On Tuesday (9 October) entré held their Annual Awards event to celebrate the year and announce the winners of the $85k Start Up Challenge.
Entré’s grand winner for 2017 is Zoe Haws with the venture Talk Town Ltd.
Talk Town Ltd. was founded to develop, release and promote Talk Town, a resource to help address the social difficulties experienced by many deaf children. Most deaf children go to their local mainstream schools, and many have trouble making friends. These social problems can lead to poor outcomes later in life. Talk Town is an online game specifically designed for deaf children. Talk Town utilises deaf children’s strengths to improve their self-advocacy and communication skills, engage with their hearing classmates, and fulfil their potentials. Talk Town Ltd. is well on its way to reaching these goals.
Zoe (pictured right) received a $5k Smudge Apps Development, $5k PWC Services and a $10k cash prize.
If you are interested to learn more about her story prior to the competition, click here.
The runner up is a venture that has been started by Isabelle Smith and Josie Milton called The Monthly Co.
The Monthly Co. is a social enterprise delivering organic tampons to your door through an online subscription service. With every order sent out, The Monthly Co. donates a box of tampons to disadvantage girls and women through their charitable partner Aviva. Their mission is to shake up the tampon industry in New Zealand as a collective of women supporting women.
For more information about this venture click here:
Isabelle and Josie won $5k Narrative Campaigns Services, $2.5k PWC Services and an $8k cash prize.
Entré encourages and supports innovation and entrepreneurship in students. For the past 13 years Entré has provided various opportunities for students where they can gain experience and develop their innovation skills. The biggest competition and opportunity to develop these skills is the annual $85k Start Up Challenge. Over a number of months, teams compete by taking a venture idea and turning it into a reality. It involves writing business plans, interacting with mentors and culminating in a dragons den-style pitch in order to win from a pool of $85k at the end.