Our purpose is to solve the world’s social issues using enterprise. It is at the core of why we do what we do and is the starting point to understanding our organisation and the decisions we make. We believe that by being an example through socially beneficial ventures and immersive education of the next generation we can change the guiding principles of what business is used for and see the actualisation of our purpose, not solely by us, within our lifetime.
Combined with our purpose is the second of three components to what makes up the core of Project Everest, our values. They are our rules around what we do and don’t do and interestingly are focused on building our internal culture as the engine for this global shift. These are:
Be authentically you and embrace the ‘weird/crazy’ in others around you as it builds stronger teams and outcomes.
Seek solutions that change the world.
For the influence of a leader to be enduring they must build leaders; this enables impact to extend beyond themselves.
Wherever possible give others the freedom to choose their own path.
In the way you live your life (and when it comes to eating!) you place the welfare of your team before your own.
Put in 110%. The harder you work the luckier you get.
Make the hard decisions...Always
You always have two choices, the easy decision or the hard decision. In almost every situation the hard decision is the right one.
Finally, what makes up our core is our moon shot goal to positively impact the lives of 1 billion people over the next 20 years.
How we came about
Project Everest was founded in early 2014 and has led trips to Alice Springs, Nepal, Argentina, Uganda, Fiji, Timor-Leste and Cambodia. We specialise in new venture startups to accelerate social impact and have worked across agriculture, clean drinking water, education, healthcare and retail. We also have expertise in raising impact investment for the social ventures we accelerated.
When deciding upon projects we prefer to work in collaboration with local partners, NGOs and government organisations where possible.
The staff involved in delivering on Project Everest’s projects have over 16 years of combined experience in this space. We are currently operating in Cambodia, Fiji, Timor-Leste and Uganda with research and development resources going into developing an environmental sustainability project in Vietnam and agricultural related projects commencing in the Philippines. Project Everest has sent groups of up to 30 overseas to its destination countries. However, there is organisational experience in sending contingents of up to 150 students at one time. The length of trips that Project Everest run are generally between 3-4 weeks.
Our project addresses skills, knowledge and methodologies from almost all degrees. We run over 12 different projects that focus on different areas of basic community needs. From engineering/science-based projects in assessing the water quality in communities (chemistry, design, problem solving, technical/science-based problems and analysis, social business aspects), environmental sustainability (recycling, construction and distribution of equipment to create environmentally sustainable solutions), education platforms (teaching, technology, curriculum, social business aspects).
Our approach is based on team based learning with the most common skills needed by team members being effective communication, working successfully in a team, being able to improvise in a restrictive and resource-poor environment and have an open mind to the potential solutions and practice cultural sensitivity within each community.