eleven finalists were involved in the contest hosted by Austrade, the Australian government's lead agency for international trade promotion and investment attraction; AusIndustry; and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

Irish Independent

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