Online Events Start-up Wins Major Rmit Business Prize

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Online events start-up wins major RMIT business prize


An online service that helps clubs and community groups organise events, manage

volunteers and raise funds has won RMIT University’s prestigious 2009 Business

Plan Competition, which helps turn student business dreams into reality.


The web-based business venture, ourevent.info, was awarded $30,000 in prizes at

a gala awards ceremony last night.


Team Leader Paul Monks, of Croydon, said it was amazing to see the business

start-up receive such high recognition from the many industry leaders who judged

the Business Plan Competition, which this year awarded a total of $98,000 in

prizes.


"It has been an intense and rewarding experience going through the competition”

Mr Monks said.


“We really appreciate all the support we received from the organisers, mentors and

judges. 


“Winning has invigorated our enthusiasm to implement our concept, enter the

market, survive and thrive."


The annual RMIT Business Plan Competition is open to all RMIT students

worldwide and encourages teams to create innovative businesses and ideas

through the development of competitive business plans. 


Ourevent.info was awarded the $25,000 RMIT University First Prize and also

received a $5,000 International Trade Award sponsored by the City of Melbourne.


RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said the

competition was a chance for students to creatively apply their ingenuity and

develop their business skills.


“The RMIT Business Plan Competition has supported student entrepreneurship for

nine years and is one of the largest of its kind in Australia,” Professor Gardner said.


“As well as the winning events start-up, fresh ideas from this year’s finalists

included innovative business concepts for a sustainable cake delivery venture, a

private high school in Vietnam and a design consultancy for green renovations.


“We warmly congratulate all the prize winners, finalists and entrants in the 2009

competition.”


The following RMIT student businesses were also winners in 2009:


Fuji Xerox Australia 2nd Prize ($10,000) Love Bites, a green and ethical start-

up that uses bicycles to deliver boutique Fair Trade cakes and treats to inner-city

cafes. Team Leader is Bella Tomasone, of Brunswick.


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Merchantlink 3rd Prize ($5,000) Hanoi Premier High School, a private

Vietnamese school providing a pathway for students wishing to gain entry into

international tertiary institutions. Team Leader is Nick Carrillo, of Hanoi.


The LiTMUS Environmental Sustainability Award ($10,000), Citipower and

Powercor Australia Energy Innovation Award ($5,000) and GrantReady Award

for Excellence ($5,000) Greenovate, a design consultancy offering advice and

solutions for green renovations and improving your home’s environmental

performance. Team Leader is Monique Brady, of Carlton.


City of Melbourne Creative Industries Award ($5,000) The KNO Project, an

innovative networking website that fosters collaborations by bringing together

emerging artists, designers and clients. Team Leader is Jonathon Kirk, of Carlton.


Portmans Fashion and Textiles Industry Prize ($5,000) Lydra, unique eco-

friendly clutch purses made in Melbourne from pre-loved fabrics, available in stores

and online (www.lydra.com.au). Team Leader is Linda Vydra, of Cheltenham.


All winning teams also share in $20,000 of professional legal services from Lewis

Holdway Lawyers.


For interviews: Team Leader, ourevent.info, Paul Monks, 0402 852 566.


For interviews with other Team Leaders and general media enquiries: 

RMIT University Communications, Gosia Kaszubska, (03) 9925 3176 or 0417

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