Australian Honey Hub
Founder: Valentina Samac
In Australia, small beekeepers lack the resources to establish themselves in the marketplace. Enter, Australian Honey Hub! The only dedicated e-commerce vertical for honey in Australia, AHH is helping to revive declining bee populations by providing local beekeepers with a platform to share their produce and promote bee education. And it tastes great too!
Founder: Arjun Agarwal
For young Australians looking to invest, it’s hard to know how and where to put your money. Thankfully, our app is here to help. It shows young people how to invest their money, where it is being invested and exactly what impact it will have. We have already had 50 BETA users subscribe to our MVP website, and they say it’s exactly what they’ve been looking for.
I Am Mindful
Founder: Stephanie Silberberg
Coping with distress and regulating emotions can be a challenge for anyone, but for young people in particular, it can be particularly hard to harness internal resources in order to cope. We’re creating primary prevention, evidence-based mental health and wellbeing toolkits to help people learn to be their own mental health heroes, and feel confident they can weather any emotional storm. The first version of the I Am Mindful sensory self-soothing boxes sold out in 72 hours and there is a waitlist with people still signing up!
Founder: Karolina Petkovic
We are revolutionising iron deficiency testing diagnostics by using non-invasive, fast and reliable ways to detect and monitor iron deficiency, without the need for blood testing. Iron WoMan has been enthusiastically received by Australian clinicians who require 10M iron tests in Australia alone, and believe Iron WoMan can become a very valuable clinical tool.
My Solar Gurus
Co-founders: Komal Sajid and Zara Abbas
After a decade-long energy crisis, we’re making Pakistani solar energy solutions more accessible and transparent, especially for residential consumers. My Solar Gurus is an online quotations and consultancy platform, where consumers can receive proposals from several certified solar solution providers and choose the best fit for their requirements. Three serious customers have already sent us queries, and we are in the process of partnering with the right solar solution providers to fulfil those customer’s requirements.
Founder: Dr Corinna Sullivan
While returning to play is a welcome moment for sports clubs around the country, COVID Safe protocols are hamstringing sports clubs as they try to get back on the field. Our concierge service provides sports clubs with customised personal hand sanitiser spray bottles for each player, delivered straight to the training venue, helping sports clubs to meet their health and safety obligations. In doing so, we’re saving the clubs valuable time, leaving the coaches to focus on their job and duty of care, all while building team camaraderie. COVID Defender has already sold hundreds of dollars worth of products to sports clubs, suggesting there’s certainly demand in this emerging and growing gap in the market.
Hard Chat Solutions
Co-founders: Linda Witzel and Sayaka Sayeed
In the workplace, talking about difficult subjects can be tough, and it often feels easier just to avoid them, even if it affects the bottom line. Hard Chat Solutions is all about empowering tech start-up managers to have those conversations, and improving communication between them and younger employees who are working remotely. By guiding managers through our virtual library of carefully-curated short training animations, we demonstrate how to start and manage sensitive workplace conversations such as work-life balance.
Founder: Katrina Gaskin
For recent and soon-to-be graduates in Creative Industries, there’s a lack of opportunities to gain experience, network connections, and upskill to be job-ready. In.Turn addresses that gap between creative study and the workforce by reimagining industry learning and preparation through curated, project-based internships for the Creative Industries. Within 2 weeks we secured 5 businesses with 7 internships ready to launch on the pilot, along with collaboration opportunities with three higher education institutions.
Founder: Anne Duncan
When travelling solo, women sometimes face unique issues. We’re making it easier for them to have fun, feel less stress and travel like locals by designing travel experiences for tourists who want to scratch beneath the surface. Our online magazine introduces the city and its people, and takes the stress out of traveling by offering personalised experiences which help women gain locals-only knowledge, and be the traveller they want to be.
Co-founders: Celeste Maturen, Fredricia Abigail Setjoadinata and Vanessa Geraldine
Can’t travel? No worries, Markette is the next best thing! We know that sampling the local cuisine is one of the best parts of travelling, and Markette lets you experience food from different cultures all from the comfort of your own home. We’ve created a marketplace that offers uncommonly found foods and shares the cultural stories behind them, and supports independent food makers by connecting them with people looking for cultural food adventures.
Co-founders: Carlos Duque and Woon Hao Chai
Colombian coffee is in demand, but how do we get our hands on it? Mesita of course! Our e-commerce platform sells premium coffee that is grown, picked, roasted and packaged in Colombia, giving consumers the opportunity to access in-demand, premium coffee.
Founder: Karan Sethi
We’re solving present-day challenges associated with remote work and collaboration by harnessing the potential of Extended Reality technologies. Our solution takes inspiration from market leaders, while maintaining uniqueness that sets it apart, and addresses problems existing products currently do not.
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