Three Otago Polytechnic information technology students have
won the supreme award in the Audacious student start-up
Karyn Costello, Hannah Carey and Stephen Sugrue last night
received a $10,000 prize for their start-up Student Support,
a mobile app that allowed students to access personalised
support services anywhere, anytime.
Handiconnect, which sells products handmade by Vietnamese
crafts people with disabilities and led by University of
Otago master's of entrepreneurship student Van Nguyen, won
the Doing Good category for social enterprises.
The Thinking Big category, for start-ups with huge ambition,
was won by Ecoplug. Keir Russell, another master's of
entrepreneurship student, and Joshua Urieli developed a
solution to minimise the ''ghost load'' of power usage by
items on stand-by or left on at the socket.
University students Sean Love and James O'Callaghan, of Fur
Retrieval, a possum eradication business, won the Doing It
Now category for start-ups already gaining momentum.
Flow Bot, a drinking bottle design that encouraged healthy
drinking habits in children, founded by university students
Sam Thorpe, Nick Barraclough, Yi Zhang and Charles Smart, won
the Getting Creative category for businesses with design as a
- A full profile on Student Support in tomorrow's ODT.