Entrepreneurship Speaker Series – Elliot Costello CEO and Co-founder of YGAP

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Elliot Costello is a social entrepreneur who, in 2008, co-founded YGAP. Having studied a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) at Deakin, Elliot is an inspiring alumnus who will be sharing his fascinating journey from Deakin, to a career in financial accounting all while co-founding YGAP where he now works full time.

To date, YGAP has significantly and measurably impacted the lives of over 150,000 people living in poverty and aim to back 1,000 entrepreneurs and improve one million lives by 2018.

YGAP finds and supports impact entrepreneurs in some of the world’s toughest communities with a belief that local leaders have the solutions to local problems.

YGAP raises funds through an entrepreneurial approach, owning and running profitable social ventures such as Feast of Merit in Richmond and fundraising initiatives like the 5 Cent Campaign and Polished Man.

Elliot has been invited to speak at the United Nations (UN) in New York and at several UN and leading social enterprise conferences across the Middle East and Asia. He is a leading voice on youth issues, social entrepreneurship and innovative fundraising in Australia.

If you are unable to make it to Burwood you can watch this event LIVE from our Waurn Ponds campus

Wednesday 24 Aug 2016
5.15pm – 7.00pm
Location – Deakin University Burwood Campus and Waurn Ponds (LIVE streamed)


SPARK@Deakin is an experiential program designed to give students, staff and alumni an opportunity to see and relate to the early stages of the entrepreneurial path. The program includes an opportunity to pitch for up to $20 000 funding, mentorship and office space as well as a series of entrepreneurial events, focusing on educating and training aspirant entrepreneurs regarding how to approach a project from a commercial perspective.