Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 - Majoran

3 December 2014

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Second time’s the charm for Our Student Exchange in MEGA 2014

Our Student Exchange, an online platform to eliminate the administrative headache of student exchange programs, has won the Best Pitch at the MEGA 2014 awards held on Friday 21 November.

The win was particularly satisfying for second-time MEGA participant, Renee Buckley, who worked on someone else’s idea two years ago and walked away with little, before coming back to the program this year with her own concept.

“The MEGA program is such an excellent toolkit for unpacking and testing an idea and meeting connections who can help you take that next step to commercialising it. I love it and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to know where to go or who to speak to about their idea,” said Buckley.

BO$$ camp was another winner with Best Written Proposal. But before the MEGA program had even finished they’d moved beyond words and implemented their first prototype of a 2-day workshop for 15-18 year olds interested in entrepreneurship.

“MEGA is about taking action on your idea, so we didn’t just write a business plan, we went out and delivered our first workshop. The kids who came to our workshop loved it, and we’ve now got amazing feedback to work with in developing our first series of workshops which we will be taking nationally next year,” Sasha Dragovelic, BO$$ camp’s CEO said.

The MEGA program is a series of workshops run by Majoran, Adelaide’s tech coworking community, and with major sponsors the South Australian Government and News Corp Australia.

Over the years, participants and startups from MEGA have gone on to be accepted into New York’s TechStars program, ANZ Innovyz Start Accelerator Program. Other alumni company, ODD Games, has launched Monster Truck Destruction on the Apple Store and received over 10 million downloads.

Other outcomes from the program include new patents, angel investments and product trials. Participants have also secured employment interstate and overseas based on the skills and experiences from the MEGA program.

On 21 November 2014, seven teams took to the stage in front of national industry leaders and potential investors to pitch their enterprises.

All MEGA 2014 Graduating Teams:

Crowdheal – crowd-sourced knowledge for treating symptoms

Our Student Exchange  - software to reduce administration headache of organising student exchange programs

The Coworking Society – database of spaces available to location independent workers to work from and meet others

BO$$ camp – educational/inspirational 2 day program for 15-18 year olds to encourage entrepreneurship from an early age

Makes You Feel – audience feedback for online publishers

Noshie – delivering food and beverage experiences to your door

Dynamic Design – one app for all of your promotional cards

All 2014 Prizes:

  • SAFC & Majoran Peer Assessed Prize, $5,000 cash and 6 months co-working at Majoran: Shared equally by Crowdheal & The Coworking Society
  • Majoran Best Written Business Proposal, $1,000 cash: Bo$$camp
  • Newsmaker Prize, $ 1000 in-kind marketing & PR services: Makes You Feel
  • In-Business Best Pitch, $1000 cash, Trophy, In-Business Gold Network membership, $3,000 in-kind consulting services from Bluechilli: Our Student Exchange
  • News Corporation Australia Prize, $20,000 in-kind digital media and account manager: Crowdheal
  • Furio Best Growth Potential, $1,000 in-kind Furio services: Our Student Exchange

 

The MEGA program is a series of workshops run by Majoran, Adelaide’s tech coworking community, and with major sponsors the South Australian Government and News Corp Australia.

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Michael Reid 0403 912 960 [email protected]

 

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