I've been selected to pitch to the public next week!

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Fussy Foodies is kicking goals. I am kicking goals.

This week, I pitched to my cohort of peers at the Wade Institute for the very last class of the Masters of Entrepreneurship program. I also pitched to all of my mentors, all of my teachers and a panel of esteemed judges from the Entrepreneurial world. 

You would think that I would be nervous, but it was pure adrenaline. I stood there envisioning success before my pitch and I took the stage and smashed it. Now I'm not a shy person, but anybody would be put through their paces in a pitch like this. Not only was the pitch graded for my overall grade, but it was also the gateway to the public showcase next week.

Which I as selected for! YAY! 

Tickets are sold out, but if you want to learn way too much about my start-up, then tune in to the live stream hosted on @wadeinstitute on Facebook this Thursday night! 

 

How I got into The Wade Institute - Masters of Entrepreneurship program

Once upon a time, I was not an entrepreneur! WHAT!? 
Then I got accepted to attend The Wade Institute and my life changed.

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If you haven't heard of The Wade Institute, what you need to know is that it's not just a degree. You walk out with a masters and a business too.

It's like 1.5 years of courses crammed into two semesters, summer + winter subjects and electives (internship). Which sets the scene for one of the most intense years of my life. 

Only this week did I write in my journal, I've never worked so hard in my life and yet I've never felt more alive. Mentally and emotionally stretching myself every day. Learning every day. When was the last time that you were truly learning every day? In most jobs, you learn for a while and then you just cruise. Not Wade. Not in my startup. Learning, learning, doing, learning, iterating. For me, it's a mixture of insane and amazing. 

If you are like me, you should take a chance on yourself. 

I saw the year as an experiment. I liked the idea of becoming my own boss, I liked my ideas and I decided to dip my toes. First I started by searching online, words like 'start my own business' and 'learn how to do business', which led me to an MBA. Then to 'entrepreneurship', where my only experience of the business was Shark Tank. Then I heard about 3DS - 3 Day Start Up, where you learn business essentials. I saw it as a risk-free way to learn if I am a business woman. I got in. I went. I loved it. 

Then I applied for the Masters of Entrepreneurship program. I got in. I moved from Sydney to Melbourne to pursue it. I am here and I LOVE IT.

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My first time pitching to a Venture Capitalist...

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Venture Capital. Money. Me? 

After having a lovely breakfast at a cafe, I was feeling confident. I was practicing my 90 second speech on the drive to the cafe, I was still reciting my speech as I got out and closed the door. Usually an interruption like the door would put me off my speech, but I'd already practiced it half a dozen times and I didn't waver. 

So all this prep helped me get to the pitch, but in those moments just before. It's so cliche, but I actually took a deep breath and told myself - 'I can do this'. 

So I did! And they loved it! 

They praised me on my command over the space, the authenticity of my problem/solution. It was great. 

They told me, I may not be able to be funded by VC at this point, as offering a delivered food box is expensive to scale. That I would need to be an absolute boss at delivery operations in order to make my business excel.

It felt fantastic, knowing that they believe in my idea and my approach and encouraged me to keep going.

Can't believe it. Venture Capital. Me? Maybe.   

When I suddenly became allergic to tomatoes...

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Towards the end of working at my old job, I started to get belly cramps. It started with a dull niggling pain and quickly became debilitating pain. I had to sit, grin and bear it at my desk because I needed to complete my 9-5 job. 

I found it really difficult to tell people that I needed to go to the bathroom for lengths of time on and off for hours until the pain subsided. At the time I thought that I was just stressed or that I ate lunch too quickly. 

I tried to ignore the problem and bought some 'quik-eze', which dulled the pain a bit. When it got worse, I went to the doctor. She didn't run many tests. She didn't ask many questions and basically told me that I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS.

yay! NOT.

When you get diagnosed with IBS, they give you a bunch of really random leaflets that tell you that everything that you used to love eating... will now make you sick. 

So how do tomatoes come into this?
I'll tell you later...

 

That time I quit my full time job

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I used to be the Content Manager for a lifestyle website in Sydney before I realised that I no longer wanted to be a journalist. I was completely oblivious to all the signs until it hit me like a train, whilst I stood doe-eyed on the railway track. 

It was incredibly difficult actually deciding that I wanted to leave my job. The money. The security. I had friends there. What about my professional reference that I had worked hard to get over 1.5 years... would I still get one?

Don't even get me started on what I would then do?! I had no idea. It's been 1.5 years since the day I quit and only this month did I decide what I am going to START doing, not do forever.

The act of quitting actually takes courage. Silly really that in order to end your job, your world as you know it, you have to stand up and take a risk? Be brave. In quitting? Bizarre. 

BUT WORTH IT.

I can only say it's worth it now because I have a blog and words to type. Also because there was a very loooooong period of 'unknown' that was really hard and now I am in a good place and therefore I can say it is all worth it in the end. Except that this is not the end... this is really the beginning of a whole new adventure, new career, new life.  

Are you reading this blog because you have quit? Want to quit? 
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