Having a social purpose is no longer an emerging trend, it’s becoming a requirement for every business. I believe that social enterprise will soon become part of the norm and mainstream economy.
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.
Lisa was one of three finalists for New Zealander of the Year 2019, 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. Eat My Lunch has given over one million lunches in just over three years and is an innovative and successful model that is sustainably transforming the lives of Kiwi kids.
In 2019 Lisa was announced as the MYOB Woman Entrepreneur of the Year and went on to represent New Zealand at the international awards in Paris.
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.
Awards: Lisa has received numerous accolades for her work including:
2019 MYOB Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Winner
2019 New Zealander of the Year Finalist
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.
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