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Top 12 of 2020

Set up to support Australian entrepreneurs and small-to-medium businesses in this time of uncertainty, the St.George Kick Start program sees 12 finalists pitch at TEDxSydney Online for their chance to win a share in $100K to support their biggest, brightest business ideas.

Check back at the start of November to see who the winners are!

Meet our 2020 finalists below.

Hillridge Technology

Creating an online platform that connects farmers to insurance underwriters who can provide short-term coverage tailored to their farms, Hillridge Technology helps small to medium-sized businesses self-protect against weather risks that most affect their farming operation.

Zero Co

Developing a range of environmentally-friendly personal care products and reusable ‘sachets’, the company tackles the global plastic problem at both ends of the supply chain by removing the need for single use-plastics.


Mastt, a member of Microsoft’s prestigious ScaleUp program, provides an elegant, automated cloud system solution by shifting organisations into a real-time, data-driven environment.


Tech company Metasense has made it it’s mission to help minimise the overexposure to UV radiation through a wearable device and analytics platform to facilitate tracking and implementing employee safety measures.

Diffuse Energy

Joss Kesby and co-founders of Diffuse Energy have developed a wind energy solution that can significantly reduce the operating costs of these towers, allowing more to be built where they are needed.


Lactamo is a lactation aid that aims to address the issues that most mothers experience when breast feeding -over/undersupply, pain, blocked milk ducts, engorgement, and infections.

Australian School of Entrepreneurship

Taj Pabari started ASE to tackle youth unemployment in Australia as traditional methods of solving youth unemployment such as wage subsidies, sponsored training and incentivising local businesses have not worked. ASE have taken another angle by partnering with government agencies, corporates and schools to deliver business literacy and entrepreneurship workshops to youth living in regional areas.


Superfastdiet is an online platform specialising in intermittent fasting programs of clinically-proven weight loss methods. Using a holistic lifestyle approach, including wellbeing support through motivational mindset videos, nutritional recipes and community building, founders Genevieve Davidson and Victoria Black, have a passion to help others going through their own weight loss transformations.


batyr is a ‘for purpose’ preventative mental health organisation, reaching out to schools and universities to smash the stigma. batyr2peer is a new digital program that connects young people hospitalised for mental ill-health, with others who have personally lived through the same experience.


Sustinent,an agricultural biotech company, have developed a scalable, clean and safe way to transform crop stalks, timber and garden waste into livestock feed, helping to solve the green waste issue generated by the global agricultural sector.


Xceptional’s goal is to inspire employers to be more accepting of people with disabilities and focus on their strengths such as enhanced pattern recognition and attention to detail, which are skills sought after in roles such as cybersecurity specialists and software engineers.

BeauTex Designs

BeauTex Designs’ mission is to support a new way of manufacturing that improves on current practices, socially and environmentally, achieving waste-to-work-wear solution for industries such as health, mining, and construction.