Posted: 14 Aug. 2020 5 min. read

Tech is our new normal, disruptors are the future: celebrating 20 years of Tech Fast 50 Australia

When Tech Fast 50 Australia launched in 2000, the world was exhaling after the Y2K glitch failed to hit. It had threatened to tick us into a technology-induced disaster, but we glided into the new millennium with little more than hangovers and text messages on our Nokia 3210s to tell the story.

At this point, our lives were mostly analogue, but the digital world was picking up pace and in the early days of Tech Fast 50 the technology companies who made the ranks were just starting to weave their way into our lives.

Twenty years on, technology has transformed the world and is ingrained in every part of our lives. Tech Fast 50 has been there at every step, celebrating the innovators and disruptors who had the vision, guts and determination to reinvent the world.  

Today, as we grapple with a global health crisis, technology is no longer the threat but the solution, and Australia’s tech sector continues to develop and build the products and services that are allowing people to stay connected, work, learn, and shop, and to be entertained, informed and out of harm’s way.

The visionaries, innovators and disruptors from twenty years ago paved the way for our digitally connected world today.

Tech Fast 50 follows the story of our digital lives and is a barometer for the future, with companies like Seek, Webjet, Atlassian, Afterpay and many others rising through the ranks to become local and international powerhouses.

We will continue to celebrate this resilient and inspiring community to make sure they keep disrupting, innovating and leading to help the world take on the many challenges ahead and lead us to a brighter future.

Calling today’s tech leaders and future disruptors

Our unique program will continue to support Australia’s innovators and risk takers. Tech Fast 50 is about community, connections and coming together to share stories, spark new ideas, create collaborations and inspire new generations of bold thinkers. Because we know that the little seed of an idea that just popped into your head may turn out to be the solution to a problem that no one else can fix.

The Tech Fast 50 program is so much more than winning, and by taking part you’ll meet peers, grow networks, have access to workshops and find inspiration and advice that will help you and your business build resilience and continue to grow, whatever the world throws at you.

Our 2020 program is now closed and you can view our list of incredible winners here. If you think you have what it takes in 2021, register your interest in the program here

Are you eligible?

Technology Fast 50 Australia ranks the 50 fastest growing public or private Australian technology companies, based on revenue growth over three years. In the last three years your company must have had a cumulative growth of $8 million; if you don’t qualify, check out our Rising Star category.  

There are four categories:

  • Overall winner: the company with the highest percentage growth over three years.
  • Leadership winner: Australian tech companies that feature in our Technology Fast 50 list and had revenue over $50m.
  • Technology Female Leadership: tech organisations who made our Technology Fast 50 list and have been founded or cofounded by a female or currently have a female CEO.
  • Rising Star: high-growth nominating companies who don’t qualify for the Technology Fast 50 list as they have less than three years existing revenue

See our full eligibility criteria

More about the author

Joshua Tanchel

Joshua Tanchel

Partner, Technology Fast 50 Australia Lead

Joshua is a partner in Deloitte Private and leads the Sydney Deloitte middle market technology program, which includes the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 program. He also sits on the Deloitte technology, media and telecommunications industry group national executive leadership team. Joshua has over 20 years' experience working with technology growth companies from start up to exit/IPO in both an audit and strategic advisory role, understanding their lifecycle needs and matching this to the broad capability of Deloitte. His areas of specialisation include audit, accounting, investigating accountants reports and business advisory.