Snow Foundation reveals 2022 social entrepreneurship fellows
29 March 2022 at 4:47 pm
Each entrepreneur will receive between $100,00 and $200,000 in funding from the Snow Foundation
Social entrepreneurs finding new ways to deliver everything from accessible at-home rehab care to a social network platform for parents with disability will share over $1 million in funding, as part of a new philanthropic fellowship.
The inaugural Snow Entrepreneurs program, launched to mark the Snow Foundation’s 30th birthday, will see eight up-and-coming social entrepreneurs receive not only funding, but a mentor for the year, a diagnostic session to identify strengths and areas to further develop, and tailored advisory services coordinated by the Social Impact Hub.
This year’s entrepreneurs were chosen for their persistence in pursuing social causes, addressing gaps in need and having the potential to grow.
Recipients include Geoffrey Smith from Australian Spatial Analytics, an organisation training and finding employment for people with autism in high-end data jobs; Pia Clinton-Tarestad from the Clean Slate Clinic, a telehealth alcohol rehab program that can be accessed from home; and Summer Petrosius from Kindship, a social networking and peer-support platform for parents of children with a disability.
Snow Foundation CEO Georgina Byron AM said these fellowships paid homage to the organisation’s own entrepreneurial beginnings and its founder, Terry Snow.
“The Snow Foundation has a long history of supporting up-and-coming entrepreneurs, ground-breaking social enterprises and for-purpose organisations, and then maintaining partnerships with them,” Byron said.
“These [Our inaugural Snow Entrepreneurs] people are remarkable… They are all very bright and tackle social issues in new ways. Many are motivated, through their own adversity and hardship, to develop initiatives that help address the very issues they have lived with in their own lives.”
The fellows were selected by an independent panel of experts including Fiona Higgins, specialist advisor for giving at Australian Philanthropic Services and executive officer for the Eisen Family Private Fund; Andrew Tyndale, chair of Payton Capital; Craig Fitzgerald, the executive general manager of international operations and CSR at Aspen Medical and CEO of the Aspen Foundation; and Anthony Millet, the global partner and co-head of Antler Capital.
The eight recipients of the Snow Fellowships are:
- Australian Spatial Analytics | Geoffrey Smith
Training and employment of people with autism in high-end data jobs
- Clean Slate Clinic | Pia Clinton-Tarestad
Telehealth alcohol rehab program in your own home
- Confit Pathways | Joe Kwon
Lived experience mentoring and fitness for young people in juvenile justice with a focus on reducing recidivism
- Kindship | Summer Petrosius
Social networking and peer-support platform for parents of children with a disability
- More Good Days | Neala Fulia
Online program using neuroscience and psychology to manage chronic pain
- Performl | Loki Ball
Affordable data tools and analytics to increase the effectiveness of for-purpose organisations
- Ripple | Skye Riggs
Meaningful careers and civic engagement for young people
- The Warrior Woman Foundation | Jessica Brown
Mentoring for young women leaving out-of-home care