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This isn't your grandfather's meat pie. Quick service upstart Pie Face is challenging perceptions of what the iconic comfort food can be: reinventing pies with fresh ingredients and flavours, and bringing them to the world.
Yellowfin's innovation is a single integrated platform that brings all the tools of business intelligence into one place. And Yellowfin is making a splash well beyond Australian shores, counting a partnership network of more than 150 organisations in over 40 countries.
StageBitz is a service that is changing the entertainment business for the good. In the past, prop masters (for example) always made their own lists of materials in inventory inside a desktop office application like Word, then emailed it to someone else working in Excel, and then printed it out and ticked each item off in pencil. Now, with StageBitz, users can put their entire inventory up in the cloud with photos to boot!
Since 2007, Doin Time has been a portal between the "real" world and one that gets easily tucked away. The company manufactures and embroiders T-shirts, polos and shorts -- employing inmates within the confines of a maximum security prison.
Tweaky is a marketplace for website customization. The company will make a small tweak for SME websites for a small fee. Tweaks may range from installing a new company logo, adding an email subscription form, reducing the size of the footer, or embedding social media sharing links. If your company has already outsourced the design of your website, Tweaky is there to help you make those inevitable, subtle tweaks as needed.
What is cooler than a workspace in a ballroom? Well, not much that we can think of. Hub Melbourne is just such a place – and they make time to celebrate with a weekly “winedown.” (Sounds like my kind of place). What's more: the company is urging and facilitating collaboration like no other.
NoQ was born from a moment of inspiration on the part of its founder, Brad Moran. In 2011, Moran found himself waiting in line for a movie but wanting to get some food without loosing his spot. The scenario got him to thinking of way that he could pre-order and pay with his mobile so that he could grab his food and go without additional queue time waiting for the food. Voila! NoQ was born.
Jason L is a relatively young startup providing unique, commercial quality office furniture. The company sells direct to the public at wholesale prices, leading to discounts of up to 40%. The best part is that Jason L offers fully customized, ergonomic designs that ship fast, direct to your door. That's right – if you see something on the company's website that you like but would like another colour, the company will build to suit. Now that's thinking convenience.
Super Speak is innovative for recognizing that most adolescent speaking courses were actually borne out of adult curricula, and as such, was always a little daunting for the little ones. Now, the content is 100% cool and totally kid friendly, thanks to Super Speak. Now, the team at Super Speak is bent on making speech fun for kids – and the company is having a rollicking time itself in the process.
Concept Safety Systems introduced a way to fast-track businesses en route to compliance with Federal and State safety laws. Firemen and regulators alike have given their approval. If you're in Queensland, there's a good chance CSS will know its way around your office better than you do.
Nimble lending is a fresh, convenient way for Australians to borrow money whenever they find themselves in a jam. Started in 2005 by Sean Teahan and Greg Ellis, Nimble lets borrowers receive loans of up to $600 via a fast approval process online. Loans are paid within an hour of applying and run for 45 days. According to the company, Nimble is the fastest service of its kind in Australia.
Safe Sleep Space is company engaged in the noble cause of helping families get a good night's sleep – by helping babies sleep better. Since most parents will tell you that sleep can be a rarity up until one year of age, Safe Sleep Space is providing one heck of a service. (Believe me, I'm a father of two!)
In the push to make gyms more accessible and less inflexible, Jetts has leapt over expectations, replacing question marks with exclamation points. Open 24 hours? You betcha! Stuffy contracts and steep membership fees? Not at all!
The core of Stuck On You's audience, which now spans the globe, is mums with young children. All kids, it seems, are prone to misplacing their belongings on the bus or at school. All parents, in turn, are prone to spells of irritation and lost time.
Flippa excels at being the vehicle for buying, auctioning and selling online real estate. The absent .au in its URL says it all: the web industry is the essence of global. Much of that global traffic, naturally, is American, and only a tiny portion actually Australian. Count on a few Aussies, then, to gloat over beating the Americans at their own game.
Almost all women's hygiene products made of cotton include a long list of chemical ingredients. TOM Organic's products, on the other hand, come with a list of reassuring adjectives for those intimate moments each month. Non-toxic. Certified organic. GMO-free. And 100% biodegradable.
Streethawk is an innovative targeted location-based marketing solution for retailers and brands. The service, originally envisioned by David Jones, of ThreatMetrix fame, provides increased foot traffic through the use of personalized geo-targeted messaging. The company lets users track key analytics related to targeted campaigns as well.
Every day, thousands of children in Australian hospitals undergo scary procedures. TLC for Kids acts as a relief agency to give these kids immediate attention. Distraction, to them, is a noble goal.
A hybrid charity/business, STREAT is a cafe that recruits, by its own admission, the most unemployable people in the labour pool: homeless youth. Many are kids from broken homes, who have fled domestic abuse, or recovering from (or still struggling with) drug addiction.
FirstGold is a new savings initiative from Gold Company that is putting customers' financial futures back into their own hands. FirstGold is the smart way to get real about money, create good saving habits, all the while giving Gold Company's customers the flexibility and freedom they need. The service offers quick registration, easy savings choices, and round the clock access.
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