Winner for the MYOB Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award 2019
Lisa King, the founder and CEO of Eat My Lunch, this week won the MYOB Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2019, which celebrates female entrepreneurs who aspire to tackle major social, cultural and environmental issues within their communities
As part of winning the award, Lisa will represent New Zealand in Paris, France on 28 March and compete in the grand finals for the title of International Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. This annual event is part of the Impact2 World Forum in Paris created by global start up platform INCO – and brings together over 1,000 decision-makers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and media from more than 50 countries worldwide to discuss solutions to society's most pressing challenges.
This is the first time New Zealand has participated in this international event. It was sponsored by fintech company MYOB and hosted by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in its business accelerator and innovation hub – Mahuki.
In her acceptance speech, Lisa said “It is such an amazing honour to represent New Zealand for the first time in Paris.”
Lisa was recently named a finalist for the 2019 New Zealander of the Year, acknowledging not just her desire to address a social issue of kids going to school hungry, but using her passion, creativity and commercial expertise to make it a reality. Eat My Lunch has given over 1 million lunches in just over 3 years and is an innovative and successful model that is sustainably transforming the lives of Kiwi kids.
The other New Zealand finalists were Collaborate co-founder Holly Norton, Dignity co-founder Jacinta Gulasekharam and Compost Me founder Heidi Marie Nixon.
The judges in their summing up congratulated and praised the business innovation of all the finalists.