We believe innovation can happen anywhere – not just in Silicon Valley. As we survey the landscape of promising start-ups around the world, we see Australia becoming one of the hot beds for innovation. Here are 10 hot Australian start-ups that we think are worth watching.
Aston Club – Aston Club allows you to open and pay your bar or restaurant bill with your smartphone while earning exclusive member awards and organising your receipts and expenses. At the end of the night you can easily check-out via the app without waiting in line for the bartender.
Car Next Door – With so many cars on the road, why not rent one from your neighbours? Car Next Door is the Australian AirBNB for cars: people can easily rent vehicles when their owners aren’t using them. For people without cars it means easy and inexpensive access to transportation, and for people with cars it means extra money and the security that your car is fully insured. Doccy – Doccy takes the pain out of creating personalised documents. It is great for form letters, emails, or any type of personalised document that your business uses on a regular basis. Just upload the document, add a few placeholders and voila. Doccy offers a beautiful, clean user interface, it is optimised for all screens and it can automatically synch with services like Dropbox to make sharing on the go a snap.
Flatmates – Flatmates is about more than finding a room for a long-term rental. This easy-to-navigate website will help you identify flatmates that share your lifestyle. Flatmates offers a marketplace for users to quickly find comfortable, welcoming shares. A great mix of social features and convenient search functions makes Flatmates the go-to solution for Australians in search of the perfect home. Inside – Ever wonder how customers are experiencing your online store from their point of view? Inside provides an innovative graphical interface that allows store owners to visualise exactly where customers are in their purchasing cycle and engage with customers in real-time. This combination of consumer-grade design with complete transparency means that businesses can address customer questions and issues while the customer is still on the site and ready to purchase something. It’s so easy to use that anyone can pick it up in minutes. The Meat Society – The Meat Society provides an unbeatable service – high-quality meat delivered straight to your door. By partnering with Australian farmers and major food service providers, the Meat Society offers restaurant-grade meat at a fraction of the typical price. Members choose from a plethora of premium meat packs and enjoy the convenience of free home delivery. Tanda – Effective time management is critical to the success of any business. Tanda offers an application for tracking staff time that works on standard tablets. The app clocks time automatically for more accurate timesheets, and offers detailed cost analysis and guides to help managers plan ahead. Tanda also includes geographic and photo verification for timesheets, so managers can verify when and where people worked. Tapestry – Builds a communication tool that connects seniors to the people they love. They make services like Facebook and email simple and accessible so family members from all generations can easily communicate online. They also provide tools like a simplified email interface, cloud backup for photos, and an elegant way to check weather for family members around the world. Tell A Friend – Tell A Friend is a reward wallet that helps developers monetise their apps in a non-obtrusive way. By integrating a rewards section called the “Yoyo Button” into a given app, advertisers can offer in-app deals and collect user information through short surveys. Unlike banners ads, a reward wallet adds to the user experience rather than taking away from it. Wherewolf – Wherewolf removes paper forms from everyday interactions between businesses and their customers. For example, next time you check-in to a hotel, rent a bike, or go to the spa, you can enter your information easily via tablet rather than writing it down on paper so businesses can focus on what they do best, delivering great experiences and building relationships with their customers.
Klas Bäck is general manager, international, Braintree