Six Australians have made it into the international finals of this year’s Talent Unleashed Awards where they will be judged by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak.
The winner – among five internationally – will be offered a five-day business-mentoring workshop at the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship in South Africa during Global Entrepreneurs Week in November 2014.
The finalists are:
- Amber Blumanis, creator of Stopover app, APAC Rising Star Award
- Filip Eldic, co- founder of BlueDot Innovation, APAC Best Start-Up Award
- James Nathan, Founder and CEO of Food Orbit, APAC Community Impact Award
- Ken Taggart, founder of Chatty Kidz, APAC Digital Content Award
- Philip Andrews, director and co-founder of Liquid State, APAC Digital Content Award
- Sebastian Eckersley-Maslin, founder of BlueChilli, APAC Inspirational Leadership Award.
Stopover app is a tool that keeps travellers occupied while waiting for their next flight or stopover flight at airports. It offers a range of activities such as learning a new language, and users can even go find themselves someone to date via the app.
Blue Dot Innovation is geolocation software that uses the precise location of a person’s smartphone for making payments in retail stores, for example. The technology could allow a customer to enter a store and purchase product via their phone, with the software picking up on the location and details of the seller to process the payment. It uses Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, and mobile towers to get the precise location of the phone.
Food Orbit allows farmers to connect with wholesale buyers such as chefs and restaurateurs is an online platform that enables wholesale buyers such as chefs and restaurateurs through an online platform. By cutting out the middleman, Farmers can ensure they get a fair price for their produce.
Chatty Kidz is a learning app that helps bring long distant families together by having parents work with their kids on educational content on the iPad, using Skype video chat.
Liquid State publishes documents to a custom branded app for tablets and phones.
BlueChilli is a venture tech company that builds and invests in digital start-ups. It helps launch two new online businesses every month, with the aim to build and invest in 100 new businesses by 2016.
“The Australian submissions were as strong as those from more developed tech start-up cities in the region. It’s a positive sign that this important industry is not giving up as a result of the recent government changes,” founder and managing director of Talent International, Richard Earl, said in a statement.
Commercialisation Australia, a $213 million grants program for startups, was cut in this year’s Federal Budget. Innovation Investment Fund, a venture capital program that has co-invested more than $300 million with private sector investors in venture capital funds to grow startups, was also cut.