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Step aside Pandora, Omny coming through!

- October 8, 2013 3 MIN READ

Australian startup Omny has just launched their personalised radio app – taking on the likes of Pandora, iTunes Radio, and iHeart Radio. Unlike other apps, Omny draws data from weather forecasts, the user’s Facebook feed, their email accounts, premium radio shows, and music from their Spotify, Rdio, Songl and iTunes accounts to deliver a highly personalised radio station.

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Dr Jana Matthews talks startups and ANZ Innovyz START

- October 8, 2013 4 MIN READ

Adelaide-based business accelerator program, ANZ Innovyz START, announced last week that 60 percent of the startups to graduate from the program raised almost $2 million in seed and angel investment, and secured contracts worth over $2 million. Dr Jana Matthews, Managing Direct of ANZ Innovyz START, spoke exclusively with Shoe String about the success of the program and the changing startup culture in Australia.

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Geepers challenges creative thinkers to come up with the best app concept

- October 2, 2013 2 MIN READ

Geo-location startup Geepers this week launched The Geepers Challenge 2013, a competition where creative thinkers across NSW have the opportunity to establish a technology startup of their own. Participants also have the chance to win other prizes in return for designing and presenting the best concepts for web-based or mobile applications that are fundamentally “powered by Geepers”.

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Turning your idea into a startup in 5 weeks

- September 27, 2013 2 MIN READ

On Monday, a Melbourne pre-accelerator program NEXT will be launched to equip startup founders with the skills and tactics necessary to succeed in an accelerator program or early product launch. The five-week NEXT program is taking place in Australia as part of the Startup Spring festival. The program evolved from Startup Weekend, an independent global grassroots movement to… Read more »

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And the winner of Shoe String Startup of the Year 2013 is…

- September 26, 2013 < 1 MIN READ

The judges spent many days deliberating because all 10 finalists were outstanding in their own right. But they did finally come to a decision, and tonight we handed the winner a life-size boarding pass to and from San Francisco’s Silicon Valley – the world capital for innovation – where they will have the opportunity to meet some of the most influential entrepreneurs of our time.

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Thankyou's 'life-changing' products hit supermarket shelves

- September 23, 2013 2 MIN READ

A little over a month ago, Woolworths joined Coles in their decision to stock social enterprise Thankyou’s “life-changing” product range. Today, Thankyou Water has hit the shelves of Woolworths stores across Australia, and its food and body care range is scheduled for release next month. Thankyou Co-Founder and Managing Director Dan Flynn predicts the next… Read more »

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A mischievous startup with a social purpose

- September 20, 2013 3 MIN READ

Coalition of Mischief embraces a cheeky, lateral marketing style for communicating messages around social, cultural and humanitarian issues. Their services are catered to non-for-profit and other socially aware organisations – like government and councils, social enterprises, businesses in the health and wellness industries, and cultural, health, environmental or educational initiatives – to help them achieve their social and financial objectives.

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New app Cinch ends the era of bad home videos

- September 20, 2013 2 MIN READ

Ever tried to capture a special moment only to look back and cringe at the awful quality of the video? Australians now have no excuse for taking bad videos with the launch of new app Cinch which guides users in capturing, editing and sharing video content.