New Zealand DEMO Asia 2012 Alpha Pitch Scholarship Startup Announcement


The BizSpark program gave startups in Asia Pacific an opportunity to be chosen to pitch at DEMO Asia 2012 in Singapore at the end of February.

The BizSpark New Zealand team would like to thank all the applicants, notably:



Avancert Limited

@TeamAvancert makes it easy and affordable for organizations of all sizes to undertake computer based assessment. Applications range from video recruitment right through to examinations for private pilot’s licenses. We have some of New Zealand’s largest organizations using the system, and running on Windows Azure.

Digital Retail Systems Ltd


Digital Retail’s Synaps solution is a powerful cloud-based business system that you can use to run your entire operation. The benefits of a having products synchronized across all channels and a central store of orders to be processed are huge. If you spend time updating products in multiple places or have to copy & paste details from one place to another, then you need to take a look at Synaps

Greenwood Online Ltd

Greenwood Online KeepCurrent product is a multi-tenanted booking, scheduling, job management, time recording, invoicing system that has broad market appeal for small to medium size businesses across many sectors.

IPSafe Ltd

Imagine New Zealand exporting the perfect model for technological creativity to the entire world; a world that has been at turmoil with regard to intellectual property protection since the inception of the internet. IPSafe has designed and developed a solution that will bring all relevant stakeholders on board to maximize innovation.



This startup was created at the Auckland Startup Weekend event last year. The solution converts voice to text, allowing customers to easily share and search through valuable voice recordings. The voice-to-text conversion of complex audio is done perfectly by a team of crowd-sourced expert transcribers, delivering vastly higher quality results than automated speech recognition, at a fraction of the cost of traditional transcription services. The smartphone application makes it easy, fast and affordable for our customers to record and transcribe meetings, interviews and dictation.

The chosen company from New Zealand will join 9 other BizSpark Startups from Asia Pacific to attend and deliver an Alpha Pitch on stage.

BizSpark provides its members with free software and Windows Azure access, exclusive access to events like DEMO Asia and BizSpark camps, as well as technical support, marketing visibility from Microsoft, and support through a select group of network partners. We also have several complimentary offers to BizSpark startups and partnerships with local business incubators who provide advice and support.


Thiago Almeida
Technology Evangelist
Microsoft New Zealand
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