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Entrepreneur wins $30,000 women’s kickstarter prize for innovative food waste solution

The winner of the Accelerator for Enterprising Women Kickstarter Challenge has been announced at Parliament House in Canberra yesterday after the five finalists pitched their business ideas in front of the judges.

A very big congratulations to Alexandra C. founder of Platform Zero, helping supermarkets and their supply chain turn fresh produce food waste into revenue.

Congratulations also to the other finalists Danielle Arrebola, Employi; Desiree D., Acegirl Innovation Lab; Liz Lea, ShowGO; and Esther Oh, Agili8.

The Kickstarter Challenge aims to support Aussie women to create self-made career paths, pursue entrepreneurship as a career choice and master the skills required to run their own businesses.

COSBOA CEO Luke Achterstraat said COSBOA wanted to ensure anyone who wanted a future in entrepreneurship could create that career path.


“Australia’s entrepreneurial spirit has been behind some of the world’s most valuable and transformative ideas and we know there are so many more to come,” Mr Achterstraat said.

The four runners-up each take home $7,500 to put toward their following startups:

  1. Desiree D’Cruz’s Acegirl: Soft, wearable breast pumps (Women’s economic equality)
  2. Esther Oh’s Agili8: Virtual healthcare using XRAI vision (Health, wellbeing and care)
  3. Liz Lea’s Showgo: Audio description service and app for theatre, dance, museums and film (STEM and technology)
  4. Danielle Arrebola’s Employi: A mobile dashboard to recognise employees and boost morale (Popular vote)


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