GreenBizCheck has been chosen as one of Australia's Top 50 start-ups at the 2012 StartupSmart Awards, coming in at number 31.

The 2012 StartupSmart Awards, sponsored by Pitcher Partners, celebrate Australia's most innovative and fastest growing start-ups. This year, the awards featured more than 160 entrants and shined a spotlight on the best ideas and new businesses in the country.

Australia's economy might be patchy, but the 50 companies that feature on the second annual StartupSmart Awards have enjoyed a brilliant year, with total revenue hitting $115.6 million, well ahead of last year's total of $88 million.

Once again, the awards feature an eclectic mix of companies, from retailers and recruiters through to tech businesses and a new group of social enterprises.

Looking at the list by industry, the retail sector and the property and business services sectors were heavily represented, with tech businesses also performing well.

The top 50 is full of start-ups that are breathing new life into old markets, such as You Pack Removals, which racked up $4.3 million revenue in its fourth year after introducing self-packing containers to the traditional removals process.

Elsewhere in the top 50, there is a business that allows bored office workers to play golf on a virtual course on their lunch breaks, a firm that's developing a world-first pair of alternative reality glasses and an innovative crowdfunding platform.

Scale is not the key objective of many of the businesses - they want to dominate a niche.

To read more about GreenBizCheck's journey click here.

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