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PropConnect (SMART 100)

Founder Asaf Brukarz identified a market need for an effective real-time, online reservation platform that would connect property developers with sales networks to achieve higher property sales volumes. After speaking to a multitude of industry participants, from property developers to salespeople, a common theme of a lack of transparency and real-time information was identified.

CLebLabs (SMART 100)

CLebLabs will run inside all JANSTONAPPS including the Vinciazee Mother and Baby release for the Vincigenius device. Apart from music and experimentation with sound, there are therapeutic uses in rehabilitation for those with brain damage or various brain disorders, as well as creating perfect relative pitch hearing in babies. (SMART 100)

This innovation came to life when I got sick of my wife always being on Facebook. The purpose of this innovation is to get my wife off Facebook and onto a platform that is Australian-owned. WotsDoin is a social platform to help keep families and friends connected without annoying ads everywhere.

Crowdsourced Pricing Consulting (SMART 100)

We were at a crowdsourcing discussion group when a small business owner asked what price should he charge for his product. It then hit us: why not use a crowdsourcing model to determine what price to charge and why. We have refined the model to use use "experts" rather than a crowd and created a unique website to facilitate the interaction between clients and experts.

WeTeachMe (SMART 100)

Now a noted graduate of the Launch48 program, WeTeachMe is a solution to two real problems that exist today: (1) information overload and the inability to retain knowledge; and (2) the inability for people to profit from their passions. WeTeachMe democratises education by putting it in the hands of the masses. Anyone, anywhere at any age can learn anything they want. Anytime they want.

Bamboo Bubby Bag (SMART 100)

My son was diagnosed with severe eczema at the same time he learned to roll and could no longer be wrapped or swaddled safely to protect his skin. We then resorted to baby one-suit outfits with hand-covers, but these also stop being made with this most useful feature at size 00-0. Distraught and sleep-deprived from being kept awake night after night, I designed the first Bamboo Bubby sleeping bag and it worked!

Handmade Bride Magazine (SMART 100)

The purpose of this innovation is to publish a magazine rich in useful advice from real wedding vendors with real experience to help plan real weddings. It is also easily accessible as it's an e-mag and completely free for the reader.

Naming Right Solutions (SMART 100)

We have watched the growing demand for "naming" services offered by crowdsourcing websites. These sites no doubt provide a wide choice of "creative" names at a low price and fast turnaround but are often based on sketchy briefs and shallow thinking. We believe a brand is the very foundation of a business so the name should be driven as much by the underlying strategy as it is by creative thinking. We saw a market opportunity for "strategic brand names".

Start-up & Go (SMART 100)

As a digital solutions company, we noticed several similarities in our clients' requirements even when they belonged to different industry sectors. They had full-service agency needs, needed to be trained and had comprehensive delivery requirements but low budgets. We built a service package from scratch that could provide all these services but in a process-driven system at a price that they could afford. (SMART 100)

I was travelling around Australia quite a bit for work, and I found it incredibly difficult to acquire local knowledge about what was on. It was easy enough to understand which really large events were on, but difficult to know what was on at a local level, and where I could find event information, it was relatively limited. The more I spoke with other people about this issue, the more I understood that this was a common problem that people experienced.

Andable (SMART 100)

I spent months speaking with independent sellers struggling to find simple and affordable online distribution channels that paid their product due respect. These sellers were also looking to partake in a relevant social cause that made them feel their business has a sense of purpose, and without cutting in to their already slim margins and time poor lives. Andable was born out of desire to provide a marketplace to support independent businesses, both here and abroad.

BuildingIQ Energy Management System (SMART 100)

Developed through years of scientific research at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), BuildingIQ is the only scientifically-proven predictive modeling tool for intelligently controlling commercial building energy consumption with virtually no start-up costs for the consumer.

Tapestry (SMART 100)

Co-founders Andrew Dowling and Jay Teborek met while studying in Beijing. There, in an engagement with advisors to the Chinese government on macroeconomic policy, they came face to face with what is the biggest demographic trend in human history, one that will transform industries, governments and societies over the coming decades: the ageing population.

Tailored Artworks (SMART 100)

Following my 23 years in graphic design and illustration, I was searching for something new but not alien to my background. An interior designer friend suggested I study at her school to learn interior decorating and thus create artworks for designers based upon the rules of interior design. I did this and later the colour psychology course and from this I started the business.

Serval Mesh (SMART 100)

I heard of the devastation caused by the 2010 Haiti earthquake. I realised that I had the skills and opportunity to make a positive difference in similar future catastrophes and set about creating a telecommunications system that could operate without relying on large, expensive and easily damaged infrastructure. My vision has attracted a talented, passionate and dedicated team, who are now turning it into reality.

iPledg Crowd Funding Platform (SMART 100)

Andy and I (the co-founders) were both on a Mentoring For Growth Panel and met afterward to discuss how we could fill the gaps at the bottom rungs of the funding ladder that made it so hard for businesses, creative individuals, charities and community groups to get funding for their great ideas and aspirations.

Inspection Apps (SMART 100)

Two innovators from Cairns established a statewide pool fence inspection business. A customised iPhone app and a bespoke database for managing the inspections was designed and developed. After 14 months and 3,500 inspections, the app achieved highly efficient outcomes. A team of 30 inspectors was managed by a single support person...but why limit this to pool fence inspections?

StyleRocks Online Jewellery Designer (SMART 100)

I was frustrated by not being able to create jewellery exactly as I wanted it. I went online and couldn't find anything to buy -- I found myself wanting to customise the jewellery I saw to make it right for me. I didn't have the energy -- or money -- to have something made at a jewellers. We left it...until I saw the Shoes of Prey website and thought, "This is what I need -- but for jewellery!"

Know the Game (SMART 100)

Having spent close to two decades working in the male-dominated corporate arena of investment banking and professional services, I recognise sport is a key way to build rapport with colleagues, clients and senior executives. The Australian culture is pervaded by sport and for those who have not grown up watching or playing Australian sports it can be difficult to engage with others, particularly when much of our corporate networking and social interaction relates to sport.

USA Parcel Forwarding (SMART 100)

Until USA Parcel Forwarding, Australians faced the problem of trying to buy goods from U.S. stores that would not ship overseas or had unreasonable shipping costs. Our innovation has given Australians easy access to the range and low prices of America’s online retail market.




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