Entrepreneur Ryan Dillon received a healthy kick start with a $10k grant to tackle climate change, writes Justin Morris from St George Bank.

St George Bank’s Kick Start your Start-Up campaign has provided Woollowin-based entrepreneur Ryan Dillon a $10,000 grant to back his vision to create a new business model for energy efficiency finance in Australia.

Ryan is one of 10 successful St George Kick Start grant winners who pitched their 60-second business idea in front of a panel of industry experts and hundreds of spectators at TEDxSydney on 21 May.

Ryan’s company, Websters Group, specialise in identifying, financing and project managing energy, water and resource efficiency opportunities within large industrial and commercial sites across a wide range of sectors.

30-year-old Ryan, who started Websters Group two and a half years ago, will put his St George grant towards an Australia-wide client and investor business development roadshow later this year.

The funding will help him promote the concept so he can finance more energy efficiency projects, particularly in the SME sector. Ryan hopes to expand the company’s vision to tackle big issues like climate change by financing clean technology upgrades, uniquely using the actual energy savings from Solar, smart metering or LED lighting as loan repayments.

St George are thrilled to support budding entrepreneurs like Ryan with a cash grant to help their business grow. Our St George Kick Start grant program is all about helping small business and start-ups start, grow and prosper, and is part of the second annual St George Kick Start campaign, that supports small business and start-ups like Websters Group with 10 business grants worth $10,000 each.

Go to www.webstersgroup.com.au to keep up to date or even obtain an in-kind energy audit to find what energy savings potential your site has.

To talk to St George about how we might be able to help your business idea get off the ground, call 133 800.

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