Media Coverage:

  • Construction industry tech firm APE Mobile raises $2M to launch international expansion-  AFR – August 2015

The Australian Financial Review discusses APE Mobile, an Australian technology company targeting the construction industry and working with mining companies, in which raised $2 million to launch its international expansion. The growth and 18-month track 1438582180190record made it possible for the company to raise capital. After becoming finalists in 2015 the pair launched a capital raising round attempting to gather $1.5m. Read more  here: 


Babysitting app Kindy takes out $100,000 prize at 2014-15 OzAPP Awards


  • Kindy pitched at the OzAPP award final in February 2015, beating four other shortlisted finalists to take out the award. Chief executive and co-founder Hugh Podmore, says that he was shocked when the winner was announced. He says that they will use the money to invest in product development. Babysitting app Kindy is hoping to leverage its win at the 2014-15 OzAPP Awards into its first external investment. read more here. 

  • The 2014/2015 OzApp Awards are open! – Spacecubed


The OzAPP Awards are the Asia Pacific’s most exciting and innovative app competition seeking the region’s best mobile, web and cloud app concepts. Spacecubed is very excited to be a Silver Parter of the 2014/15 OzAPP awards! Last year, saw over 500 applications from across Asia Pacific with Spacecubed members, Triplify making it to the final 5, pitching their ‘whats on guide for the world’, at the WestTech Fest. read more here 


  • The finest truckin’ convoy since CW McCall: 20 OzAPP Awards finalists named, including a freight marketplace

l_freightOnline freight capacity marketplace FreightExchange, which is currently part of Telstra’s Muru-D program, is one of the 20 startups named as a finalist in this year’s OzApp Awards. Each of the top 20 finalists will receive $24,000 worth of hosting, education, mentoring and marketing support, along with 6 months free service on Hootsuite Pro and Hootsuite University. Read more here.


  • OzAPP Awards announce 20 finalists in startup competition 

ozapp-west-techThe OzAPP Awards have named the 20 finalists in their 2014/2015 competition, with paperless site app for contractors APE mobile, academic assistant Assignmenthero, and complaint management app Two Hoots making the list. Read more here.



  • StartupSmart’s top 10 picks for this year’s Startup Spring festival

l_conference-445-1Startup Spring is gearing up for three weeks of events celebrating Australia’s vibrant tech startup community. Here are 10 of our top picks (in no particular order) for this year’s festival… OzAPP Awards Road Show: York Butter Factory. York Butter Factory will host the final stop on the OzAPP Awards Australia leg of the Road Show. Read more here.



Business News on ‘APE Mobile’ being shortlisted for 2014/2015 OzApp Awards 


Perth Technology company APE mobile has made it to the shortlisted top five in the 2104-2015 OzAPP Awards. APE Mobile officially launched in January last year, offering engineering contractors the ability to manage documents on iPads and mobile devices while on site. APE Mobile Chief Executive Matt Edwards features.



  • “Meet the Angels” in Singapore on 16 October

The-Hub-for-webLearn what venture capitalist Bill Tai looks for in companies at Singapore’s instalment of the OzAPP Awards. Register for the free event at The Hub Singapore, where angel investors can connect with the most interesting start-ups and hard-working teams, learn about their needs, and explain what they look for in companies they invest in. Register here



  • OzAPP runner-up 2012/13 provides expert commentary to ABC about the iPhone 6

SEE forgeABC News asked SEE Forge for their expert opinion on the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.The SEE Forge “FatFinger” app together with the new iPhone 6 will help businesses streamline workflows while eliminating paperwork, providing real-time operational analytics to management. Visit SEE Forge for more information or watch the video here




  • Atomic Sky Sponsors OzAPP Awards 2014/15 

Atomic SkyAtomic Sky is proud to be a sponsor 2015/15 OzAPP Awards! Atomic Sky helps people take good ideas and turn them into great businesses. They draw on their wealth of experience and expertise and combine it with good ideas from people who have a genuine passion for what they want to do. Read more here




RackspaceRackspace Asia Pacific is hosting their SMALL TEAMS, BIG IMPACT on Thursday 11 September at Cell Block Theatre in Sydney. This year’s competition will culminate in a live pitching contest, where startups and entrepreneurs will be able to meet global tech pundit and Rackspace startup liaison Robert Scoble and many other judges. Read more here.



  • ECU Sponsoring 2014/15 OzAPP Awards

ECUECU’s Office of Research and Innovation is a proud sponsor of the 2014/2015 OzAPP Awards. Qualcomm Ventures is again supporting a $100,000 convertible note as the first prize under the banner of QPrize Australia, plus there’s a host of additional cash prizes.




  • Get A Piece of the Action: West Tech Fest

westtech-176 The growth in WA startups is quite obvious, to see some of the latest in action and to mix with the next generation of entrepreneurs get along to Western Tech Fest incorporating OzAPP Awards. Join OzAPP at the 2014 OzAPP Awards/West Tech Fest at Bankwest to meet the esteemed Judging Panel and unveil the winners of the 2013 OzAPP Awards. The event will consist of an interactive day with several conferences from some of the world’s foremost leaders in technology and opportunities to unearth the next generation of innovative apps. Read more here



  • Ollo Mobile wins: $100,000 prize awarded to Queensland start-up at the OzApp Awards

l_ollo-new-445Ollo Mobile, a tech start-up aiming to help seniors, has taken out top honours at this year’s West Tech Fest OzApp Awards. Their product is a wearable panic button that triggers call-outs to family members and support networks. The Brisbane-based start-up receives a $100,000 convertible note with Qualcomm Ventures. Read more here.



