Tom Abraham and Melissa Fryer, students at Massey University, were selected as the 2019 winners for ecentre’s Grand Idea Competition. Their idea, Ewetube, was awarded the $1000 prize along with entry into ecentre Sprint Foundation programme as it showcased originality, sustainability and impact potential. Ewetube is a sustainable alternative to plastic plant pots.
ecentre’s Grand Idea competition was designed for Massey University students and faculty with the aim of providing support for entrepreneurs with ideas that can have a positive impact.
With nearing 50 applications, it was exciting to see the amount of quality ideas dedicated to helping solve real world issues. Highlighting issues of world hunger, mental health, foreign student initiatives and sustainability. “We were overwhelmed by the number and quality of concepts that were presented for this competition” - Jackie Young (CEO, ecentre)
The selected panel of judges had a difficult job selecting 5 finalists who went on to the Video interviews. The final selections were based on originality and innovation of the idea, feasibility of the idea, and the impact the idea will have on the target market/community.
Congratulations also to all of the finalists
Tom Abraham and Melissa Fryer (Ewetube) - WINNERS
Abraham Larsen (Hey. You're Doing Great.)
Baden Parr & Tyrel Glass (Eartag)
Olivia Leviton (ConnectioNZ)
Jessica Dibben (Project Harvest for Humanity)
All of the ideas had value and ecentre hopes that people continue to explore developing them further and validating their concepts. To that end ecentre is offering all entrants free access to an online entrepreneur development course that will help you take the next steps to achieve your ambition.