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Young entrepreneur Alana Scott receives inaugural Edmund Hillary Fellowship

18 July 2017

Alana Scott, young entrepreneur and BMS alumna

Alana Scott (Bachelor of Management Studies, 2014), 26, is the youngest of six New Zealand entrepreneurs to receive a prestigious three-year Edmund Hillary Fellowship, due to start this October.

Alana was selected from more than 300 people who applied for the inaugural Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) programme. It has been set up to help visionary entrepreneurs find innovative solutions for global challenges that will make a positive impact.

In 2013, Alana was diagnosed with a serious health condition called Irritable Bowel Syndrome. She 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.

However, the diet is very 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 other five entrepreneurs chosen to take part in the EHF programme 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).

Some 24 international fellows have also been selected for the programme and will now apply for Global Impact Visas to come and live in New Zealand.

“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.

Each of the EHF entrepreneurs will get access to global resources, expertise and talent, as well as the EHF mentor and ambassador networks.

Most of the Fellows are entrepreneurs focused on developing and scaling new ventures, while around 20% are serious investors who have collective access to US$3.7 billion of venture capital. They are now looking to invest in high-potential New Zealand ventures.

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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