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Meet Pollenizer, Anthill 2010 Cool Company Award Finalist [X-Factor Award Category]

Pollenizer provides all the services a business needs to create an online presence. Well and good. Australia is stuffed with companies that do that. Where Pollenizer sets itself apart is that it serves as a web-business' co-founder. In their own words, "we will be there from idea inception to launch and forward, with our team helping every step of the way." The organisation has 18 portfolio companies, 125 employees worldwide, $10 million raised and $50 million in valuation. And we did it in less than three years with only $1,000.

Meet Soup, Anthill 2010 Cool Company Award Finalist [Innovation Award Category]

Soup was Australia's first marketing agency to build a service proposition on word of mouth. The agency recruits people to become influencers, or Soupers. They receive products before they launch, samples to share with friends, and behind-the-scenes access to a client company. Soupers are matched by their backgrounds and interests to companies and products.

Meet 321 Water, Anthill 2010 Cool Company Award Finalist [Social Capitalist Award Category]

Gretha Oost is an innovator with a passion for environmental protection and a knack for marketing her own ideas. Her latest creation is 321 Water, a portable, on-the-go water filter. The name refers to the three litres of water required to normally make one litre of bottled water.

Meet iiNet, Anthill 2010 Cool Company Award Finalist [Big Kahuna Award Category]

iiNet likes to call itself a challenger brand. First and foremost, that means taking on communications behemoths like Telstra and Optus (sometimes in court). But it also means challenging itself with breakthrough products, such as Naked DSL in 2007, phone-modem combo BoB in 2009 and internet TV in 2010.

Meet Change2, Anthill 2010 Cool Company Award Finalist [Global Growth Award Category]

Change2 provides an online educations program for large Australian companies that want to make deep, lasting changes in environmental sustainability. Teaching companies how to introduce sustainable practices, by helping organisations reduce their carbon commissions, Change2 is also helping the world become a cooler place... quite literally.

Meet Living Fundraisers, Anthill 2010 Cool Company Award Finalist [Social Capitalist Award Category]

Living Fundraisers offers a range of herb- and vegetable-growing kits that offer an alternative for chocolate bars and cookie dough for school money drives. The company also offers seed-embedded Christmas cards. "These products allow schools and community groups to promote healthy, educational activities instead of flogging chocolate bars," co-founder Rachel Taylor said.

Meet eWAY, 2010 Anthill Cool Company Award Finalist

Giving merchants a method with which to process customer payment online is eWAY's bread and butter. But one of the things that puts eWAY squarely in the realm of coolness is that, as part of the signup process, merchants are given, or directed to, the tools need to set up an online presence. eWAY tries to make it easier for a nascent businesses to cuddle up with the Interwebs.

Meet Sportsnet Holidays, 2010 Anthill Cool Company Award Finalist [Global Growth Award Category]

In 1998, Australian entrepreneur Rob Cecconi heard some friends were having a tough time getting tickets to the Daytona 500 NASCAR race in the U.S. Cecconi poked around and learned Australia had few travel agencies that booked trips to sports events. Game, set, match. Sportsnet Holidays was born.

Meet Vulture Street, Anthill 2010 Cool Company Award Finalist [Micro Business Award Category]

Vulture Street combines a virtual. web-based conference room with smart, energetic consulting and a lean, mean company profile to help business develop innovative ideas in a short time. Its signature tool is the jam session, an web-based event that gathers online all the key players a client needs to hammer out new ideas and directions.

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