Congratulations to business students Hannah Licciardo, Makoto Tanabe and Jordan Gifford who received the first prize in the Griffith Innovation Challenge held at COHORT recently.

Course Convenor, Associate Professor Naomi Birdthistle, Head of Department, Professor Rosemary Stockdale and Pro Vice Chancellor Business, Professor David Grant.

The Challenge is a 10 credit point course that gives students the tools and time to develop an idea for a new product, service or business model that has potential to make a real difference in the world.

The winning team’s idea ‘Envirofil’ was to create 3D printing filament made entirely from recycled plastic waste—a combination of sustainability and technology advancements. Their objective at Envirofil is to make a positive impact in the world and aid in the plastic clean up movement by creating an eco-effective and high-quality product. 

Hannah, Makoto and Jordan were awarded $8,500 in industry sponsorship to take their concept to the next stage. 

Congratulations also to the runner-up team Samuel Bruhn and Harrison Croaker who received $2,500 for their “Fishing Mate” concept, and finalist team Jessica Nguyen, Ben Lavery and Miranda Dune who received $1,500 for their “Re-Verse” concept.

Course Convenor, Associate Professor Naomi Birdthistle praised the finalists. 

“The three teams of finalists did Griffith proud!”

Student finalists were Makoto Tanabe, Hannah Licciardo,  Jordan Gifford, Jessica Nguyen, Ben Lavery and Miranda Dune, Samuel Bruhn and Harrison Croaker.

“All of them have developed ideas that are aligned with Griffith values and are trying to reduce single-use plastic going to landfill.”

“They all showed tenacity, resilience, passion and great team work.”

Head of Department, Professor Rosemary Stockdale said, “the event was an opportunity for industry and academics to come together to celebrate the achievements of the students. The quality of the pitches from each team was exceptionally high and all the students were well informed on the potential of their start ups and were very professional in their delivery of their ideas to the judges.”

“The judges were very impressed with the ideas the students presented.”

Over the 12 weeks the students have brought a concept to prototype with validated learning and concrete ‘next steps’.

Thanks to the support of Transit Australia Group, RedEye and COHOR, the winning team Envirofil will reap the benefits of being part of the Cohort ecosystem and having a prize fund that they can now use to bring the prototype to the next stage.

“I look forward to seeing the ideas of the next Griffith Innovation Challenge (2034IBA) in Trimester 1, 2020,” Professor Stockdale said.

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