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Jul 22, 2021

Congratulations to all the 2021 Alumni Award winners!

We celebrated the success of our YES Alumni at the 2021 Alumni Awards. Read all about the winners.

Alumni Awards winners

'ONE TO WATCH'

Meghshyam Prakash

Meghshyam Prakash, Founder and CEO of Haast Law. While completing his degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland, Meghshyam founded Haast Law with the intention to create better legal kiwis through legal literacy.

 

COMMUNITY LEADER

Michelle Prasad

Michelle Prasad Founder of the Good Start Foundation. The Good Start Foundation aims to help students strive to serve their community in and out of school while maintaining their academic potential and success. Within 2 weeks the foundation garnered interested and received offers of funding to help make Michelle’s idea a reality.

 

CULTURAL LEADER

PRESENTED BY TOP ENERGY

Ezekiel Raui

Ezekiel Raui, Founder and Director of Taharangi Consulting. Ezekiel has been heavily involved in multiple initiatives, including working closely with Mike King on the I Am Hope project, Lance O’Sullivan’s Moko Foundation and his own TūKotahi programme and now consults on Social Innovation and wellbeing in the workplace.

 

CONTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR

Anna Campbell

Anna Campbell, Group Marketing Manager for Cooke Howlison. With a masters in Entrepreneurship from the University of Otago Anna has volunteered and worked with many local start-ups. In 2016 she was awarded a trip to Germany as a delegate at the World Business Dialogue.

 

START-UP OF THE YEAR

PRESENTED NZ GROWTH CAPITAL PARTNERS

EcoBase

EcoBase was founded with the vision to challenge the cosmetic industry and have created EcoBalm – a locally sourced, natural, and sustainably packaged alternative to the common lip balm. While participating in YES 2020, Ecobase had huge success selling over 2,600 units and securing 19 stockists.

 

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI

PRESENTED BY FLETCHER TRUST

Glenn Bull

Glenn Bull Founder and CEO of Skilitics. Skilitics is an e-learning company creating cutting-edge training tools and platforms for large scale organisations across the globe. Glenn is one of four recognised e-learning “experts’ internationally and has been at the forefront of the corporate training sector since 1998.

 

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

Emily Blythe

Emily Blythe, Founder and CEO of Pyper Vision. PyperVision tackles fog dispersal at airports to protect fog related disruptions through a dispersal system designed for live aerodromes. The PyperVision system can dissipate fog and maintain visibility for over two hours.

 

SUPREME ALUMNI OF THE YEAR

Ezekiel Raui

Ezekiel has been a champion for mental health and wellbeing since 2013. . His dedication and leadership with the space has seen Ezekiel meet the Obama Family at the White, receive the Queen's Young Leader Award at Buckingham Palace and be named on Forbes 30 under 30 all by the age of 23.