#WINNING : Our #Innes48 2018 Most Innovative Business award winners, Causally Yes, have taken out the Mentors Team Choice Award announced on Thursday. The team made up of Waikato MBA participants Paul, Hiyam, Natalia and Benji were voted the best at the competition by all of the mentors. AND... Geoff Day, BMS '88 alumnus and former CEO of Learning Works was awarded the Most Valuable Mentor award. #WMSCelebrates #WaikatoAlumni #WaikatoMBA

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Innes48 2018 has officially come to an end for another year last night with the After Party. We got to catch up, reflect and share experiences with everyone inv...olved in the event this year and hear how the ideas from the weekend have progressed from the competition.

Erin Wansbrough welcomed everyone to the evening and reminded us of our 2018 Innes48 experience.

Chris Yu gave us an update on their winning idea, C&D Box, where they are currently looking into how to progress with their idea alongside his current businesses. He encouraged more experienced business people to enter and participate in Innes48 as he learnt so much.

Geoff Day took out the Most Valuable Mentor Award as voted by the teams and shared how Innes48 enables him to help give back …and got his revenge by handing out some prizes of his own...The ‘Earmuff Award’ for the team that didn’t listen, ‘Hula-hoop Award’ for the team that were indecisive, the ‘Compass Award’ for the team that had the most pivots and the ‘Most Obsessed with Mentor Award’ for the team member that was infatuated with Emily Heazelwood

Casually Yes won the Mentor's Team Choice Award, based on the mentor’s experience with the teams over the weekend. Since the competition, Casually Yes are pushing forward to launch Hook Me Up into the market and will pitch to SODA Inc. to enter our incubation programme.

It was great to catch-up with a lot of our mentors, including John Wilkinson, James Hutchison, Natasha Harvey, Brandon Hutcheson, Nick Pickering, Sandra Hutton, Tim Heeley and Eliot Jessep.

We would like to thank everyone who came to celebrate last night and look forward to seeing some of the Innes48 ideas come to life!

A big thank you to our sponsors who make this event happen, Wintec, ASB Bank, Gallagher Animal Management New Zealand, LearningWorks,
Deloitte, Chow:Hill, University of Waikato, Tainui Group Holdings,
Callaghan Innovation, Hamilton City Council & Norris Ward McKinnon.

Also thanks to our sponsors support sponsors Loveblock, Good George Brewing, Antipodes Water Company, Zeal, Taylored Health & Performance, Kapja and Game Kings.

If you didn't make it, make sure you check out the highlights video below!

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