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Social Entrepreneur, Founder of Eat My Lunch & AF Drinks

Having a social purpose is no longer an emerging trend, it’s a requirement for every business.

Lisa King is the founder of Eat My Lunch, one of NZ’s most successful for-profit social enterprises on a mission to ensure no child goes to school hungry. Lisa believes that business cannot just be about profits anymore and that business can (and should) bring about social change. Using an innovative model, Eat My Lunch has shown you can do well and do good at the same time.

Since it’s commencement in 2015, Eat My Lunch has given over one and a half million lunches and is an innovative and successful model that is sustainably transforming the lives of Kiwi kids.

In 2020, Lisa launched AF Drinks - alcohol free beverages to help the sober curious explore a different relationship with alcohol.

Awards: Lisa has received numerous accolades for her work including:
2019 MYOB Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Winner - she then went on to represent New Zealand at the international awards in Paris.
2019 New Zealander of the Year Finalist - acknowledging not just her desire to address the issue of kids going to school hungry, but using her passion, creativity and commercial expertise to make it a reality.
2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 Finalist
2017 Young Enterprise Distinguished Alumni Winner
2017 Women of Influence Community Winner
2016 Women of Influence Business Enterprise Winner
2016 Local Hero Award

Eat My Lunch has also been recognised for its business model and performance winning awards such as Deloittes Fast 50 Rising Star, Westpac Business Awards and TVNZ Marketing Awards.

Prior to starting Eat My Lunch, Lisa spent 15 years in FMCG marketing, working for the likes of Unilever, Fonterra, Heinz Watties and Cadbury’s.

Talking Points

Eat My Lunch and COVID-19:

In this session, Lisa shares how Eat My Lunch survived COVID-19 by pivoting their business - while still keeping to their mission!
Lisa was wonderful - so humble and inspiring! The people who attended our conference were blown away by her and all that she has achieved in such a short time. I am sure they will be buying/using Eat My Lunch in the future Agcarm

Lisa was voted the best speaker not only for the amazing work she and the team at Eat My Lunch are doing to help kids in need but for her strong and unique business model. Lisa had many a quantity surveying talking well into the break about her companies structure and we do hope we have inspired delegates to support her organisation.

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