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Announcing 6 teams for Low Carbon Challenge 2017!

Wow! The selection process has been incredibly tough.

We have had a record number of applications for the Low Carbon Challenge 2017 and could have filled the program 6x over. It’s been awesome to see entries come in from across the Wellington region.

We are happy to announce the 6 teams to join the program (in no particular order) are;

  1. Jack Candlish with Organic Dynamic, a Wellington based surfboard company making waves with their unique recycled polystyrene and NZ timber boards.
  2. Matt Lamason, the original founder of People’s Coffee is back with a team to drive a idea to create Biodiesel locally.
  3. Marie Larking and her team with Wā Collective, a Wellington based social enterprise that provides a solution to period waste, period poverty and the period taboo. Period.
  4. Richard Moore and the team at Poly Palace have built a strong local business, that will be expanding to use new and recycled products to combine an 'Earthship' approach with a Tiny House.
  5. Jemma Buckland and team are launching an ambitious Zero Waste common space and co-op hub, which focuses on the reduction of waste through providing alternative options, education, and building communities
  6. Bev Walter and the Gurgl team are Wellington software developers who are building a solution to turn old children’s clothes into a thriving second hand marketplace that diverts waste, builds community and creates incomes.

Our selection panel who had the hard task of narrowing down the entries consisted of great brains from across sectors, including early stage startup, climate impact research, crowdfunding, business strategy and city civics.

A big thanks to our panel for lending their time to help us select the teams this year.

  • Anna Guenther (PledgeMe)
  • Tom Pettit (Wellington City Council)
  • Dave (Vapour consulting)
  • James Bushell (MOTIF)
  • Silvia Zuur (EXP)

The panel were looking for a diverse group of projects and teams in the position to grow their impact with the offerings of this program. They looked at a large variety of aspects including;

  • The stage of the idea
  • Validation to date
  • Financial and business model
  • Crowdfunding vision
  • The team
  • Diversity (in impact areas, gender, as well as commercial and community projects).

The three main reasons for applications not making the final 6 (keep in mind we could have filled the program six times over so the selection process was a challenge this year!)

  1. Project too early stage and needing some more validation.
  2. Project was not low carbon related enough or the carbon impact unclear.
  3. Team Leaders had limited capacity to engage in the program fully.

Stay tuned on the blog to learn more about these incredible projects as they progress through the challenge and ready their crowdfunding campaigns for November.

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