This Monday, (22/04) it was Earth Day! A day of reflection and appreciation for this hardworking planet. Our question is… do you think innovation in business can make a real impact on the health of our earth?
Between the businesses that go through our programs like the Professional Certificate and Venture Dorm, work from within our eNVIsion co-working incubator or have simply become part of the NVI community through our events or following along on our socials – we’re surrounded by innovators who are working hard to reduce the man-made footprint, live better and grow smarter as a population.
There’s Sivam and Jarrod of GoMicro in eNVIsion, who help farmers detect insects and disease on their crops with clip-on microscopes. At the moment, Louise is going through Venture Dorm with her reusable bonbon idea and online waste-free community. Last year, Dean was a finalist at the eNVIes with the energy-saving ecoVent and Matthew Stead of Ping Services just returned from the eNVI.US19 Startup Founders trip to the US and our mission to Hannover Messe in Berlin – representing his solution that detects damage on wind turbines.
There are so many other people and organisations doing huge things around repurposing waste, reducing our use of single plastics, encouraging more renewable sources of energy and thinking differently about our impact and how we can help rather than harm.
So, after being inspired by Earth Day 2019, we encourage you to take the time and effort to actively support the businesses around you that are making positive steps toward change, no matter the scale.
Is there an Australian business using innovation to heal the earth that we should know about? Reply to this email and let us know why!
The NVI team.
▶ Hear from our Professional Certificate grads about their time working through I4T.
Professional Certificate Innovation 4 Transformation builds your innovation capabilities and transforms the way you work forever. We spoke to three of our most recent graduates about what they thought of the program, facilitators and the learning experience and were really excited by what Alice, David and Ursula had to say about their 6 transformative weeks in I4T.
We’re now accepting applications for the next intake of the Professional Certificate: Innovation for Transformation. If you’d like more information, head to: nviflinders.com.au/i4t
Congratulations to all of our Australian Awards Indonesia participants for graduating from this year’s program. We were amazed by the variety and accomplishments of the group.
We celebrated the end of the group’s time here in Australia by hearing some of their pitches, and can’t wait to see what’s next for these bright minds – and for Indonesia and Australia.
We’ll have the full rundown on the experience ready for you to catch up on soon, but until then,enjoy one of our startup founder’s – Anugrah Nurrewa of Banopolis – recap HERE.
Meet: Adam Grocke, founder of RefiME, Australia’s first mortgage marketplace. Adam graduated Venture Dorm in 2017, delivering his pitch about startup RefiME to perfection and winning the Gold eNVIe! This gave him the life-changing opportunity to join eNVI.US18, NVI’s Startup Founder’s Mission to the entrepreneurial US. Adam’s time in Venture Dorm was a valuable part of his startup journey: “If anyone’s got the feeling of not knowing where to start, Venture Dorm helps them go from idea to validation, before spending any money.”
Since Venture Dorm: Adam and his team have worked extremely hard to develop the RefiME platform and are now gearing up for their first round of seed funding. The RefiME platform aims to provide the country’s lowest interest rates and simplify the home loan process. With the click of a button, you can switch your loan to any bank or lender, significantly reducing mortgage approval time. By using RefiME, you’ll be notified of any better deals as the algorithm scans offers 24/7. You can then accept the offer and switch vendors and, vendors can place private bids to entice you to switch to them.
Future: Just like Adam, we’re looking forward to seeing this platform launch and help everyday Australians secure the mortgage that will help them buy their dream home from a quick and easy platform.
If you’re interested in RefiME as a user or an investor, you can stay up to date on all the latest information and be the first notified of its upcoming launch date visiting the RefiME website.
The Sourdough Pre-Accelerator is nearly done, with participants getting ready to pitch for their Demo Day in Byron Bay.
If you’re not sure what the Sourdough Pre-Accelerator is, we’ve put together a blog to get you up to speed. Meet the startups and founders who are currently getting ready to graduate the program!
Women in Innovation | Leading South Australia
Join Michelle Perugini, Leila Henderson and Allison Nikula for a conversation on what’s next for women in innovation in SA, the challenges and the opportunities. Michelle and Allison were both on the eNVI.US19 Startup Founders mission to the US, and along with Leila, have incredible insights to share about the female founders journey.
6pm @ St.Pauls Creative Centre | Tickets HERE
FREE! Feed Your Brain | Becoming a B Corp with Freerange Future
Nick Crowther and his team at socially-geared agency Freerange Future are on a mission to help more companies get their B Corp certification, and make the world a better place! Here’s the perfect place to start if you want to find out more and start working through the process for your workplace.
1 – 2pm, May 10 @ NVI, Flinders at Tonsley FREE! Tickets HERE
Do you follow us on our socials?
We just added a few more to your feed. Following on from our announcement about Flinders NVI being the Entrepreneurship Facilitators for the Barossa – Yorke – Mid North region (more information on that here) we’ve set up two new social channels to keep you in the loop.
Follow eNVIsion Limestone Coast and eNVIsion BYMN on Facebook, for news, events and opportunities specific to each region.
We promise to keep it interesting and useful, so we can keep our communities in both areas thriving and growing their businesses.
Want more news from the NVI stratosphere?
- Congratulations to AURRIGO, whose recent achievements got them on Today Tonight. Roger and the team head up the Asia-Pacific branch of the autonomous cars, working from here at eNVIsion Tonsley. For an update on everything Aurrigo have been achieving and especially their work with aged-care facilities, watch the segment HERE.
- Mid-year entry is open for Flinders University. If you’re thinking about studying, now’s the time to make the decision, and the university has made it easier than ever. Find out more about the multiple pathways you can take by attending their mid-year entry workshop. More details HERE.
- It’s time to get your nominations in for InDaily’s 40 under 40! This is a fantastic initiative dedicated to finding the brightest future leaders and business stars in SA. We know we have a few nominations to get through – do you? Submit them HERE.
- Congratulations to the team behind SouthStart conference! Last week it was announced that the conference is BACK, bigger and poised to ignite some big ideas in our community, with some thanks to huge support from the State Government. We’re excited to be back too, with #Icebreaker19. But more on that later… In the meantime, join in on this seminar hosted by Zoho in partnership with SouthStart, to find out this platform can engage all of your business needs in one place. Sign up for the Adelaide date (May 29), HERE.
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