CeBIT Australia is hosting the largest start-up showcase in the Asia Pacific with over 100 tech focused start-ups presenting products and services to potential customers, investors or partners over its three days.
Acting CEO of Jobs for NSW, Geoff White, said the breadth of ingenuity on show was inspiring, cutting across all industry sectors and demonstrating the many market opportunities being opened up by the merging of technology with creative talent.
Here’s a snapshot of some of the diverse startups that have been assisted by Jobs for NSW and are exhibiting this year:
Advanced Catering Solutions of Edgecliff’sQAmC (Quality Assurance meet Chef) system combines a handheld device, cloud software and blockchain ledger to allow large volume caterers to streamline how they document food safety compliance, meaning they no longer have to rely on pen-and-paper that is labour intensive and can be risky. “It takes away the paper-based records and replaces them with a system that guides the user through the temperature recording process for immaculate record keeping and operational efficiency,” founder David Cox says.
AirBuddy of North Bondi is turning recreational technology into a big business opportunity by bridging the gap between snorkeling and scuba diving thanks to the invention of a floating rechargeable battery-powered air compressor that allows users to breath underwater for up to 45 minutes and at 12m deep. “It's compact and weighs about 60-70% less than other dive gear so there is no need for air refills or tank rentals, logistics or bulky gear,” founder Jan Kadlec says.
BenchVote of HomeBush is a fan engagement and polling platform for sporting organisations, teams, governing bodies and publishers to engage fans, drive revenue, collect data and grow their marketing databases. “Through our expertise in digital marketing BenchVote acts as a specific marketing funnel for our client. First we engage and activate their user base then get them to perform business KPI specific actions - purchases or marketing opt-ins - once the user is engaged,” Director Adam Mussa says.
Clay of Bronte was inspired by the problem of a lack of affordable childcare prompting mother of three Sunita Corray to develop an app to enable parents to share childcare across a trusted network of experienced parent carers. “As a verified member, parents can request help for school runs and childminding, and offer the same to earn back childfree time using an in-app currency of time credits or cash,” Ms Corray says.
Dovetail of Kirribilli has developed a software as a service (SaaS) platform to help teams organise and analyse customer feedback and user research. “Companies can store and organise their qualitative data, analyse it to find patterns, and share it with colleagues enabling them to get richer insights and more efficiently build great products for their customers,” CEO Benjamin Humphrey says.
Elula of Sydney has developed technology that uses artificial intelligence and data visualisation to help companies overcome the problem of ‘customer churn’. “Our products uniquely combine machine learning with mathematical optimisation to not only predict customer churn but also prescribe the next best action - for example, what is the right price to offer - at a granular level so businesses can take targeted pre-emptive action to improve retention.”
Everywhere Venues of Bathurst is developing a easy and accessible online directory for people to search, compare, book and pay for venues on demand, allowing venue owners to maximise returns on physical assets and create opportunities for business, tourism, entertainment and community engagement.
“Venue Managers use the powerful backend portal to create venue listings, manage bookings, receive payments, receive qualified venue leads and view user statistics on how their assets are being used and the demographics of their customers,” Director Zoe Hida says.
Envirodyne Group of Unanderra is proving technology can help remote communities by establishing a solar powered water treatment plant to treat up to 4000 litres a day on a farm near Young. “The demonstration plant also shows this type of plant can be successfully operated remotely with continuous online monitoring and control via the web, thereby ensuring quality water supply to communities where there may be no persons available with water treatment expertise,” CEO Mike O’Brien says.
FluroSat of Eveleigh uses hyperspectral cameras onboard drones or satellites to obtain remote sensing imagery and uses sophisticated analysis to estimate farm crop performance and diagnose crop stress. “This allows crop problems to be treated efficiently to improve yields and reduce input costs like fertiliser, pesticides and water,” CEO Emma de Haas says.
HeadsafeIP of Bronte has developed the ‘Concussionometer’ which is a portable headset that uses clinically validated, patented technology to measure the brain’s electrical activity and send results to a smartphone to diagnose within two minutes if a sports player is concussed and has to leave the field, and when they are safe to return. “The technology is designed to take the uncertainty, and controversy, out of concussion diagnosis,” says company director Dr Adrian Cohen.
Inspace XR of Sydney builds augmented and virtual reality software for the real estate sector with its signature product 'River Fox' allowing users to create interactive, photo-realistic VR experiences from CAD in just 1-click. “Anyone can now step inside a space - an airport, an apartment, a shopping centre, before it exists. This will improve the way we design, construct and maintain buildings and as a result, improve the lives of many,” CEO Justin Liang says.
My Medic Watch of Sydney aims to save lives and give vulnerable people more autonomy thanks to a smartwatch application that usesautomated algorithms to detect seizures or falls and activates emergency assistance by sending a notification and GPS location to caregivers. “As the older generation is increasing, In Australia, there are 3.6 million people over 65 years old, in the US 47 million people and Europe 96 million. The market is still growing, and these are only the places that are easy to get into. The global market is way bigger than that.”
Oppizi of Surry Hills has acquired high profile clients like UBER and Airtasker with its technology that allows companies to use offline marketing to acquire customers, with an app and portal allowing clients to order, track, follow and measure marketing campaigns. “We enable companies to use offline marketing as an acquisition channel. We make it as flexible, as scalable, as easy as online marketing,” CEO Arthur Favier says.
Sana Health Intelligence of Sydney is building a software platform and combining internet of things (IOT) technologies for affordable health monitoring of our ageing population. A bundle service will include a wearable sensor, an android tablet and a senior-friendly app, with family and carer apps to follow as well as plans for blood pressure and glucose monitoring and other health services. “Our service empowers baby boomers to keep an eye on their own health. If they need to, family and carers could offer help remotely,” founder Man Lee says.
Ping Data of Sydney is ridding the world of paper receipts while unlocking value for banks, retailers and consumers. Its technology allows customers to pay for transactions as they normally would with their card but receipt information is captured through an electronic ‘PingReceipt’ that appears next to the transaction in the customer’s banking app. “We are creating a value exchange between banks, retailers and consumers. Connecting all participants with new levels of value and insights. Best of all our innovation is free to consumers,” says Ping Data’s Head of Operations Steve Cunningham.