The Adelaide-based start-up Revuudle has taken the Gold eNVIe at Flinders New Venture Institute’s Venture Dorm Awards and Innovation Showcase (eNVIes).
Revuudle is an application which turns people’s opinions on social media into quantifiable data by letting them share reviews with a rating system.
“What would normally be meaningless sharing of experience becomes a data topic for review,” Revuudle founder Luke Larsen told startupsmart.
“Using the power of social networks you can scale that to people in your area and people with similar tastes to you,” he said.
“It will allow you to review things that have never been possible before. You could review not just the movie, but also the cinema, the restaurant you went to before the movie, and literally the specific dish you ate there.”
The silver eNVIe went to Kick it, an app to help smokers quit when they’re ready.
Kick it was set up by James Stewart and will developed over the next 10 months. It helps users record when they smoke, plus their mood at the time, so they have a logbook of their behaviour to help them quit. They can also invite friends to join in.
Floragram, which delivers flowers from local markets, was the People’s Choice winner. It was created by Kate Klavins while studing for a degree in Marketing at Flinders. Ms Klavins, who is 22, was the youngest of the three winners.
Each of the winners made a pitch on the night to a judging panel which included Vinomofo co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Andre Eikmeier, Adelaide Football Club General Manager Commercial and Community Projects Darrin Johnson and Commonwealth Bank private banker Sarah Sullivan.
Mr Eikmeier said he would be following their progress closely.
“The pitches themselves were polished, and most punched through,” he said.
NVI Director, Matt Salier, took the opportunity to launch another initiative at the glittering awards ceremony, which was also attended by South Australia’s Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation, Susan Close.
Mr Salier announced the launch of the NVI Incubation Space, which will enhance the institute’s significant support for South Australian entrepreneurs.
He said the Incubation Space was a place where entrepreneurs could innovate and ignite their enterprises.
“Whether new and emerging enterprises or established businesses looking to grow, the NVI Incubation Space is the place for you,” Mr Salier said.
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