Three alumni and a Returner found success at last week’s winners’ announcement at the entré $85K Start-up Challenge.

Runner-up to the grand winner was James Richardson (2012) who won $10,000 cash and $5,000 from PWC Financial Services for his business Sonder Leather. James also won the Best Pitch Award worth $5,000 in cash. Offering handcrafted, premium leather products for young professionals, Sonder Leather produces ranges of luxury belts and wallets with a focus on timeless design and functionality.

Clive Antony (2012-13) won two prizes with his business partners Meg Gerrard and Jess Langtry for their Mallu ethical clothing company. They won the Sustainability and Social Enterprise Award worth $2,500, and they are one of six winners of the Business Development Award valued at $3,100 in total. Mallu sources high quality fair trade and organic cotton tees from India, with snappy Kiwi designs. Mallu pays Indian farmers a fair price for the cotton, and the Kolkata factory where the Mallu tees are made employ women who were trapped in Kolkata’s sex trade.

Business partners Tom Mackintosh (2015) and Toby Baker (2015-16) also received a Business Development Award winning $5,600 value in prizes. Tom and Toby have established The Pegboard Company which handcrafts pegboards for bedrooms, living spaces or sheds.

Entré is a student-run company at UC, inspiring students to excel in the business world. The $85k Challenge is the biggest and most prestigious challenge that entré offers. Open to all UC and CPIT students, the $85k Challenge offers entrants the chance to develop key business and presentation skills whilst refining their idea into a viable business over the course of the year with the help of mentors and business connections.

Congratulations James, Clive, Tom and Toby – we’re proud of your success.

James Richardson 2016 Credit Samara Doole

James Richardson with his prizes for his business Sonder Leather. Photo credit; Samara Doole(2011-2012)

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