The Prospect Innovation Awards were announced at Palace Nova Prospect Cinemas on Thursday 25 June 2020.
The event was attended by Minister for Innovation and Skills Hon. David Pisoni, Member for Adelaide and Minister for Child Protection Hon. Rachel Sanderson, Mayor David O’Loughlin, Deputy Mayor Matt Larwood, Councillor Alison de Backer, City of Prospect CEO Nigel McBride, Chair of Prospect Business Leaders Marissa Schultze and a wide range of local innovators.
A judging panel of leading innovators, academics, business and entrepreneurs awarded four local applicants $12,500 in grants in three categories.
“The winners are all COVID busting projects developed by local people to bring the community together,” said Mayor David O’Loughlin.
“These projects will help the business and the community through this COVID-19 period.”
“The Business Continuity Planner is an innovative web-based application, to help business understand the time criticality and vulnerabilities of their business processes. Council gave $5000 to Enee Business Solutions who in turn will make their product available to Prospect business for three months. That is a great win for all.”
“The Innovation Awards are a visible element of Prospect continuing to develop its own innovation network. I hope this will provide a higher profile for Prospect businesses. Council will work with them to link them into the Lot Fourteen ecosystem where appropriate. In all, Council received 19 applications with considerable interest from the Prospect business community," said Deputy Mayor Matt Larwood, who chaired the judging panel.
“All the projects that we funded have a strong link to COVID-19 recovery. I am looking forward to their impact on the community. Council this week passed its 20/21 budget which will allow this award to continue in 2021”.
Four COVID-19 Smashing winners of the Prospect Innovation Awards
- Enee Solutions Christopher Sale
Category 1 Start Up Award $5,000
Business Continuity Planner
Eris Business Continuity Planner is an innovative web based application, designed to help small business to Enterprise & Government simply understand the time criticality and vulnerabilities of their business processes. The tool was built as a bespoke tool for SA Health. Enee will provide all businesses in the Prospect Council area 3 months free access to the tool to allow them to harness the benefits of the planner for the current COVID-19 related situation.
- The Physio Clinic Kate Brown and Ben Corso
Category 2 SME Award $4,000
Standing up for Hips and Knees
The Physio Clinic is a local Prospect health business operating since 2010. They have developed a program called Standing Up For Hips + Knees, a comprehensive package of pain education using the latest research, special exercises and weight management for osteoarthritis (OA) sufferers. The funding will go towards the development of online resources, necessary as we emerge from COVID-19.
- 1UP Digital Jason Chong
Category 2 SME Award $2,500
Prospect Road Trivia Crawl
The Prospect Road Trivia Crawl is a live, online trivia show that streams from a different Prospect hospitality or retail business each week. The aim is to reconnect those businesses with people in the Prospect area, creating opportunities to link up as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Blackfriars Priory School Henry Green (Teacher) & Sebastian Zajaczkowski (year 9 Student)
Category 3 Education Award $1,000
Back Yard Poultry
Chickens can see you through the longest lock down. Blackfriars Business Innovation Students will be embarking on a mission to set up a small business that sells eggs, chickens and chicken houses that are suitable for urban environment. The project provides an opportunity for the business students to put the theory they’ve been learning into practice.