Social Health Innovations today received a nod from the 2015 Talent Unleashed awards.
The global awards, driven by recruitment powerhouse Talent International spans across five categories, including:
- Best Tech IPO/Venture Capital Raising
- Best Digital Business (SME)
- Most Disruptive CIO/CTO
- Best Start Up Community or Social Impact
- Best Start Up Environmental Impact
Social Health Innovations has been shortlisted in the Best Startup Community or Social Impact category. This category recognises the inspirational work of people who are using technology to confront the world’s most difficult problems.
Richard Earl, Founder and Managing Director of Talent says:
"The technology sector is driven by many fantastic, yet unheralded individuals and organisations who are inventive, inspirational, and passionate about making a difference. Our intention and purpose is to champion these people across the globe. This is a call to action! A movement. We’re saying: stand up, be bold, be courageous, be transformative.."
The esteemed judging panel include:
Sir Richard Branson
Sir Richard Branson is the founder of Virgin Group. At just 16 Sir Richard founded his first business a magazine called Student. A mail-order record business followed, leading to a chain of record stores which later became the world famous Virgin Megastores. The Virgin brand grew rapidly in the 1980s with the creation of Virgin Atlantic, alongside expansion of the Virgin Records music label. Since 1999 he has developed a number of mobile phone businesses around the world, two successful airlines in Australia and America and a world leading health club chain Virgin Active. Branson is currently focused on Virgin Galactic, a ground breaking commercial spaceflight company which will launch space flights for a new market of ‘space tourists’.
A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry. Wozniak is Chief Scientist at Primary Data and is a published author with the release of his New York Times best selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon by Norton Publishing. His television appearances include reality shows Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and The Big Bang Theory. In 2014, he was awarded the Hoover Medal, a prestigious honor given for “outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity,” and was inducted into the IndustryWeek Manufacturing Hall of Fame.
Dan is the founder of International Volunteer HQ, the world’s leading volunteer travel company. A young, disruptive entrepreneur with a global mind-set, Dan is the prototype of what the next generation of entrepreneurs will aspire to. Established in 30 countries IVHQ is the world’s leading volunteer travel company, providing responsible, affordable volunteer programs in countries including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal, Peru, China, Morocco, Bali and Madagascar. IVHQ is having a positive social and economic impact on communities around the world and changing the lives of millions with over 50,000 volunteers having dedicated more than four million hours of community service in areas of Teaching, Childcare, Community Development, Medical, Construction and Wildlife Conservation. In recognition of his achievements, and the impact of IVHQ, Dan has received numerous awards including the 2014 Ernst Young New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year.
Clifford Rosenberg has a distinguished 20-year career in the digital space, both as an entrepreneur and executive. He is the Managing Director for LinkedIn South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 380m members around the globe of which over 7m are in Australia. In this role, Cliff’s focus is driving awareness and uptake of LinkedIn’s products, including recruitment, marketing and sales solutions. Since January 2010, Cliff has set up offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, growing the local team to more than 240 staff, including sales, marketing and public relations personnel. He is also a Non Executive Director of ASX listed Nearmap (NEA) – a company specialising in the generation and sale of high quality maps for use by a broad range of businesses and Non Executive Director of Pureprofile – a leading market research, panel provision and customer database management company.
Born in Singapore, Patrick Y-Kin Grove founded Catcha Group, an investment group controlling media, new media and e-commerce companies in emerging markets, in 1999. His expertise includes mergers and acquisitions and extraction of investment value in high growth, media and technology environments, and he has developed a number of significant media and internet businesses across Asia, taking four from startup to IPO. These portfolio businesses are worth in excess of $1 billion. Grove has been independently recognised with numerous international awards, including New Asian Leader by the World Economic Forum (2003) and by the Australian Chamber of Commerce, Singapore as Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2004.
A serial technology entrepreneur based in Hong Kong, Yat Siu is founder and CEO of Outblaze, a conglomerate specializing in gaming, cloud technology, and smartphone/tablet software. In 2009 Yat sold Outblaze’s messaging division to IBM, which used it to set up IBM’s LotusLive iNotes to deliver business-class email services to SMEs. The transaction resulted in the establishment of the first cloud lab in Hong Kong by a major multinational technology company. After the sale of assets to IBM, Yat focused Outblaze on B2C digital entertainment products and services. Yat is a director for TurnOut Ventures, a partnership between Outblaze and Turner Entertainment, as well as co-founder of Animoca, a major developer and publisher of smartphone games, and of Animoca Brands, a spinoff focusing on branded mobile games that is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. In 2012 he set up ThinkBlaze, the research arm of Outblaze dedicated to investigating socially meaningful issues in technology. Yat has earned numerous accolades including Global Leader of Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum, and Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the DHL/SCMP Awards. He is a supporter of various NGOs and serves on the board of directors for the Asian Youth Orchestra.
Jane is a passionate campaigner with a global reputation for inspiring individuals and organisations to work together for positive social change. To date Jane has founded five charities, all of which are flourishing today. Jane is well known for her lateral thinking and creative initiatives including Comic Relief in the UK, better known as Red Nose Day which recently raised its billionth dollar, best-selling books including Dying to Know – bringing death to life and most recently jewelry made out of recycled landmines encouraging people to realize things are not always as they seem. She is currently the Founder and Director of Igniting Change (formerly Pilotlight Australia), a purposely tiny organisation that ignites social change by combining the extraordinary lives of some of the world’s most influential leaders to those on the fringes doing it really tough. She has been recognised for her achievements, including being awarded a CBE in 1999 for innovation in charity, named as one of the top ten innovators in the UK by The Times Newspaper in 2001, and was the Ernst and Young Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007.
A sincere thank you to all the team in front and behind the scenes who have supported the company so far in our mission to lower the rate of suicide, globally.
- Amanda Johnstone, Founder and CEO