Think your small team does an amazing job?

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Think your small team does an amazing job?

Here's another chance to earn some acclaim for the work your small team performs.

Hosting and cloud provider Rackspace is again inviting digital or online startups to enter its Small Teams Big Impact competition for the chance to win a trip to Silicon Valley.

Small Teams Big Impact is open to registered businesses with no more than ten employees. Entries will be accepted up to 29 August.

Six entrants will be shortlisted to make a live pitch in Sydney on 11 September.

The main judging criteria are the scope of the innovation, its potential to change or disrupt an industry, and whether it will have a big impact on a large number of people or businesses.

The judges will be Robert Scoble (startup liaison officer, Rackspace), Ruslan Kogan (founder of online retailer Kogan), Mark Carnegie (founder of VC firm M.H. Carnegie & Co)
Benjamin Chong, partner at of investment firm Right Click Capital, general partner at Sydney Seed Fund, and co-director of The Founder Institute), and Chris Ridd (managing director for Australia at cloud accounting provider Xero).

The winner will receive a trophy, a return ticket from Australia to San Francisco plus four nights accommodation and a visit to Silicon Valley, and a video interview in Robert Scoble's recording studio. Last year's prize also included meetings with potential investors.

That was won by Ollo Mobile, developer of a 'cloudphone' that combines voice telephony with features such as fall and motion detection (eg, to raise an alarm if a frail person falls and cannot get back on their feet), route monitoring (eg, to warn if a child doesn't follow their usual route between home and school), and emergency conference calls.

Ollo is "currently not taking orders", and its web site gives no indication of when the device may reach the market.

"Being selected as the winner last year has given us an incredible launching pad in which to showcase just how innovative we are, and has opened up so many doors for us to give our business the best opportunity for success we could hope for," said Ollo CEO Hugh Geiger.

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