Obelisk Systems named as one of 12 exceptional start-ups to feature at CeBIT Australia

Opportunity: Obelisk Systems CEO Andreas Antoniades looking at flight grade circuit boards in 2016. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
Opportunity: Obelisk Systems CEO Andreas Antoniades looking at flight grade circuit boards in 2016. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

A Maitland tech company has been named one of 12 of the state’s most ground-breaking start-ups chosen to exhibit at the CeBIT Australia conference in Sydney later this month.

Obelisk Systems is among 12 companies set to be part of The StartUp Zone at the event, from May 23 to 25.

Obelisk was chosen after success with its StarLAB project, a comprehensive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education program, and the custom solutions it’s developing for the Australian space industry, to make experiments easier.

Deputy Premier and Small Business Minister John Barilaro said CeBIT Australia, Asia Pacific’s largest business technology event, would showcase the best technology innovations from across the state.

“The NSW Government is very pleased to be the official partner of CeBIT Australia 2017, which is the country’s leading business technology event bringing together established industry leaders through to the latest start-ups,” he said.

“NSW is Australia’s ICT and start-up capital and home to 41 per cent of the nation’s start-up founders and 42 per cent of its support network.

“CeBIT will be a great opportunity to promote the best and brightest of our industry as well as Jobs for NSW’s support for the start-up sector.”

More than 15,000 people are expected to attend across three days of CeBIT Australia. 

The event will feature more than 350 exhibitors, 13 zones, over 170 speakers and eight conferences on topics from big data and analytics to cloud and mobility, as well as strategic panel discussions on the future of business and ICT.

The NSW Government will showcase 12 of the state’s most exciting start-up businesses in The StartUp Zone at CeBIT.

Harvey Stockbridge, the managing director of Hannover Fairs Australia – an organiser of CeBIT Australia – said NSW attracted, supported and accelerated pioneering start-up companies that have been transforming a range of sectors, from finance, healthcare and education to transport.

“CeBIT Australia provides a prominent launchpad for accelerating start-ups to learn from leaders in the industry, showcase their innovations and connect with like-minded entrepreneurs,” he said.

The inclusion of Obelisk Systems in the major event comes after the company won a National Broadband Network grant earlier this year – funding that was only allocated to nine companies across Australia.

The company was formed by Maitland man Andreas Antoniades and a band of graduates from the University of Newcastle.