Goal 1: No poverty
End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Feel Good Period
Period poverty is being increasingly recognised as an alarming barrier for young women to participate in education as more research comes to light. Feel Good Period began life as a start-up to make menstrual products available to anyone who needs them and raises awareness of issues in that area. Feel Good Period went on to become a finalist in the Velocity $100k Challenge, qualifying them for the LaunchPad programme. “We got a lot of development opportunities through that programme. As a first-year student, this was invaluable for me,” co-founder Sacha Baillie says. Feel Good Period now exists as a student club on campus. Feel Good Period is committed to encouraging discussion about menstruation and improving access for all to period products. Everything raised at events goes towards purchasing period products to be put in bathrooms around campus, or is donated.
Find out how launching the social venture Feel Good Period has had a lasting impact on graduate Sacha Baillie’s life. Read more.
Feel Good Period founders pitching at the Velocity $100k Challenge finals
Teaching young New Zealanders to be financially Savy
Thousands of young New Zealanders have been taught basic financial literacy because of a charitable trust that began life at the Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Savy was initiated in 2008 by Velocity participants Shiva Gopalan, Lynn Lai, Akif Malik and Dipra Ray. The founders had seen how students (including themselves) had fallen into financial traps and were unprepared for financial life after secondary school. Class visits from banks left students disengaged because of how irrelevant the content was to their lifestyle. The concept of students teaching students was conceptualised and Savy was developed through the University of Auckland’s Velocity student entrepreneurship programme.
Since its beginnings Savy has expanded to run throughout Auckland and Wellington. In the last 11 years 60,000 secondary school students have participated in one of 2,400 workshops delivered within secondary schools, and over 250 university students have developed their leadership and teaching skills through facilitating workshops. Read more