The South Australian Hills Young Innovator of the Year iAward has been awarded to Adam Troyn, 25, founder of Kampus, a platform that connects businesses with local students.
At a time when the unemployment rate in South Australia is at a 14-year high, Kampus allows students to extend their practical knowledge into their chosen field and enhance their study experience simultaneously. Mr Troyn explains the importance of this connection for both students and industry professionals.
"The unemployment rate is even higher amongst young people and particularly graduates," Mr Troyn says. "Employers are increasingly looking for candidates with experience, and it is difficult for students to find opportunities in their field to gain the experience while they are studying. It is a catch-22: students need experience to get a job, but can’t get a job without experience. Kampus solves this problem."
Businesses and students can create a profile on Kampus, which is free for students to use. Businesses can then post an employment opportunity for as little as $30.
The iAwards recognise the achievements and innovation made in ICT and have been running for more than 20 years. The awards recognise ICT innovations which have the potential to impact the community. "I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I had won," Mr Troyn says. "It has been a long, rollercoaster journey with Kampus so far and to have recognition within the industry for what I have created is a great feeling."
Mr Troyn will be travelling to Melbourne in August to pitch Kampus at the National iAwards.
Kampus Pty Ltd
Kampus is an online student community platform which enables local businesses and organisations to source local students.
5 Peel street, Adelaide SA 5000