Safety & security features heavily in this fortnight’s top trending startups, with five out of the top ten companies representing the category.
Shark Shield replaces Shark Mitigation Systems at the top of leaderboard, as the startup’s shark repelling product was endorsed by an independent University of WA study and captured significant mindshare as a result. The study showed that great white sharks were successfully deterred from a bait by the electrical wave emitted by the device. The company was widely covered in the national press and overseas, and saw strong social media traction in particular on Facebook.
Awards season is upon us with five separate awards announcing their shortlists or winners this fortnight, acknowledging WA’s innovative and entrepreneurial finest: WAIITA INCITE Awards, WA Innovator of the Year, Telstra Business Awards, EY Entrepreneur of the Year and the Rising Stars Awards.
One such company is Norwood Systems, the second highest trending company this fortnight, and recognised by two separate innovation awards. The listed telco was a finalist in the INCITE awards, in the most disruptive technology category, and a semi-finalist in the WA Innovator of the Year. CEO and founder Paul Ostergaard said:
“Norwood is pleased to feature in Techboard’s top five startup ranking”, “It’s been quite a journey since listing on the ASX, including the launch of World Phone – an app which provides better international call quality at a significantly cheaper rate. It’s great to see further details being made public of our targeted full-service OTT service platform.”
Another Innovator of the Year semi-finalist was Tap Into Safety, ranked fifth in Techboard’s ranking. The interactive safety startup was also recognised as a finalist in the Telstra Business Awards, in the WA New Business category.
Founder Sue Bahn commented:
“Tap into Safety have made some significant progress since our second birthday last month. That milestone reinforced the brilliant work the whole team has achieved in developing the safety training platform, bringing on significant major clients and forming a second division in the company that focuses on mental health.
Our networks and peers are also positively encouraging our continued success through award finalist nominations such as Telstra Business Awards, WA Innovator of the Year and WAITTA INCITE Awards. It is also great for our achievements to be recognised in Techboard’s Startup Ranking.”
veri.vote, the company that wants to revolutionise democracy, is ranked fourth. The startup attracted widespread national media coverage, with the federal election driving a lot of that interest. Co-founder Cam Sinclair commented:
“We’re delighted to have made the top five. For a small startup like veri.vote, it’s a big honour. It’s exciting to go from startup weekend eight months ago, to gaining national media attention and the top five of Techboard. In the light of last weekend’s federal election, millions of Australians have been rightfully asking why we don’t already have online voting. We’re working hard to develop a voting system supported by blockchain technology which can be trusted by elected officials, electoral commissions and the voting public alike.”
Online injury management solution Injury Connect, ranked sixth on Techboard, was the overall winner of the Rising Stars award.
Family Zone, which provides parents with tools to manage their kids’ online access, was both a WAIITA INCITE finalist in the Most Impactful Social Benefit category, and INCITE’s Startup of the Year. The startup is ranked seventh on Techboard.
Global digital media company migme is ranked third, following strong social media engagement and a $2m investment by Chinese app developer Meitu. The share placement follows an earlier $7 million investment by Meitu.
Here is a taster of Techboard’s latest startup ranking for the period ending 6 July 2016.
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