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Meet Flippa, Anthill 2012 Cool Company Award Finalist [Global Growth Category]

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.

Meet TOM Organic, Anthill 2012 Cool Company Award Finalist [Social Capitalist Category]

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.

Meet StreetHawk, Anthill 2012 Cool Company Award Finalist [X-Factor Category]

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.

Meet TLC for Kids, Anthill 2012 Cool Company Award Finalist [Social Capitalist Category]

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.

Meet STREAT, Anthill 2012 Cool Company Award Finalist [Social Capitalist Category]

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.

Meet Churchill Education, Anthill 2012 Cool Company Award Finalist [X-Factor Category]

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.

Meet Inventium, Anthill 2012 Cool Company Award Finalist [Innovation Category]

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.

Meet Fillim.com, Anthill 2012 Cool Company Award Finalist [Innovation Category]

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.

Meet The Messenger Group, Anthill 2012 Cool Company Award Finalist [Micro Business Category]

The Messenger Group was started in 2001 by (drum roll please!) Lisa Messenger. The fatefully named CEO had decided to write a book and donate the proceeds. Realising a shortcoming in the Australian publishing offerings, Messenger found a way to fuse corporate sponsorship and publishing, ultimately getting her book funded.

Meet Vinomofo, Anthill 2012 Cool Company Award Finalist [Online Business Categrory]

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.

Meet Bay & Fyfe, Anthill 2012 Cool Company Award Finalist [Micro Business Category]

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!

Australia’s Number 2 is Anthill’s Number 1 at the sixth annual Cool Company Awards

All Hail the New Number 2! Launched in 1993 in a Western Australia garage, the company sells itself as solid like a big telco but spunky like a startup. iiNet has also challenged itself with breakthrough products, the latest of which is iiNet Labs, a research and development division that focuses on the needs of the company and its customers. The company that once organised staff for a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro now finds itself at the summit of 'coolness', taking home the top accolade at Anthill Magazine's Sixth Annual Cool Company Awards.

Meet Starlettos, Anthill 2011 Cool Company Award Winner [Micro Business and X-Factor Categories]

Stroll past our august cast of Cool Company finalists and you'll hear a broad range of definitions for "singularly nifty." But only one company -- Starlettos -- can say that, barely 14 months after its launch, its product landed in the glitzy gift bags given to nominees of the Emmy Awards.

Meet Jayride, Anthill 2011 Cool Company Award Winner [Social Capitalist Category]

What makes ride-sharing company Jayride cool is how it pushes its brand and how it has plugged in a revenue model designed to keep the company motoring along and driving toward its ambitious goal of extending beyond Australia.

Meet Effective Measure, Anthill 2011 Cool Company Award Winner [Global Growth Category]

When the folks who would form Melbourne-based Effective Measure pitched their product on their home soil, they received a sobering response -- take it elsewhere. So they did. Before long, their suite of tools for measuring online media buys and audience demographics had found customers in Dubai. And Singapore. And Johannesburg.

Meet LX Design House, Anthill 2011 Cool Company Award Winner [Innovation Categories]

LX Design House is an electronics design consultancy founded by Simon Blyth in 2006. Based in the Sydney suburb of Eveleigh, it's run by a small, nimble group of engineers who enjoy a good challenge. And what better challenge might one tackle than (cue Hammond organ) the mystery of mind control.

Meet Stuck On You, Anthill 2011 Cool Company Award Winner [Online Business Category]

When the folks at Stuck On You, the online storefront for kids labels, are asked how they are making the world a better place, they offer a brief, punchy answer: Ever seen a frustrated parent? Children leave jackets at school. They accidentally switch lunchboxes with friends. Stuck On You's labels are parents' first line of defense.

Meet Doin Time, Anthill 2011 Cool Company Award Finalist [X-Factor Category]

And here's our shining example that the entrepreneurial spirit can rise anywhere, anytime. Because we can guarantee you've never seen another designer T-shirt manufacturer like this. The men who make the Doin Time line of tees live in the Youth Unit of Port Phillip Prison, a maximum-security facility. All profits from the shirts go to charity.

Meet 3Fish, Anthill 2011 Cool Company Award Finalist [Social Capitalist Category]

3Fish aims their products and marketing at people and organisations with a social conscience, who care about the origins of their products. They provide merchandise for musical bands like the John Butler Trio, for existing retail brands such as Mambo and ALAS, and for non-profit organisations such as World Vision and the Global Poverty Project. You also can see 3Fish's stuff on campuses like RMIT and Latrobe. All in all, 3Fish has produced more than 100,000 items.

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