SEWater has been replacing old septic tanks on properties in sensitive areas with Pressure Sewer Units for 10 years. These units come standard with localised alarming to let property owners know there is a problem with the sewer pump. After a power outage in a small regional town caused the entire town to be woken at 4am by 100 units all flashing and alarming, our staff believed we needed to find a way to monitor and control the pumps from our office.
I discovered that there was a way of giving people who experienced financial difficulty a way to declare bankrupt, to become annulled from bankruptcy within six months. However the "innovation" is giving the client their life back and a clear credit rating as if the bankruptcy never happened or existed in the first place.
Several Telco customers approached us wanting to offer electricity to their retail customers. They recognised our business system provided the foundation of all they needed to run both their electricity and Telco business in one single sign-on cloud-based SaaS system. Our clients identified the opportunity for us. We worked interactively with them to make this come to life.
A media executive, having sold his media agency to a global conglomerate, and a senior marketing executive from a multinational FMCG organisation saw an opportunity to add an innovative, aligned service to the marketing services industry. Tired of advertising "guff", the founders take a portion of risk in a business for whom they work and therefore focus first and foremost on the most effective client outcomes.
MOB created buildAR.com, which quickly became WordPress for the Augmented Reality industry. This helps publishers ensure they're not left behind by the mobile AR and Augmented Web revolution and makes it easy for you to create AR in minutes with no development required.
Over a period of some 10 years, I wrote sales copy for product vendors. I saw that most vendors require professional quality copy, but don't have the budget for it. Instead, they write it themselves or don't use copy at all. In late 2010, I came up with an idea for automating the creation of property descriptions for real estate agents and vehicle sales copy for car dealers.
Our Operations team wanted to become more proactive with leak detection from our water main network in order to a) minimise non-revenue water; b) minimise customer disruptions/frustration; c) minimise repair/reinstatement costs for water main bursts; and d) gain greater understanding of the water network (i.e. make it smarter).
We, like many others, were concerned with the level of unemployment but curious as to why all the focus was on job creation. We were keen to build a model that created small business that could foster the entrepreneurial spirit that many individuals have that are currently unemployed or underemployed often for reasons outside their control. Why not shoe shining?
I realised that the Internet held the key to solving the greatest daily challenge of the $7 trillion construction industry: getting paid. Whilst many licensed accounting and invoicing systems are available to the industry, none of these connect parties in a meaningful way. And although there are a growing number of online systems available to facilitate project collaboration, these focus on document control and file sharing rather than financial management.
Searchwords’ Get Me Online innovation came to life when the founders saw the struggle for small businesses to move online. Websites are the cornerstone of the Internet but before Searchwords website development posed a time-consuming and costly problem for SMEs. Searchwords’ founders were itching to remove the costly frustration and solve the problem, giving every business a chance to participate online and get their business online quickly, cheaply and without requiring any technical knowledge.
The group saw tremendous and untapped potential in enhancing the real estate search experience. With the sprouting growth of iPad users, the group embarked on developing an app that gives property buyers a new platform to search for properties with greater ease.
Anthony Sork, an employee engagement expert, detected a gaping hole in the market for a product that could help businesses save hundreds of thousands of dollars in staff turnover costs. Having spent a great deal of his career having conversations with HR/Recruiters/Hiring Managers, Anthony recognised that no one was paying any attention to the bonds new employees were forming with an organisation, and how this honeymoon period of three months would set the resting point for how much effort the employee was likely to put in after they passed probation.
Brad realised there was no way to buy anything directly off of TV without requiring an app download or anything similar, so he set out to create BuyReply which would enable merchants to sell products across any broadcast medium without needing an app. Five months later, our team is four weeks away from launching a world-first, patent-pending platform that enables this.
A team of ex-Disney and ex-games industry veterans decided to create the best virtual world for kids. Our startup is the fastest-growing games company in Australia, growing from five people in Jan 2011 to over 20 people now, and we’re now taking our story to mobile platforms and brand franchise extensions.
in2loyalty initially came to life when I was at my local fruit grocer and they offered me a paper stamp loyalty card. Every week I shop there and as I don't carry a purse or wallet, every week I would forget my card and miss out on getting the rewards. As I always have my phone on me, I thought, wouldn't it be great if the stamp card was on my phone? Then I would never forget it, and would always receive the rewards.
As we all get old, cataracts is an issue most of us will see. Applying the correct prescribed drop dosage is important for the healing process. After interviewing some patients at the hospital and observing my grandparents, I found that there were numerous hurdles to applying a compliant dosage of eye drop with the conventional packaging. I then set out to design ENEdropp.
We noticed how many clients who applied with us and who were eligible for an advance did not proceed with finalising their loan because of reluctance to have their payroll officer called, as well as the time it took to compile and send documentation, and delays due to payroll officers being unavailable. We thought we could streamline this process using highly advanced mathematics and software.
Businesses’ biggest complaints were that they were sick of the quick turnover they faced from agency-found employees, as well as the high costs. Paula decided to fill the gap with an innovative recruitment/HR business, where business owners could talk to business owners through a franchised delivery model.
I was building a house in Tassie, partly from the rock rubble lying around the building site. Packing irregular shapes together to form a nice-looking regular structure was hard work and I thought, "A computer can do this." I realised that as well as solving an intellectual problem, the software would enable the use of a local resource, unprocessed quarried rock, which is about 10% of the price and its production results in just 10% of the greenhouse gas emissions compared to manufactured and processed masonry material like concrete, brick and dimension stone. So, great for sustainable development.
We got sick of having to charge our clients for fixing work that was already paid for and having to justify our fees to our clients for this work. The majority of bookkeepers weren't qualified and hence did not understand accounting and yet charged high rates based on experience. We realised we could offer the same services with better qualified staff at lower rates by moving accounting functions offshore.