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Congratulations Mike McDermott from Maker Space, Winner of Pitchfest at Pause Fest 2017!

February 9, 2017

Last updated on February 27, 2018

On Thursday 9th February, nine social enterprise ideas were pitched to a panel of business and social enterprise experts in front of a live audience as part of the Social Entrepreneurship Pitchfest @ Pause Fest 2017.

The pitchers were all start-up social entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas to create social impact and change. Their ideas covered a broad range of businesses, from a new event ticketing platform that uses booking fees to support charities, mobile technology that provides refugee women with access to reproductive healthcare information and designer underwear that supports men’s mental health with its profits.

“The pitches were all strong presenters and impressed the judging panel, with their energy and passion.  It was tough to choose a winner,” said Katie Wyatt, Senior Manager of Social Enterprise Development at Social Traders.

After much deliberation, the judges selected Mike McDermott from Maker Space as the winning pitch of the day. Mike will now receive two tickets to the Social Traders Masters Conference 2017 as well as a Q and A profile piece on their social enterprise that will be distributed to Social Traders social enterprise community.

“I’m over the moon to actually be a winner at this event, because I thought the other ideas were just fantastic.  What’s great about it is that it shows the thinking and testing I’ve been doing for the last couple of years is validated by others.  It’s given me confidence that the idea that I thought would be good for a few people can really grow into something bigger – a social enterprise,” said Mike McDermott from Maker Space

A range of social enterprise projects presented on the day also launched a StartSomeGood crowdfunding campaign to support the future development of their business. You can find out more about these social enterprise ideas and pledge your support at 

Check out some of the other social enterprise ideas presented at the Social Entrepreneurship Pitchfest at Pause Fest 2017:








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