Power Ledger makes Techboard debut

23/08/2016 - 13:06


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Fintech and cleantech are the most trending sectors this fortnight, with six of Techboard’s top eight companies coming from these sectors.

Fintech and cleantech are the most trending sectors this fortnight, with six of Techboard’s top eight companies coming from these sectors.

Appearing in the ranking for the first time this fortnight, and taking top spot, was Power Ledger.

The company provides a decentralised marketplace for renewable energy – eventually allowing consumers to trade surplus electricity directly with other consumers.

The marketplace, due to begin trading later this month, uses blockchain technology provided by a related company, Ledger Assets (ranked 7th), which develops blockchain systems.

Both companies are co-founded by tech entrepreneur John Bulich.

“Blockchain is like an OS update for society while solar power will bring about an upgrade to much of its hardware,” Mr Bulich said.

Power Ledger is the logical product of the convergence of these two powerful technologies.”

Power Ledger’s other co-founder is City of Perth councillor and 40under40 winner Jemma Green, who is also involved with a range of clean energy organisations including Future Super, The Green Enterprise, Carbon Tracker, as well as Heritage Perth.

Both companies were widely covered in the press, with Power Ledger also seeing strong social media engagement.

Aurora Labs was Techboard’s second most trending startup, having had a very strong start to its first couple of days as an ASX listed company. The company makes metal 3D printers.

Listed fintech Activistic (ranked 3rd) is a micro donations platform provider, and has announced a capital raising of $3.65 million.

The funds raised will enable it to continue the commercialisation of its Veterans Call app in the US.

Filtering out all ASX listed companies, the adjusted top five features on demand truck matching service Instatruck, which picked up a couple of nominations from Techboard’s panel of experts, and hipflask and Offpeak Games, both pitching at tonight’s Innovation Bay event.


Digital Matter’s solar device recognised

Digital Matter has been awarded an honorary mention in the Best New Product category for its G52 solar powered tracking device at the Melbourne Security Expo and Conference.

Digital Matter designs, develops and manufactures GPS asset tracking and telematics devices and a software platform, as well as a number of Internet-of-Things sensors and gateways.

Its G52 Solar device charges its internal battery from the built-in solar panel, allowing it to provide tracking and telemetry for many years without needing power or the replacement of batteries.


BikeBooking launches new SMS solution

BikeBookings has launched a customer relationship management system with an in-built SMS solution to assist bike stores with follow up communication, removing the need to remember or diarise actions.

CEO Kristen Britz said, “the most requested feature we have had regarding our amazing booking system has been to replace current SMS solutions with something inbuilt - combining all the positive aspects of the BikeBookings format with easy options for follow up and reminder messages. We used that feedback to develop an innovative and ground breaking solution - a first for cycling stores.”


Astron partners with emapper for rehabilitation solution

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The product, called RPM, uses remote sensing data captured using UAVs to assess a number of key attributes associated with successful minesite rehabilitation including landform geometry, landform stability and vegetation.

To deliver the analytics associated with RPM, Astron is partnering with local web-mapping application company emapper.

Astron's Technical Director Julian Kruger commented that "emapper offers a great partnership arrangement for Astron to deliver our remote sensing analytics on a customised webmapping platform. Being focused on environmental data the team at emapper understand the nuances associated with delivering high quality and user friendly remote sensing data in a way that ensures our clients have access to the most meaningful and actionable information. The partnership is a perfect fit".


gobi launches on-demand sitter site

On-demand baby-sitter solution gobi has gone live with its website.

The service allows parents to create their own circle of trusted sitters, and book instantly from within that network when required.



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