Slingshot Announces 2013 Intake
Slingshot the Newcastle based high tech accelerator is pleased to announce its 2013 intake.This intake has 8 outstanding companies ready to take on the world.
The program will run for 12 weeks with a demo day planned for late August, where the community and investors will get to see the companies showcase their ideas.
The companies were chosen from close to 150 applications with 50% of the entrepreneurs coming from the Hunter Region and the rest predominately from Sydney. Slingshot also received a number of international applications.We were completely overwhelmed with the quality of applicants for our first intake and credit the strength of the local start up community and the local ecosystem with fostering such great ideas. Getting down to the final number was not an easy task. “We were completely overwhelmed with the quality of applicants for our first intake and credit the strength of the local start up community and the local ecosystem with fostering such great ideas. Getting down to the final number was not an easy task” said co-founder Trent Bagnall.
The diversity of companies include an online automated music collaboration website, a recommendation website with professional sports data, a news aggregation provider and a mining services business.
Some of the back grounds of the entrepreneurs include an FA-18 fighter pilot, a 16 year old whiz kid, two brothers who are extreme sport athletes, a trio of talented musicians, an ex corporate lawyer plus the usual hustlers and hackers.
The program has grown into reality due to the contribution of Slingshots foundation partners who include, PWC, Sparke Helmore, Fairfax media, the University of Newcastle, The Hunter TAFE and Newcastle innovation.
“Slingshot has quickly established itself in the start-up space attracting a high level of quality companies to its seed funding program. PwC are excited to partner with Slingshot and we look forward to tracking the continued progress of this innovative project,” says Ms Stephanie Fabian, PwC Director.
Together with a high quality of sponsors and entrepreneurs, Slingshot has an enviable collection of mentors that are helping guide and shape the companies.
Meet the 2013 Intake below
BuyitRideit Contact: www.buyitrideit.com email@example.com, Josh Barter 0422 587 724,
Two brothers from Newcastle with a love for the outdoors and action sports came together with the idea for a one stop website for everything action sports. Being passionate about action sports growing up surfing, skateboarding, wakeboarding, snowboarding and riding motorbikes together the boys knew that it needed to be easier to find information about action sports, connect with retailers and purchase online. The answer was BuyitRideit.
Buying a surfboard, wakeboard, snowboard, bike or motorbike can be a big decision. Backed by a community of everything action sports BuyitRideit helps you connect with retailers across the country to find the best products, compare deals and purchase online or in-store. Using BuyitRideit you instantly become part of a unique online action sports community accessing news, information, videos, interviews and articles from local retailers and industry professionals.
Chinese Whispers Music is now an online space that enables ‘whisperers’ (musicians, producers and songwriters) from around the world to unite, create and share music. They automate the mundane processes associated with collaboration, letting their users creative streak run wild amongst a melting pot of genres, cultures and timezones.
Chinese Whispers is disrupting song writing by incorporating Social Networking where users anywhere in the world can Unite Create and Share rather than just consume. Sounds like a lot of fun!
Chinese Whispers allows you to upload a piece of music to the community where three musicians from different walks of life, in different locations from around the globe, unite which results in the creation of a musical masterpiece.
Chinese Whispers Contact: www.chinesewhispersmusic.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Hodgkinson – 0422 437 449
Choosly Contact: www.choosly.com email@example.com Rory Houston 0421 075 593,
Choosly tells you what the professionals use, to be the best in the world at what they do. Choosly have catalogued the world’s best sports people, chefs, models, rock stars and in fact any professional who excels in their field.Choosly want to help you, the consumer, research what your favourite star uses before you make a purchase. From Billy Slaters boots to Slash’s guitar and even Gordon Ramsey’s knife, be the best by using what the best use.
Choosly is unique and has a place in the relationship between consumer, retailer and manufacturer as a recommendation engine that is comprehensive and not biased to one brand or one retailer. Choosly understand that when we look to make key purchasers the influence of individuals at the top of their game is an important piece in the buying decision. Choosly, be the best, by using what the best use.
FlightBids is an online auction site for flights, where you can purchase flights at ridiculously low prices. With each auction starting from just 1 cent, you’ll be hard pressed finding cheaper airfares anywhere else in Australia.
FlightBids offers a broad range of flights where people can purchase anything from domestic to international first class flights. Our flight auctions will include return flights to New York, Las Vegas, London, Paris and Bali in the coming months.
FlightBids wants all of its users to have a fun and exciting experience, so just by signing up you can enter our auctions for free.
FlightBids Contact: www.flightbids.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org Nick Trkulja – 0404 189 543
Fewzion Contact: www.fewzion.com email@example.com Paul Moynagh – 0431 748 494
Fewzion is an mine operations planning tool that replaces traditional planning ￼spreadsheets and whiteboards with a modern online system that makes it easier to ￼plan, schedule and execute work to improve productivity.
Fewzion is changing planning by making mine management tools easy to use, more effective and more sustainable. We make it easy to put an up to date plan in the hands of your front line leaders and hold them accountable for delivering it. We take advantage of modern software usability features to provide “ipad simple” functionality that you simply can’t get from spreadsheets, whiteboards and traditional ERP tools. Whilst retaining (and improving on) the visual management
and interactive capabilities of the old tools.
Fewzion has four of the top ten international mining firms either using or interested in the system and major construction firms have also expressed interest.
MemberPass simplifies making payments by helping independent business owners within the health, beauty and fitness industry turn casual visitors into recurring clients through our web-based payment system using fast, flexible memberships.
Imagine you’re running late for your fitness class, you forgot to transfer money and there is no ATM nearby, it’s pretty embarrassing not paying on time. How about he inconvenience for the trainer to manage so many late and casual payments? Wouldn’t it be nice to receive a discount for showing loyalty to your favourite beauty salon by combining your regular services into a convenient membership?
Well MemberPass empowers you to take control of your payments for all your services in one place.
MemberPass Contact: www.memberpass.com firstname.lastname@example.org Grant Levy – 0405 589 287
NewsMaven Contact: newsmaven.co email@example.com Shaon Diwakar – 0424 387 059
NewsMaven was founded by two seasoned software engineers, Herbert & Shaon – both of whom have been working together for over a decade. The idea to build NewsMaven was formed when the two grew tired of seeing great content lying dormant.
They saw the need to help users find great content as a challenge – therein creating NewsMaven.
NewsMaven is a recommendation engine, designed to help web & mobile publishers surface content that their readers really want to see.
NewsMaven believes in the gleam in the eye of reading something exciting and that time stops when you read something you enjoy. We believe that in a world full of distractions, quality matters.
The 360 Mall Contact: www.the360mall.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Danieli – 0409 778 862
The 360o Mall is an innovative online virtual shopping centre that will bring together the popular aspects of physical shopping with the ease and comfort of online shopping. The 360o Mall will be targeting a large market, which is showing exponential growth.
We help retailers solve the gap between online and bricks & mortar shopping using a virtual shopping platform with a 3D interface to simulate the look, touch, feel experience. Our mission is to revolutionise traditional online shopping.