Inaugural Shane Chidgzey Young Entrepreneurs Award

17 October 2018

A capacity crowd of investors, alumni, staff, students and a shark recently enjoyed 10 of The University of Queensland’s brightest startup companies as they pitched their businesses at The Precinct, Advance Queensland’s innovation hub in Brisbane. The startups have just concluded 3 months of intensive effort in customer discovery, product prototyping, business development, mentoring and pitch practice to graduate from the 12th cycle of the "Germinate" startup accelerator program run by The University of Queensland’s ilab. 

Michael Mersiades

Following his inspiring pitch, the winner on the night was Michael Mersiades, founder of Chatloop who received the inaugural $5,000 Young Entrepreneurs Prize personally from UQ Business School alumnus and donor, Mr Shane Chidgzey. Building a social enterprise while also completing a PhD in Applied Linguistics with School of Languages and Cultures is no easy task and Michael attributes his time at ilab in the success and rapid growth of his company. 


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To read more about Michael's story and what inspired him to create 'Chatloop', please click here.