Home Cool Company Awards 2012
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!)
After 16 years as a police officer, Randall Smith, co-founder of Churchill Education, was forced to leave his former career due to post-traumatic stress disorder. He and his wife/co-founder Tricia Velthuizen. Forged a pact to get well at all costs. The positive outgrowth of the life-altering situation is manifested in Churchill Education, Australia's number one authority in the field of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
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.
Awesomely Australian are the words that spring to mind when it comes to qualify the coolness of Bay & Fyfe. The company takes the artwork of Aussie artist Daimon Downey and applies it to lush silk scarves. The result? An artistic statement to wear round your neck that is basically an Australian exclusive. Cool points? Cha-ching!
CQ Nurse was borne out of the idea of filling deficits in remote, rural, and regional nursing facilities across Australia. Since its initial launch in 2002, the company has met with that goal and expanded into the areas of workplace health, immunisation, community, and in-home care. Other offerings from CQ Nurse include online education, both free and paid, aimed at community and workplace wellness.
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.
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.
Vinomofo has an ambitious mission: to create a new generation of wine consumers far removed from the effete, bourgeois, oloroso –sipping Frasier Cranes with whom the pastime has long been associated. Since its initial launch in 2007, Vinomofo has endeavoured to bring people and wine together as a source of good wines and engaging customer service practices.
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.
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.
Fillim is an on-demand video-streaming service for independent filmmakers and film lovers. If you're a wannabe auteur, it only takes a few minutes to upload your film and distribute it, free of charge. Meanwhile, audiences have access to film festivals around the world.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Coolest Company accolade was awarded to app developer Budge for creating a way to make gaming meaningful. “When is losing fun? When charities win,” said Tuckerman.
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