There will be an extra big sack of cash on offer when Awesome Newcastle celebrates its first anniversary with a special public event at The Lock-up this month.
Awesome Newcastle is a local organisation that donates $1000 cash each month to “awesome” business ideas and community projects in Newcastle.
For this particular event, the Awesome Newcastle board has selected three past winners to pitch for an extra big sack of cash.
The Awesome Newcastle All-Stars are Kim Oakhill from Helpful Love, Joel Pilgrim from OneWave and Kate O’Donoghue from Frontline Yoga.
On hand to help decide the winner will be guest board member Dr Chris Brown, aka the Bondi Vet.
The public event is scheduled for 6pm on October 27 at The Lock-Up on Hunter Street, Newcastle.
There also will be a premiere of a short film on Awesome Newcastle, produced by chapter custodians, The Village of Useful, and Academy Award-nominated director Steve Pasvolsky.
To mark the anniversary, the general public will also get the opportunity to donate their own cash to the “sack-of-cash” grant on the night.
Dean of Awesome Newcastle, Andy Howard, said the anniversary event would allow the finalists to secure additional “no-strings-attached” funding.
Each of the three All-Stars have been picked from the past 11 winners, as voted by the Awesome Newcastle board.
“This is an opportunity for All-Stars to pitch and share what another, bigger, cash grant would mean to them,” Howard said.
“Our pitch parties are fun - it's like Shark Tank with more back slaps and good vibes.
“We've opened up this special event to dozens of guests to share in the awesome and see what it's about.”
Awesome Newcastle is a local chapter of the global Awesome Foundation, which was started by MIT and Harvard students frustrated by the red tape of traditional funding.
It was founded to help the artists, creators, ideas people and change-makers of Newcastle by funding small business ideas and community projects.
More information at awesomenewcastle.org.