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Young entrepreneur Alana Scott receives inaugural Edmund Hillary Fellowship

18 July 2017

Waikato Management School alumna Alana Scott (Bachelor of Management Studies, 2014) is one of six New Zealand entrepreneurs selected to receive a prestigious new Edmund Hillary Fellowship.

Alana has been selected from more than 300 people who applied for the three-year Edmund Hillary Fellowship programme, which is being run in partnership with Immigration New Zealand.

The other five New Zealander entrepreneurs are: investor and business journalist Rod Oram, Samantha Jones (Little Yellow Bird), Kaye-Maree Dunn (Making Everything Achievable), Anne-Marie Brook (The Human Rights Measurement Initiative) and Chris Simcock (Impact Ventures Limited).

They all share a common purpose of helping New Zealand lead in innovation and entrepreneurship that can make a positive impact on the world.

The official beginning of the three-year Fellowship programme is October 15, 2017. Stay tuned.

The EHF programme is designed to provide a platform for visionary entrepreneurs living in New Zealand to tackle pressing global challenges and creative positive impacts. A further 24 international fellows have also been selected and will now apply for Global Impact Visas to take part in the programme.

“We are excited by the entrepreneurial capabilities and expertise such individuals will bring to New Zealand to help Kiwi companies continue to produce world-leading innovations,” says Yoseph Ayele, CEO of EHF.

“The strength of EHF is in the community we are creating. We can’t wait to bring together our inaugural cohort to meet each other and to introduce them to other key stakeholders in the New Zealand entrepreneurship community,” says Ayele.

“We created the Edmund Hillary Fellowship to bring together humankind’s creative potential and entrepreneurial spirit in New Zealand, to build innovative ventures for global impact. We think our inaugural cohort have a good chance at helping to achieve this vision.”

Ranging in age from 26 - 67, the inaugural Fellows collectively speak 18 different languages and have solid business/startup connections in 47 countries, representing new markets where they can help connect New Zealand entrepreneurs.

In 2013, Alana was diagnosed with a serious health condition called Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and decided to start her own blog to chart her journey of discovery with the low FODMAP diet, which helps more than 70% of IBS sufferers to manage their symptoms.

Unfortunately the diet is incredibly complex and restrictive, as people have to cut out foods such as wheat, dairy, fructose, onion, garlic and cauliflower, to name just a few.

"I understand how scary being put on the Low FODMAP diet is," says Alana. "So I created the blog 'A Little Bit Yummy' to provide delicious recipes and up-to-date resources to help people love their low FODMAP lives."

The inaugural cohort also includes six investors, who represent funds with collective access to NZ$5 billion of venture capital, including individuals who have backed world-class entrepreneurs. They are now looking to invest in high-potential New Zealand ventures, and help connect them with world-class talent.

The Edmund Hillary Foundation (EHF) aims to build a community of Fellows who are tackling global challenges and incubating new solutions in New Zealand. Together, they represent a microcosm of a successful innovation ecosystem, and each Fellow will play a unique role in helping the community thrive.

EHF hopes to facilitate meaningful connections, cross-disciplinary learning and peer-to-peer support, which will increase each Fellow's impact.

Most of the Fellows are entrepreneurs focused on developing and scaling new ventures, while around 20% are investors with deep experience of backing successful entrepreneurs. They represent funds with collective access to US$3.7 billion of venture capital.

Fellows get access to global resources, expertise and talent, as well as the Edmund Hillary Foundation Mentor and Ambassador networks.

The selection team said they were impressed by the calibre and diversity of applicants, whose commitment to their missions and creativity in building impactful ventures made selecting the inaugural cohort extremely difficult.

Applications are now open for the second cohort!

Are you a visionary entrepreneur or investor building solutions to global challenges? You can bring your vision to reality from New Zealand by joining the Edmund Hillary Fellowship community. See www.ehf.org for details and express interest here.

If you are interested in joining the EHF community, you can apply now to join the second cohort of Fellows. Applications are  now open and close on 1 October 2017.

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