Flinders New Venture Institute’s (NVI) Venture Dorm program graduates released their innovative new startup concepts at last night’s eNVIes Awards, pitching to win from a record breaking total prize pool of over $100,000!
Finalists making their way onto the stage at Adelaide Town Hall included:
Post Dining – a creative production company that playfully merges food with music, art and performance to create immersive and memorable eating experiences. (Co-founders and Flinders University students, Hannah Rohrlach and Stephanie Daughtry) www.postdiningexperiments.wordpress.com
City ReCycle – this clean-tech company is reducing office buildings’ waste waste-to-landfill by up to 80%. (CEO and Founder, Josh Garratt) www.facebook.com/cityrecycle
The Word At Birth – uses specialised astrological techniques to create beautiful, unique poems describing a child’s predicted individual characteristics and attributes based on the date and time of birth. (CEO and Founder, David Cox) www.thewordatbirth.com.au
partbox – makes it easy for anyone to express their creativity through 3D engineering services. (CEO and Co-Founder, Colin Kelly) www.partbox.com.au
Flawless Clothing – for those who love the pursuit of perfection. Live life with Purpose / Drive / Attitude / Passion – Live Flawlessly. (CEO and Founder, Bronson Culpin-Lavers) www.flawlessclothing.com.au
Nailbreak – provides mobile, on-demand in office manicure and wellness services to help increase employee productivity and wellbeing. (CEO and Founder, Emily Hanna) www.nailbreak.com.au
Entrepreneurs in the 12-week Venture Dorm course receive weekly coaching sessions and intensive one on one mentoring to bring their ideas to life. They then go into the running to pitch at the eNVIes with the chance of winning a place (gold and silver category) on a transformative 10 day business study tour in the USA, that includes the South By South West (SXSW) technology festival in Austin, Texas, Silicon Valley and New York City, to take their new venture to the next level.
“A trip to the US, one of the most dynamic markets in the world, is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these entrepreneurs. Venture Dorm builds key personal enterprise skills for these entrepreneurs that are crucial to driving the economies of tomorrow. We want to give these passionate emerging founders the best chance at creating a startup with a viable business model able to create real value,” said NVI Director, Matt Salier.
The lucky winner of the Gold category, who took away the equivalent of $33,950 in prizes went to Nail Break. Silver category winner, who took away the equivalent of $19,900, was Partbox Systems. And, via a popular vote from VIPs at the event, People’s Choice was awarded to City ReCycle who took home the equivalent of $6,100. Winners and all graduates receive other marketing, legal, financial and other professional services, including a place at NVI’s dynamic eNVIsion Incubator.
“Venture Dorm is one of the NVI programs dedicated to connecting people. It is a great educational environment for people who want to learn how entrepreneurs build new ventures and then create one themselves – that is, taking or finding an idea, finding a viable business model which is scalable and repeatable, from scratch, in less than 12 weeks. It provides a hands-on, learner-centred, inquiry based, immersive and experiential process,” said Professor Colin Stirling, Vice Chancellor, Flinders University.
Deputy Lord Mayor, Mr Houssam Abiad led the night, along with key note speaker Annabel Digance, State Member for Elder and Chancellor Stephen Gerlach. Attendees include a VIP guest list that includes some of the biggest names in South Australian business.
Judges included Bert Verhoeven; Senior Lecturer in Innovation and Enterprise, New Venture Institute, Flinders University, Andrew Dunbar; Director, Office of Science, Technology and Research, Department of State Development, Sasha Baranikov; Co-Founder & Co-CEO Uniti Wireless, Emily Rich; Co-Founder / Director, Jemsoft, Matt Salier; Director, Director New Venture Institute, Flinders University.
Sponsors supporting the initiative include: Department of State Development, City of Onkaparinga, City of Adelaide, Newscorp, eNVIsion incubator, Flinders Innovation Centre, JoeyCrowd, Leap Sheep, Komms Haus, Newsmaker, Chiliad Consulting, BDO, Associate Prof Sandy Walker, Ethos Media, Motus Legal, Howard Vineyard.
Matt Salier, Director, New Venture Institute
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