Emerging innovators win scholarships to Ci2017

Innovators, innovation

Nine Australians have won the opportunity to present their innovative enterprises to elite business thinkers and leaders at Creative Innovation Asia Pacific 2017 asrecipients of the Ci2017 Innovation Leader Scholarships.

From a pool of outstanding applications across Australia nine emerging innovators and leaders were selected for their achievements as founders of a start-up commercial or social enterprise. The nine scholarship winners each receive a place at this year’s Creative Innovation 2017 giving them the opportunity to rub shoulders with key industry leaders, share and discuss their ideas and issues, and present their innovation ideas in a 60 second pitch on the main stage to renowned global innovators, futurists, scientists and leaders and event attendees.

Winners of the Innovation Leader Scholarships for Creative Innovation 2017 are:

Dr Andrew Clarke (Qld): Co-Founder of Innofy, an innovative intellectual property service provider that leverages Artificial Intelligence.

Solange Cunin (NSW): Founder & CEO of Cube Rider, which engages students in STEM through their own space mission to the International Space Station.

Zoe Edema (NSW): Co-Founder of Muralisto, a public art enterprise which creates works that address social, political, cultural and environmental issues.

Cy Gorman (Vic): Founder of Nurobodi, a forward-thinking therapy and augmentation start-up that seeks to bring about the enhancement of human awareness using sonic and electromagnetic spectrums.

Hunter Johnson (Vic): Founder of Man Cave, which is empowering a generation of boys and young men with the skills, courage and character to reach their greatest human potential.

Tahlia Mandie (Vic): Founder of Kakadu Plum Co, Australia’s native bush superfood company that exists to support the Australian Indigenous people and communities.

Joshua Ross (NSW): Co-Founder of Humanitix, a ticketing company distributing 100 per cent of all profits from booking fees to the charity of the event organiser’s choice.

Holley Somerville Knott (NSW): Founder of Tell Someone Who Cares, a social enterprise aiming to disrupt the palm oil industry.

Jackson Yin (Vic): Co-Founder of iBuild Building Solutions, a disruptor to the prefab building industry which cuts cost by 50 per cent compared to standard building practices and uses sustainable and reusable materials.

Creative Universe founder and Ci2017 Executive Producer, Tania de Jong AM, says the scholarship winners will be well received by event attendees for contributing innovative solutions in this age of acceleration.

“The theme for Ci2017 this year is Human Intelligence 2.0: Thriving in the Age of Acceleration and our scholarship winners have embraced innovative thinking and creativity to bring their fresh ideas, leadership and courage to a range of challenging issues,” Ms de Jong said. A number of previous Creative Innovation Global scholarship winners have found significant support, mentors and capital through the event to help them progress their enterprises.

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