Energy from Waste Pty Ltd., with members Lisa Chao, Philip Curran, Dr David Rutley, Brian OâNeil and Ted McMurchie, not only won first prize at an awardsâ dinner on Friday night, but also received the $10,000 Adelaide Airport Clean Tech Award and a trip to Austin Texas to compete in the Global Venture Labs Investment Competition â prizes totalling $52,218.
Energy from Wasteâs winning business plan outlines how it will design, construct, commission and operate biodiesel production plants at major waste processing companies that currently collect and dispose of grease-trap waste, eliminating their disposal costs and creating a new revenue stream.
Professor Noel Lindsay, ECIC Director, says Energy from Waste was awarded first prize because the team delivered a proficient business plan that could result in positive outcomes for both local businesses and the environment.
âThe Australian eChallenge is growing in popularity each year, with 35 highly creative and innovative teams competing in this yearâs competition,â Professor Lindsay says.
âEnergy from Waste was selected because the teamâs business plan is thorough and professional. The teamâs proposal clearly outlines an opportunity to reduce the cost of waste processing and decrease its impact on the environment.â
Further winners announced at the awardsâ night, which was held at the National Wine Centre, include:
- Flarum, an internet-based service aiming to connect people with common interests â winner of the second prize and the ECIC Commercialisation Encouragement Award (totalling $21,399);
- Florence Energy, with a proposal to recycle plastic using an efficient and environmentally-friendly method â winner of the third prize (totalling $7,359);
- Family Footprint, a secure place for storing familiesâ digital footprint â winner of the $6,750 Best Solutions International âDiamond in the Rough Prizeâ;
- Cinematick, an online platform to instantly connect consumers and cinemas â winner of the $5,000 Vroom Award;
The annual eChallenge, now in its 12th year, sees teams of up to six people (with at least one member being a South Australian tertiary student) develop a plan for a new, previously unfunded business concept.
The competition incorporates business and entrepreneurial workshops, team mentoring by industry professionals, networking opportunities and help in developing new business ideas.
For more information, visit www.adelaide.edu.au/echallenge.
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