A mother from Kingscliff, New South Wales, Australia has been awarded $20,000 in prizes by the Australian Regional Media (APN) Better Business Great Ideas for her proposed networking web site for new mothers.
Vanessa Fairweather, inspired by her challenging first year of motherhood, won after formulating a networking web site where local mothers can connect, communicate, get tips, and share photos online. She was granted $10,000 in cash, $5000 in APN advertising, plus a $5,000 Officeworks package to help get her dream business started.
According to Fairweather, she believes the proposed web site is something that is missing in the community.
“When you’ve just had a baby, for that first year you need support and friends, and I think I was very lucky to find that because I know many women don’t have that and it’s easy to feel isolated,” the entrepreneurial mom said.
Fairweather, who has always been passionate about providing planned events for Tweed and Gold Coast moms and their young kids, seeks to help fellow mothers by creating friendships and coordinating activities that will introduce them to each other.
“That’s where this all came from, I wanted to help other mums [sic],” she said.
APN Better Business Great Ideas Grant is a competition designed to give one local entrepreneur the chance to win prizes to help get their project off the ground.
Fairweather expects to launch her business at the end of 2011 or early 2012.