We have some excellent news!
Last night, I had the great privilege to participate in the Deloitte Social Innovation Pitching Competition in Launceston. Four teams were selected to pitch an idea with a social innovation focus, with the winner being awarded $4,000 worth of in-kind support from the team at Deloitte.
The four pitches on the night were fantastic. Of course, I talked about the Innovation Circle, but there was also a pitch from Richard Tubb about Halos (a social currency for change), the Reactivate Launceston crew about their Bye Buy project (and a plan to create a Buy Bye Bus), and Kevin Turner from Regional Development Australia, who talked about using government policy to help customers, rather than help businesses.
If you'd like to have a look at my slides from the night, you can check them out on SlideShare below.
It was a great honour to be a part of such an incredible field of speakers and it was also fantastic to see so many wonderful ideas coming out of the north of Tasmania.
I'm also extremely pleased to say that on the night itself, it was the Innovation Circle who won the pitching event! Not only did we win the $4,000 worth of in-kind support from Deloitte, but we were also given some fancy Deloitte swag.
Myself and the rest of the Innovation Circle team are really excited about what this award might mean for the future of the Innovation Circle and the work we've been doing at the Battery Shed. We've been gearing up to apply for a grant or two in early 2015 to try and get some new equipment and enhance our ability to run school programs and we're hopeful that with Deloitte on our side, our chances of success are much greater.
All in all though, it was fantastic to be involved in the Deloitte Social Innovation pitching event and it was a great honour to share the stage with so many fantastic local initiatives.
It's been a good day!
Take care everyone,