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OzAPP Awards announce 20 finalists in startup competition

The 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.

The competition, which aims to find the most innovative tech startups across the Asia Pacific region, saw 210 startups from nine different countries enter this year. The majority of this year’s finalists are Australian, with two Hong Kong and one Singapore-based startups also in the running.

The winner will be awarded a USD$100 000 convertible note from Qualcomm Ventures, with all finalists receiving $24 000 worth of hosting, education, mentoring and marketing support from Rackspace and six months free service on Hootsuite’s social media platforms.

Larry Lopez, OzAPP Awards Advisory Committee chairperson, said the selection panel believes the shortlisted startups have opportunity for some real traction. This was certainly the case for last year’s winner, Ollo Mobile (now Ollo Wearables). Allowing people to keep tabs on elderly family members, the company recently moved to the US.

This year’s 20 finalists will have to conduct a live video pitch with a senior member of the award judging committee before the top 5 finalists are chosen, with the video pitch aiming to test the ability of the startups to pitch their ideas convincingly in a high-pressure situation.

The top 5 teams will then pitch their startups at the final event of the week-long West Tech Fest, to be held at Perth Town Hall on February 18.