Small Business finalists

For outstanding international success by any business with total annual sales not exceeding A$10 million.

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National finalists for the 61st Australian Export Awards in the Small Business category.

Aceit Sportswear

Wollongong (Dharawal Country), New South Wales


Innovation is the foundation of Aceit’s custom apparel, sportswear and merchandise products and services. The industry leader develops apparel and merchandise in line with current designs and retail trends. It has also developed a modern design-it-yourself software to help clients create their own customised designs. 

In addition, Aceit offers clients a value-added outsourcing solution to manage uniforms and merchandise via online stores. It also handles online and venue-based creative merchandising solutions. 

Aceit has established itself in the niche sport of bowls within the UK market. It currently exports to Europe and the UK. 

Visit Aceit Sportswear website.


Yarralumla (Ngambri Country), Australian Capital Territory


BixeLab helps companies comply with domestic and international standards for their identity and biometric solutions. It is a qualified third-party biometric testing organisation offering comprehensive services for testing, compliance assessment and certification.

The company is one of only two National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-accredited biometric testing laboratories in the world. It is also Fast Identity Online (FIDO Alliance) accredited for biometric component certification.

Established in 2021, BixeLab exports to the UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, the US and New Zealand.

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Clean & Pure

Mandurah (Mandjoogoordap Country), Western Australia


Natural beauty and skincare company Clean & Pure’s products are made from low-irritant, non-toxic, Australian-sourced ingredients. Its range includes 100% organic sunscreens, lip balms, skin balms, handmade soap and moisturisers. It is the only brand in the world to use real manuka beeswax in its products.

Clean & Pure started exporting in 2017 with distribution agreements throughout China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the US. The Clean & Pure brand is fast becoming a trusted Australian brand throughout the world. This is driving exports into new markets. 

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St Lucia (Yuggera Country), Queensland


Each year, prawn (shrimp) farmers around the world incur losses from pathogens totalling billions of dollars. Genics’ knowledge and technologies help solve this huge challenge.

Its Queensland-based team of scientists and specialists employ the power of data to help reduce losses and increase profits. Using tissue samples supplied from a client’s prawns (shrimps), Genics develops highly sensitive and effective early pathogen detection and disease prevention solutions.

Genics’ early pathogen detection is considered the gold standard in both the commercial and government biosecurity sectors. The company has clients in 43 nations including Ecuador, Europe, India, Indonesia and Vietnam. 

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Ikuntji Artists

Haasts Bluff (Ikuntji Country), Northern Territory


Ikuntji Artists is a not-for-profit Aboriginal art centre in the remote community of Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff) in the Northern Territory. Established by Luritja women in 1992, it was the first women-established art centre in the Western Desert art movement.

The art centre is a space for maintaining and reinforcing cultural practices through artmaking. It is a vibrant community hub and acts as a studio offering career pathways and opportunities to its members. Over the past few years, Ikuntji Artists has developed a strong presence in the global textiles and fashion sectors.

Eight artists are now represented in international galleries and the online business sells to the world. Key export markets include Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the US.

Visit Ikuntji Artists website.


Melbourne (Wurundjeri Country), Victoria


Molecule2Market advances Australia’s contribution to the research and development of innovative medical treatments. The clinical research organisation works with pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies, helping them achieve their research goals.

Headquartered in Melbourne, Molecule2Market established a US branch in North Carolina in 2022. The new branch aims to provide a complete suite of services for clinical research projects in the US. 

Molecule2Market exports its services across the US and Asia-Pacific region, as well as Europe. The company has increased export sales by more than eight times since 2021. 

Visit Molecule2Market website.


Adelaide (Kaurna Country), South Australia


MyVenue delivers faster, more reliable and rapidly scalable point-of-sale (POS) solutions for sports, entertainment and hospitality venues. MyVenue’s cloud-based, customisable, fully integrated POS solution was developed in Adelaide. It helps venues reduce operating inefficiencies and maximise sales revenue.

MyVenue is trusted by more than 70 stadiums, arenas, convention centres, zoos, hotels and cafes across the globe. In the past year, its global customer base has grown 304%. Exports have increased by 433%. Key export markets include the US, Canada, the UK, and Southeast Asia. 

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Smitten Merino

Battery Point (Nipaluna Country), Tasmania


Smitten Merino designs and manufactures clothing and sleepwear from merino wool sourced in Tasmania. Its range is made in Australia from natural fibre and is machine-washable, carbon-neutral, and from a sustainable source.

Merino wool is naturally thermo-regulating, odour-resistant and crush-proof, making it an ideal product to wear all year round. Smitten designs are a range of easy classic styles in a seasonal colour palette suitable for all ages and body types. The company exports to Canada, the UK, the US and countries across Northern Europe. This year, Smitten’s online business was up 13% on the previous year.

Visit Smitten Merino website.