GO Innovate 2019, the business idea competition for Massey University students, has found a winner for the Auckland campus. The judges, Jeff Stangl and Natalia D'Souza from Massey University and Jackie Young from ecentre were unanimous in selecting a winner.
This award follows several workshops run by ecentre to help entrants to develop their idea, build a business model and prepare a pitch. All five finalists were also offered the ecentre Starting Blocks programme, a two day intensive course to help students to rapidly define and validate their business idea.
“It’s great to see students coming back to compete in Go Innovate! Each time they participate, they raise the bar with their ideas and presentation skills.” - Jackie Young, CEO, ecentre.
This year’s GO Innovate 2019 award went to Dairy Free As - a delicious dairy-free, gluten free Coconut Yoghurt Mousse. Dairy Free As were rewarded for their efforts with a $3000 cash prize plus additional help from the ecentre to continue to bring their idea to life.
Shu Sin Chong said, “it is super exciting to win Go Innovate Finals 2019, this has further motivated us to improve the Coconut Yoghurt Mousse.”
“I would like to thank Ecentre, Massey lecturers and MUSE for the continuous support and guidance that had helped my team (Florencia Ravasio, Foo Yuen Chong and I) to get to where we are today.”
Taking the runner up and people’s choice award was ProTags - who've developed an IoT tag for monitoring the activity of cows on the farm to identify injuries and illnesses.
Jackie Young, CEO, ecentre says “By taking part in competitions like Go Innovate, students differentiate themselves as they build transferable skills that will serve them well in their chosen careers.”
If you have an idea that needs developing then its time to start thinking about getting some help from ecentre and preparing yourself for the GO Innovate 2020 competition.
Find out more here https://www.ecentre.org.nz/goinnovate.