What is the 30under30?
30under30 is an Anthill initiative launched in early 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young Australians.
Each year, we invite our readers to nominate young Australian entrepreneurs deserving of recognition for their outstanding entrepreneurial endeavours. More.
Phuong Nguyen, 27 (b.1987) and Matthew Alberto, NSW (b. 1986)
Name: Matthew Alberto (born June 1986) and Phuong Nguyen, 27 (born October 1987)
Age: 29 and 27
Gender: Female and Male
Known for: PeoplePledge
PeoplePledge is a medical crowdfunding platform that helps Australians to easily set up online fundraising pages for their loved ones with an illness or disability to help cover medical expenses, such as treatment or surgery costs and home modifications or equipment. By sharing the fundraising page via word of mouth and social media, Australians can raise thousands of dollars within only 30 or 60 days.
“I founded PeoplePledge because my family struggled with the high costs of medical care when my grandfather suffered with cancer,” PeoplePledge co-founder, Matthew recently told Anthill.
“So I’m driven to help other families who may also be financially struggling.”
With the help of co-founder, Phuong Nguyen, PeoplePledge came to life in 2013.
The pair pitched at the Demo Day Finals of the Startup-Chile Incubator, and met with investors who were interested in investing. The success of the pitch and investor meetings helped the company secure more funding from UDD Ventures, and positioned the startup for a valuation of over $1,000,000. Phuong and Matthew also won the Startup Health award, and have built strategic alliances with major hospitals as a result.
And their fans are taking note.
“Two users of our PeoplePledge website nominated us, the co-founders, for the Pride of Australia Medal,” Matthew continued.
“We didn’t ask them to nominate us, and we were just so lucky that they did so. We took advantage of the opportunity by accepting the nomination, and we were lucky that we eventually won the medal. After winning the medal, we took advantage of the win by featuring our story and website on TV’s Meet the Press, the Sunday Telegraph and a number of local newspapers, which attracted even more fundraisers and donors to our website.”
Now, the newest accolade for Phuong and Matthew comes in the form of the 2015 Anthill 30under30 Winners award!
Anthill asks: Matthew Alberto, what’s your superpower?
Vision, Passion & Rapid Execution – I can see business opportunities and market gaps that others cannot see, and I execute faster than my competition. I have the power to see the bigger picture, and to visualise my goals and long term results that I want to accomplish. Then I have the determination and focus to persistently and quickly take action, through my leadership skills in orchestrating a team, so that my goals can be transformed into reality. I have immense emotional passion for my business and my customers that mere mortals don’t have.
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