Awesome Newcastle to host anniversary event

Awesome Newcastle to host anniversary event

This month Awesome Newcastle is celebrating its first anniversary at a special public event.

A local organisation, Awesome Newcastle donates $1,000 cash each month to awesome business ideas and community projects in Newcastle. The money comes from nine permanent board members and one monthly guest board member.

To mark the anniversary, the general public will also get the opportunity to donate their own cash to the ‘sack-of-cash’ grant on the night as well as featuring Bondi Vet Dr Chris Brown as the guest board member.

For the event, the Awesome Newcastle board has selected three past winners to pitch for the extra big sack of cash. The All-Stars are Kim Oakhill from Helpful Love, Joel Pilgrim from OneWave and Kate O’Donoghue from Frontline Yoga.

There also will be a premiere of a short film on Awesome Newcastle, produced by chapter custodians, The Village of Useful and Academy Award-nominated director, Steve Pasvolsky.

Local food truck Bao Brothers will be on-hand and both Murray’s Brewery and Wine Selectors have donated drinks for the evening.

Dean of Awesome Newcastle, Andy Howard, says the anniversary event will allow the finalists to secure additional ‘no-strings-attached’ funding. Each finalist has been picked from the past 11 winners, as voted by the Awesome Newcastle board.

“This is an opportunity for all-stars to pitch and share what another, bigger, cash grant would mean to them,” Andy said.

“Our pitch parties are fun – it’s like Shark Tank with more back slaps and good vibes. We’ve opened up this special event to dozens of guests to share in the awesome and see what it’s about.”

Awesome Newcastle was founded to help the artists, creators, ideas people and change-makers of Newcastle by funding small business ideas and community projects.

In its first year, Awesome Newcastle awarded 11 no-strings-attached grants of $1,000 cash to monthly winners.

Board members include Shivani Gupta, entrepreneur and businessowner, Joel Goodsir of Inspiration Paint, Lois Donaldson of Wine Selectors and Adam Lance and Andy Howard of The Village of Useful.

Awesome Newcastle is a local chapter of the global Awesome Foundation, which was started by MIT and Harvard students frustrated by the red tape of traditional funding. The global foundation has given a total of $2,240,000 to 2,240 projects across 26 countries.

The event will be held on Thursday, 27 October 2016.

Awesome Newcastle

Awesome Newcastle provides no-strings-attached cash grants to individuals and organisations in the Newcastle region. Applications are open 24/7/365.

From February to November, three finalists are selected to present to the board at a ‘shark tank’ style pitch night on the first Wednesday of each month. Winners are determined by board member votes and the cash awarded to the winner – no strings attached.

The Newcastle chapter consists of seven full-time board members and three monthly guest board members. Anyone is welcome to apply to pitch their ideas by heading to the Awesome Newcastle website.

Trending Articles

Advertise with us

Affordable and engaging advertising to a business community

Submit an article

Tell your story to the Hunter business community

Does your business need a little help with its marketing?

Marketing strategies

This website uses cookies
We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners who may combine it with other information that you’ve provided to them or that they’ve collected from your use of their services.