Innovation in a Crisis: Ryan Clancy and Kaitlyn Abrahall from Scarlet & Grace
During this time, we have seen many businesses adapt their model, offerings and clientele in order to remain operational and in demand. Ryan and Kaitlyn, from Scarlet & Grace, have done just this; having innovated their product range to include fragranced hand sanitisers.
“We have already pre-sold a large number of hand sanitisers to a new audience; and will be focussing our sales to doctors clinics, hospitals, trades, building companies and more. This new clientele have previously struggled to get supply, so having the opportunity to fill this need, whilst still supporting Australian, family-owned, businesses, is really important.”
While previously their focus has been on selling to wholesalers and stockists, they have made their products available to the end consumer, and the results have been astounding. As a result, they have sold more products online in the last 4 weeks than they have their last 18 months of business!
Read Ryan and Kaitlyn’s full story, and how they have decided to pivot and innovate at this time.
Innovation in a Crisis: with Laura Eddington & Little Bumble Reusable Food Wraps
Innovation in a Crisis: with Laura Eddington
Just 3 years ago, Laura Eddington began her business journey in response to the food wastage which was occurring in her home. After struggling to find a suitable beeswax food wrap to assist in maintaining the freshness of her produce, she put her studies to use and set about to develop her own.
It may be hard to imagine, but food wastage makes up for $10 billion dollars each year in Australia alone; which equates to approximately $1,200 annually per household.
“We have entered a time where food security is on the minds of many people. As we navigate a time of chaos and uncertainty, we still have mouths to feed, so keeping our food fresh and reducing wastage is of great importance.”
Little Bumble made some significant changes to their business after the first week of the government’s response to COVID-19. Given that a large percentage of their work was completed face-to-face with their customers, they have had to lean into technology and use it to their advantage through this time.
Read Laura’s full story, and how she has pivoted and innovated her business at this time!
Startup Gippsland: Innovation in a Crisis: Erin Lord from Aeromedical Solutions
Out of crisis can come opportunity; and this is something Erin Lord and Steve McLaren, co-founders of Aeromedical Solutions, are familiar with.
Their medical repatriation brokerage was born through their passion to help and care for underinsured or uninsured travellers.
“When people are faced with a crisis or emergency, there is a huge element of fear and concern, so a large part of our work, and our values in business, is built on the support we can give our clients and their loved ones. We like to think of ourselves as a bed-to-bed service!”
Just recently, Erin and Steve were involved in an extraction of New Zealand residents from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read their full story and how they have innovated and expanded their business throughout the current crisis on the Startup Gippsland blog
Startup Gippsland Programs – COVID-19 Update
We want to assure our stakeholders that Startup Gippsland will still run in 2020. There will likely be temporary changes to the way our program operates, but our organisation and our partners are resilient and are used to adapting to change. We are confident we can still deliver the full program in 2020. Learning how to use technology to scale your business, as well as learning to innovate and adapt to challenges are both key parts of the Startup Gippsland program, so the program will likely be more relevant than ever to help businesses and founders adapt to these challenging times.
Our response to COVID-19 has been developed through our interpretation of the most up-to-date advice from the Victorian Government, Federal Government and international health authorities (such as WHO and CDC), as well as based on responses shared for public use by other organisations working with startups and small businesses. As government advice changes, so will our response.
If you’re interested, you can view our company’s most recent policy here. We are making this publicly available for anyone to copy and share since we realise that many other organisations will need to create similar policies and may not have the resources to stay on top of the latest developments.
Steph Thoo & Elena Kelareva
*** This is a short version. For a full update, please visit: https://startupgippsland.com.au/covid-19-update/
Free online resources that can help you in your startup journey!
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MEET THE JUDGES – Startup Gippsland’s Pitch Showcase this Sat!
WE’RE THRILLED TO SHOWCASE THE JOURNEY AND SUCCESSES OF OUR FIRST STARTUP GIPPSLAND COHORT WITH YOU. OUR JUDGES ARE:
🔷Sarah Moran – Founder and CEO, Girl Geek Academy
🔶Colin Kinner – Founder and CEO, Startup Onramp
🔷Tim Weight – Executive Director, TAFE Gippsland
🔶Jordan Green – Founder and President, Melbourne Angels
🔷Loretta Willaton – Regional General Manager TELSTRA
🔶Nikolle Mauchline – Relationship Manager, Commonwealth Bank
🔷Dr Abdel K Halabi, Senior Lecturer, Federation University Australia
After the pitches, stay to mingle with likeminded entrepreneurs, mentors, startup experts, business leaders and government representatives from across the region.
It’s a night not to be missed!
Celebrate StartupGippsland’s startups at the Pitch Showcase on June 22nd!
Come and celebrate local startups at Startup Gippsland’s Pitch Showcase on June 22nd!