Lexus Australia and Mark Bouris' Mentored program are delighted to announce that four promising Australian businesspeople have each been granted $25,000 as part of the inaugural Lexus and Mentored Grant program - an initiative developed to help up-and-coming entrepreneurs take control of their journey in the wake of the current climate.
The four entrepreneurs represent four out of the six states across the country and present varied approaches to improving life in the future. Each talented applicant applied for the grant alongside hundreds of other interested parties, all the while weathering a nationwide lockdown. After a competitive tender process, a video business pitch, and a spirited debate between judging panellists, the following four innovators were awarded grants via a virtual 'Pitch Night' aired across LinkedIn and Mentored.com.au last night:
Claire Orange (WA) - a driven educator and therapist preparing to use advanced technology to help track, aid and reduce the number of childhood suicide cases across Australia and beyond.
Sam Fricker (ACT) - a young and thriving 18-year-old innovator who believes in the future of natural, environmentally friendly wheat straws.
Mark Yates (VIC) - an experienced technological creator who wants to make a difference in the world of reusable plastics.
Toby Dankbaar and Carlos Ojeda (NSW) - ambitious, forward thinkers with big ideas to help educate and build community spirit with eco-friendly laundry services.