Social Enterprise Kickstart Awards 2018

Our fourth annual Rotary Club of Wellington Akina Social Enterprise Kickstart Awards event was held on 29 October 2018 at the Wellington Club. 
Each of the four finalists showcased a 3 minute video followed by a 3 minute personal pitch to present their organisation and outline how they met the judging criteria of:

  • Clarity of business model
  • Quality of the team
  • Clear impact to improve social wellbeing
  • Clear benefit for the use of prize money

Nicola Nation from the Ākina Foundation introduced the four amazing finalists for this years awards

  1. Wā Collective – Ollie Body
    Wā Collective promote and provide Wā Cups, a small reusable medical grade silicone menstrual cup which is worn internally.  Every cup sold subsidises one for a student in need, stopping period poverty from affecting education in Aotearoa.  They’re ethically made and eliminate the land fill impact of menstrual products. Promoted with passion, humour and clever plays on words.
  2. Spirit and Soul - Jaskiran Kaur Rahi
    Jaskiran presents as a young woman well above her 12 years. As an 11 year old she looked around her robotics class and realised she was the only girl. That spurred her on to found her social enterprise Spirit and Soul, in an effort to empower young girls. More information here.
  3. Good Travel – Eliza Raymond
    GOOD Travel promotes travel that has a positive impact on the community, environment, and economy. Its vision is to change the face and experience of world travel, and ultimately create a better world.
  4. Common Unity – Julie Milne
    Unity Kitchen an off-grid, community kitchen has been launched in the Hutt Valley. It provides low-cost, wholesome meals “mai te ihi o te rā” – powered by the sun, using locally grown produce from the urban kai farms. For every meal purchased, another is gifted to local school children, ensuring that all children have equal access to delicious and nourishing food.   At the weekend it is available for community groups to use.

The winner of the $7,000 first prize was Wā Collective, and the runner up , who receives a prize of $3,000 was Common Unity. Congratulations to the winners and all the finalists.

Fourth Annual Social Enterprise Kickstart Awards

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