  • OzAPP Awards Finalists Triplfier continues to grow

Triplifier Team - Damien Matt John Triplify hopes to become the “go-to” platform for discovering local events and was previously the only West Australian finalist in the OzAPP Awards. Co-founder Damien Hatton told StartupSmart the app aims to make it easier for users to plan a holiday by removing the task of having to visit multiple websites to see what cultural events are on. Read more here



  • Top five lessons from the OzAPP Awards: Damian Hatton, OzAPP Awards Finalist


I pitched Triplifier with four other finalists to a 150-strong crowd full of high profile investors and international industry superstars such as Bill Tai and Lars Rasmussen.  As an entrepreneur you’re always learning and becoming an OzApp finalist was our first opportunity to pitch our product to an important audience. Here are my five tips from being an OzApp finalist. Read more here



  • Brisbane startups dominate OzAPP Awards finale

ollo mobileIn another round of great news for the Brisbane startup community, the OzApp Awards finalists were announced, with local companies Ollo Mobile and Infinite Wardrobe taking first and second place respectively. “ollo Mobile” is a healthcare and monitoring system that communicates and monitors the health of those suffering chronic illness or disability. Read more here.




  • Perth developers top list for Silicon Valley at OzAPP Awards

OZAPP-logo2-178 Judges for the oZAPP Awards told The Sunday Times it was a tough job getting down from 127 entries to just five. Silicon Valley-based investor Bill Tai, who is visiting professor and innovator-in-residence at Curtin University, said he was “blown away” by the quality of ideas in the competition. Read more




  •  Innovative start-ups helped less

groupOne of the most influential members of Western Australia’s entrepreneurial community maintains government still has a role to play in supporting the innovation sector, despite the state government’s recent decision to cut funding. Read more here.




  • How to catch the eye of an international VC

VCAustralian start-ups are increasingly attractive to international investors as the technology and start-up sector evolves, especially if they’re leveraging their geographical location and have solid plans to go global, says internationally renowned venture capital investor Bill Tai. Read more here.




  • Bill Tai Has Put Money Into 110 Companies On 5 Continents

bill tai faceSince helping to establish the now-giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company in 1987, Bill Tai has kept busy putting millions of dollars into early-stage technology start-ups around the world. Tai told Business Insider he had invested in some 110 companies in the past 22 years, of which 19 went public, 20 were acquired, and “about five or six” shut down. Read more here.




  • Tweetdeck investor Bill Tai says NBN needed to help Aussie start-ups

Bill TaiProminent US-based investor Bill Tai says the best thing the new Coalition government can do help Aussie start-ups is to immediately introduce high-speed broadband. Tai is a partner at well-known US venture capital firm Charles River Ventures and has backed some of America’s most successful technology companies including Tweetdeck (by Twitter). Read more here.




  • If Atlassian lists, other start-ups will follow

atlassianA long-rumoured public listing of software developer Atlassian could spur other local start-ups to consider the same route. Mr Tai, is in Australia this week to promote the OzAPP awards, said it would take a large success to convince start-ups to list publicly, and investors on the Australian Securities Exchange to back them. Read more here.




  • International investor to go to on the road for Startup Spring Festival

OzAPP logo An event to unite and empower app developers and the burgeoning tech start-up scene is taking to the road this month as part of the Startup Spring Festival. Silicon Valley-based investor Bill Tai and director of Intellectual Property Commercialisations at Curtin University, Rohan McDougall, will take part in the OzApps award roadshow. Read more here.  



  •  OzAPP Awards Roadshow with Bill Tai!

Bill TaiYou’re invited to join Bill Tai, OzAPP Awards Judging Panel Chair and Silicon Valley venture capitalist as he discusses the future of smart phones, business apps and tech startups in Australia. Bill, of Charles River Ventures, has a track record of 19 IPO’s and has invested in companies such as Twitter, Tweetdeck, Ark, and Tango. Read more here.  




  • OzAPP Awards now taking applications for best app concept

startup daily OzAPP Awards are calling on creative app developers in the Asia Pacific region to bring forward their best new app concepts for mobile, web and cloud. Applicants will participate in a program that fosters dialogue and collaboration between innovators, researchers, investors and other industry heavyweights. Read more here.



  • Do you have an awesome app concept?

app-idea-270x270 Do you have a creative concept for a mobile, web or cloud app? Then how does this sound? An award from one of Australia’s most prestigious app development competitions, cool prizes on the side and seeing your concept come to life. Oh, and did I mention that there is cash too? The OzAPP Awards started three years ago to bring innovators, ICT developers and investors together so that they can learn and benefit from each other.Read more here.



  •  ‘Like a flash mob but useful’ 

The “useful flash mob” concept could not be topped as an inaugural winner. “This app has the potential to mobilise hundreds of thousands of volunteers, not only within Australia but internationally as well,” Dr McDougall said. Read more here.



  • Calling App Developers

startupsmart One of Australia’s leading app development competitions is calling for entries from entrepreneurs who have built creative apps for mobile, web or cloud systems this year. The 2014 OzAPP Awards is now open for entry. Applications will close December 13. Read more here.




  • Sydney pair win 2012/13 OzAPP awards

SoudbyteAlex North and Daniel Danilatos took out the top prize at this year’s OzAPP Awards for their phone-to-phone communication device, Soundbyte. The duo’s winning concept, Soundbyte, uses high-frequency sound to send data between mobile devices.  “On a small scale it can be used for peer-to-peer sharing,” said North. “But as the scales get bigger it can be used in retail to replace QR codes.” Read more here



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