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Disruptive innovator to speak to Waikato crowd

14 September 2018

WAIKATO In less than two weeks, international keynote speaker and entrepreneur, Daniel Flynn, is set to inspire Waikato.

Mr Flynn is Co-founder and Managing Director of Thankyou, a social enterprise that exists to empower humanity to choose a world without poverty through simple everyday purchases. He will speak to hundreds of people at the Hamilton Gardens on how to be remarkable, as well as share the Thankyou story of disruptive innovation.

“I love the diversity this event brings with young and old coming together to challenge the status quo. We all desire to make something remarkable that leaves a legacy, and with innovation and dedication, we can be. I’m looking forward to sharing the Thankyou story, and inspiring the Waikato,” Mr Flynn says.

Thankyou has given more than $5.8 million to help end global poverty. Their 50 products are stocked by more than 4000 retailers in Australia and New Zealand, with 100 per cent of the profits committed to funding water, sanitation and child and maternal health projects around the world.

In nine short years, Thankyou has directly impacted the lives of more than 780,000 people in 20 countries.

Mr Flynn is one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs under the age of 30, and is the recipient of EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and Forbes Asia 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs.

“This is our first event that is not just for millennials. We believe the cross-pollination of ideas and connections across generations is vital for building a vibrant Waikato,” says Chair of Seed Waikato, Gemma Major.

Early-bird tickets sold out within two days, and less than 50 per cent of general admission tickets remain.

“Thankyou is an excellent example of how enterprise can tackle the big issues that face society. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear Daniel share his learnings and vision for a better tomorrow”, says key sponsor and Founding Member of Social Impact Waikato, Ben Scott.

“This event is extra special because it has local Waikato organisation’s collaborating to deliver an inspiring message across a range of audiences the young, students, business and community. It’s going to be awesome. Be there,” says key sponsor and Founder of Inspire Hamilton, Ryan Hamilton.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase Daniel’s best-selling book,Chapter One. The book is sold at a pay what you want price, and has raised more than $2.5 million to launch Thankyou Baby and Thankyou New Zealand.

Chapter One draws out life lessons and inspiration for all readers proving that they have the power to change stuff.

Seed Waikato holds an event every month. This month’s event will be held at the Pavilion, Hamilton Gardens on the 26 September from 6.15pm. Tickets are $30.00. More details on the event can be found here.


Seed Waikato is a registered charity with a dream to see young people thrive in the Waikato. Founded in 2017, they are focused on connecting and growing 18-30(ish) year olds with inspirational events, and with their website, the home of young culture.

Social Impact Waikato is a community of passionate individuals dedicated to supporting social enterprise and innovation to thrive in the Waikato.

Inspire Hamilton stimulates potential and aspiration for business, family, health, community and life, and meet on the first Wednesday of each month.

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