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The Cool Company Awards Readers’ Choice Index was created to provide an opportunity for Anthill readers to vote on Cool Company Award finalists, in...
Budge is a mobile app that ties charitable giving to friendly competitions. Whatever the challenge, the loser has to give a small donation to the charity of the victor's choice.
This helmet doesn't just look super cool, it feels like it. In place of the usual chin strap, an adjustable chin cup and rolled lower edge hold the helmet in place for a tight, comfortable fit. The helmet also comes apart in the back via a safety release mechanism, which means, simply, less post-accident trauma and easier removal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Meet ReSource Environmental Solutions (RES), Anthill 2012 Cool Company Award Finalist [Innovation Category]
ReSource Environmental Solutions began because founder Chris O'Brien wanted to tackle the problem of waste accumulation before it arrived at the landfill. Think of RES as a 'waste broker': it manufactures smart machines that break down materials and sort disposable from reusable, organic from non, to boost recycling and contain carbon output.
Inventium does more than instruct other businesses on how to be creative -- it gives them the tools to detect and predict creative thinking in their employees and recruits. The sharpest tool in the box is the Inventium Creative Aptitude Test (ICAT), the world's first developed psychometric test.
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