2017 Semester 2 Winners

Hatch Prize

The Hatch Prize consists of two awards, given by our partners at The Sydney Innovation Hub (The University of Sydney Business School), presented to the strongest business innovations across their industry spaces. Winners receive $5,000 in venture funding and priority entry into the Innovation Hub’s HatchLab program. This semester, The Hatch Prize was awarded to Sponta and STEMCraft.

Sponta is a website for adventure lovers to meet like-minded people to get active with, as well as host and get paid for running their own activities.

STEMCraft is an educational program that aims to increase Australia’s competitiveness in coding and computer science by providing electronics and programming workshops to high school students.

Best Business Scalable in Asia

In cognisance of the Genesis program’s ties to the Asia Pacific region (see EDNA), the Best Business Scalable in Asia prize is awarded to the team that presents an innovative, cutting edge, unique business concept that has scalable potential in the Asia Pacific. The winner of this prize receives $5,000 seed funding (or to use towards travel expenses to conduct research in Asia), as well as six months virtual office membership at Servcorp, free mentoring and workshops with Brian Dorricott at Meteorical, and a chance to compete at the Mai Bangkok business challenge (Bangkok), HSBC/HKU Asia Pacific Business Case Competition (Hong Kong) or the Asia Entrepreneurship Awards (Tokyo).

This semester, the award was presented to RiseHarvest.

RiseHarvest is a social enterprise aimed at improving the livelihoods of underprivileged farmers, particularly in Southeast Asia, through the use of an affordable digital crop diagnosis app.

Best Social Innovation

The Best Social Innovation award is a new prize, presented to the team with the best solution for a social challenge or problem in the world. Winners receive a $3,000 kick start in seed funding, six months virtual office membership at Servcorp, a free workshop at Academy Xi, and a chance to compete at the Mai Bangkok business challenge (Bangkok), HSBC/HKU Asia Pacific Business Case Competition (Hong Kong) or the Asia Entrepreneurship Awards (Tokyo). The award was presented to ChemCrush this semester.

ChemCrush is a context-appropriate tool for the safe and efficient collection, storage and transport of smallholder farmers’ used pesticide containers.

Best Women Leaders

The Best Women Leader awards are presented to two outstanding female participants (stipulations: recipient must be a finalist or a winner, recipient must be the team leader, and recipient must pitch at the Final Pitch). These winners receive $1000 seed funding each, and additional mentoring and workshops with Academy Xi. This semester, these prizes were awarded to Linda Yu from ProPassion, and Chachanok Thachasongtham from Femindi.

ProPassion is a program that builds students’ emotional intelligence to be more self-aware in discovering their inner passion and capabilities.

Femindi is a female social app that combines online crowdsourcing and deal sharing with offline networking to give independent women the most-wanted and best-fit lifestyles.

EDNA Genesis Competition Winners

This semester, five winning teams from the Entrepreneurial Development Network Asia Genesis program joined the Final Pitch Night as part of their own prizes. This enabled the teams to receive further support, feedback, and awareness of their business concepts in an Australian market. These teams are Gresik Soul, Matur Suwon, The Time Coffee, Happy Bus, and KiwiKid.

Genesis Indonesia

Gresik Soul – Gresik Soul aims to promote, preserve and celebrate ancient Indonesian culture and morality through modern fashion.

Matur Suwon - Matur Suwon is an interactive program that adopts principles of gamification, in order to teach mathematics to Indonesian youth.

Genesis Vietnam

The Time Coffee - The Time Coffee is a unique concept that rewards the time savvy coffee consumer.

Happy Bus - Happy Bus is a mobile learning station that provides education to underprivileged children in rural Vietnamese regions.

KiwiKid - KiwiKid is a gaming app that provides awareness, knowledge and skills to help Vietnamese children protect themselves from harm.

2017 Semester 1 Winners

Social Innovation Hub Hatch Prize

These awards, given by our partners at The Sydney Social Innovation Hub (The University of Sydney Business School) are awarded to the strongest social innovations across their industry spaces, $5,000 and Servcorp Virtual Office space (valued at $2200). These prizes were awarded to Eat@Home and The Gateway.

Eat@Home is an online platform where everyone can find healthy, delicious and quality homemade food and unique eating experiences with locals who are passionate about cooking.

The Gateway is a social enterprise that aims to help homeless people become self-supporting citizens by providing a service to their community through a pub.

Best business scalable in Asia

For the team that present the most innovative, cutting edge, unique business idea that has scalable potential in the Asia Pacific, $2,000 seed funding, 2x return airfares and 3 nights’ accommodation to visit South East Asia for mentoring, and six months virtual office membership. This prize was awarded to Airbike.
Airbike is Sydney’s first station-less bike sharing platform that is designed to make inner city transport fast, convenient and healthy, providing users with a way to more efficiently reach their destination.

Best commercialisation of student research

Awarded to the team with the best idea for commercialising research and development undertaken at the University of Sydney, with $1,000 seed funding six months virtual office membership at Servcorp as well as a free workshop at Academy Xi. This prize was awarded to Seedling.

Seedling is a social venture app that uses gamification theory to encourage people to complete small environmental tasks each day.

Best women leaders

Awarded to two outstanding female participants (stipulations: recipient must be a finalist or a winner, recipient must be the team leader, and recipient must pitch at the Final Pitch); with $500 seed funding each and additional mentoring and workshops with Brian Dorricott at Meteorical. These prizes were awarded to Emily Sisson (Health Advisor founder and CEO) and Hasada Huang (Connect founder).