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Alumni Grant 2017

Introducing the Finalists Of The Laureate Australia Alumni Grant 2017

Laureate judges have been busy assessing all of the outstanding applications that were submitted by our various alumni for the #LaureateANZAlumniGrant.

It has been fantastic to see our alumni take the Laureate passion to be ‘Here for Good’ and translate it into innovative, entrepreneurial ideas with social good at their very heart.

The following four finalists will each be awarded $2,000 and also have the opportunity to vie for a further $8,000 at the ‘Pitch Perfect’ event on November 7 (watch the event live on the Torrens University Facebook page from 3pm AEDT!). The recipient of the $8,000 will be named the overall 2017 Laureate Australia Alumni Grant Entrepreneur.

A big thank you to everyone who took the time to apply. It was always going to be a tough decision, but we are excited to announce that the four finalists are…

Cedar Purchase alumni grant finalist

Cedar Purchase graduated with a Bachelor of Branded Fashion Design from the Billy Blue College of Design, Brisbane, in 2016. She found working in the fast fashion industry with cheap materials and poor production quality left her uninspired and concerned about the impact the industry has on the environment and workers along the supply chain. She struggled with her values and ethics not aligning with the “destructive modern day fashion industry”.

She soon found her passion and started her own womenswear label with hand-dyed certified organic cotton intimates. She is now looking to expand her designs with social and environmental awareness. “Through equality, fair trade, Certified Organic products, hand dyeing, local manufacturing and education, I believe that my small changes now

Watch Cedar’s video submission.

Jodie Hay_alumni finalist

Jodie Hay is a graduate of APM College of Business and Communication at Torrens University. From her home in the Blue Mountains she is developing a small family business from a love of toy craftsmanship and a passion for sustainability. She is creating collections of toys, puzzles and games designed to engage children in imaginative, constructive, structured, exploratory and expressive play.

Her proposal for a subscription service with monthly toybox swaps will see ‘The Toybox Company’ bringing carefully selected toys right to the customer door and “provide robust toys made with minimal ecological impact, produced from sustainable materials and made by locally owned companies wherever possible,” Jodie said.

Watch Jodie’s video submission.


Jessica Paynter_alumni finalist

Jessica Paynter graduated from the Australasian College of Natural Therapies with an Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Medicine in 2016. Her area of speciality is mental health and wellbeing of mothers and how the nutritional health of a mother has a ripple effect on her extended family.

With a focus on continuity of care, she is hoping to connect groups of mothers who are at risk of admission to, or those recently discharged from a psychiatric ward. The group would come together on a weekly basis to cook healthy meals and discuss nutritional values of ingredients for meals at home. “The group becomes a support group…providing powerful role modelling for their children as they being to integrate back into society,” Jessica said.

Watch Jessica’s video submission.


Linda Davis_alumni finalist

Linda Davis has a Diploma of Counselling from the Jansen Newman Institute and was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for Vocational Training. This award acknowledged her role in becoming a Trainer to deliver the First Touch Program supporting early connections and health attachment between mothers and babies of trauma.

She was inspired by this program and how it could be translated to Uganda where she had worked with local staff at pregnancy care and crisis centres designed for girls 10-16 who were often victims of rape and sexual assault. The grant funding will help her bring two local workers to Sydney. “This will lead to their qualification to deliver the First Touch Program in their own communities and they will also be able to provide essential support to me (cultural awareness, translations) when I return to Uganda to train additional health workers,” Linda said.

Watch Linda’s video submission.



The four finalists will receive mentoring support to help prepare them for their pitch to our executive judging panel in Sydney on Tuesday 7 November.

We’ll be streaming the event live from the Torrens University Facebook page from 3pm AEDT, or Laureate staff and students are invited to attend the event at the Rocks Campus. Register your interest here.

The overall 2017 Laureate Australia Alumni Grant Entrepreneur will be announced at a Finalists’ Dinner at William Blue Dining later that evening.

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