Sydney startup Qwilr, which is looking to change the way people share documents by turning them into data-rich and interactive web pages, has released a suite of new features as it looks to attract a wider market.
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FinTech is fast becoming a sought after space within Australia, especially at a corporate and government level. That probably has something to do with Australian financial technology companies being some of the best in the world. They are global, are growing rapidly and are serving both the consumer and enterprise markets. It is little wonder that cities like London are beginning to wine and dine our local founders playing in this space with free overseas trips and educational tours in the hopes of wooing them to move offshore and call its city home.
Most people stopped using the Yellow Pages to find a tradesman a decade ago. Since then, the number of websites looking to help consumers connect with the right plumber or electrician has grown exponentially, but the battle is now on between apps looking to corner the tradie market. Despite the competition, Melbourne startup Mr Tradie believes it has the tools to do it.
Sydney education startup vClass has rebranded to Inkerz after its move into the Chinese market, this week signing partnerships with Shenzhen Yifang Digital Technhology and Shijiazhuang Dazhong Network Communication.
In an effort to increase diversity within the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology space, digital currency-focused media outlet Coindesk, in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative, is offering 50 diversity scholarships for the Consensus 2015 conference being held in New York City next month. The scholarship is targeted at “people of colour and women between 18 and 25 years of age”.
One startup looking to eliminate inefficiencies in the industry is GrapeBrain, a ‘viticultural intelligence system’ which leverages Microsoft’s Azure Machine Learning to significantly improve grape production forecasts.
carbonTrack allows users to track their energy use in their homes and pinpoint their biggest areas of cost and energy consumption. The application also allows its users to turn appliances on and off via their mobile phone no matter where they are in the world, helping them manage their usage in a more productive and effective manner.
The number of female tech startup founders in Australia is growing slowly but steadily, increasing from 16 percent in 2011 to 19 percent in 2013, with only a fifth of these founders coming from a tech background.
The global education industry is worth over $4 trillion, with the smart education and learning market set to reach a value of $446 billion by 2020. With the Asia-Pacific region particularly ripe for growth, the number of Australian EduTech startups keeps growing.