Entrepreneurs pitch for prizes at New Venture Institute eNVIe awards

By / 23rd of June, 2014
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THE New Venture Institute at Flinders' (NVI) 10-week entrepreneurship program, Venture Dorm Autumn 2014, came to an end last Thursday at the eNVIe awards, where six entrepreneurs pitched their ideas to a judging panel.

Adelaide-based social reviewing network Revuudle, founded by Luke Larsen, won the Gold eNVIe award and a five thousand dollar prize.

The platform turns ordinary opinions expressed on to social media in to quantifiable data points by attaching a five star rating system.

“It will allow you to review things that have never been possible before. You could review not just the movie, but the cinema, the restaurant you went to before the movie, literally the specific dish you ate at the restaurant," says Larsen.

The Silver eNVIe was awarded to James Stewart and Samson Selladurai of 'Kick.it', a smartphone app that tracks smoking habits and assists in cutting down and quitting over time.

Floragram by Kate Klavins was given the People's Choice award. Floragram takes weekly online orders, trawls flower markets for the best flora, arranges them and delivers to around 190 suburbs for a flat rate each Thursday.

The judges were Anthony Francis, Managing Director of Flinders Partners; Andre Eikmeier, co-founder and CEO of Vinomofo; Darrin Johnson, General Manager, Adelaide Football Club; Matt Salier, Director of NVI; and Sarah Sullivan, Private Banker, Commonwealth Bank.

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Highlights of the first 12 months of the Flinders New Venture Institute include:

  • 20 student projects involving 161 students
  • Entrepreneurs in Conversation and New Venture Lab events for more than 1,300 people
  • 16 Innovation “Lightbulb” workshops
  • 43 Venture Dorm graduates, creating 22 micro businesses