And the finalists of the Idealog/Cointreau Creative Kickstart Competition are...

And the finalists of the Idealog/Cointreau Creative Kickstart Competition are...
From a flood of entries, we have narrowed it down to three finalists. Come and help decide who wins with Idealog's Pitch Circus app.

A month ago, we asked for New Zealand women with clever business ideas, worthy charity initiatives or interesting creative projects that need some assistance to take flight, to enter the Creative Kickstart Competition.

From a pile of high quality entries, we have selected three finalists:

Shalane Hopkins for her natural, environmentally-friendly and customisable hygiene products.

Claire Conza for Make Give Live, a social enterprise making hand-crafted knitwear to give warmth and support to those in need.

Nicole Lin for impactNPO, which hosts hackathons to help non profit organisations, charities and social enterprises with their IT, design and business problems.

These finalists will go through to the next round to pitch their ideas—in 3 minutes and 33 seconds—to a live audience on 4 August. The audience will use Idealog's Pitch Circus app to decide the winner who will receive a $3000 prize pack including a $1,000 cash prize, one hour of mentorship to help bring the idea to life, a profile in Idealog magazine and on idealog.co.nz, and a unique prize from Cointreau.

Lisa King, co-founder of social enterprise Eat My Lunch, will join the line-up to discuss social enterprise, feeding hungry school kids and her plans for Eat My Lunch.

All this takes place at the Eat My Lunch headquarters, 5 Galatos Street, Auckland, on Thursday, 4 August. Cointreau cocktails and canapés will be on hand from 6pm and the event finishes up at 8.30pm.

Tickets are on sale now at just $29 each.