◾Six small businesses and start-ups from across Australia and New Zealand competed in Hack My Van - a competition to reimagine the inside of a Vito.
◾Judges Dr. Kate Cornick, Nick Crocker, Shane Delia, Megan Morton, and Diane Tarr selected MindKits as the winning team.
◾MindKits will use the Vito van to take their STEM workshops to more schools, independent of their wealth and status.
17 August 2017 - Melbourne. For the second year running, Mercedes-Benz Vans invited Australian and New Zealand based small businesses, start-ups, product developers, industrial designers, creative technologists, hustlers and hackers to put together a team of like-minded entrepreneurial thinkers and pitch an innovative business idea using the Vito van as the canvas.
Six finalists were selected to participate in Hack My Van 2017. From a silent disco for children to a mobile VR showroom, a commercial wellness van, and an all abilities childcare service, the judges saw a range of diverse and creative business ideas.
Judges Dr. Kate Cornick (CEO, LaunchVic), Nick Crocker (Partner, Blackbir Ventures), Shane Delia (award winning chef and restaurateur), Megan Morton (Australia’s leading stylist), and Diane Tarr (Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia & New Zealand) assessed the ideas and selected MindKits Education Van as the winner who were presented with a brand new Mercedes-Benz Vito.
The first runner up, HME Limited’s ThunderPods, received a $5,000 cash grant, and the second runner up, Ruby & Ollie’s Big Days Out, received a $2,500 cash grant provided by RedZed Lending Solutions.