#010 Ft. Mathew D’Onofrio Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2018, Entrepreneur & CEO of Nightlife First Aid

Our next guest is Mathew D’Onofrio, Founder, CEO & Owner of Nightlife First Aid. After 3-years of building his first business to create safe partying environments for young people, Mathew finds himself on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2018 social entrepreneur list & youngest list. 

It is my pleasure to welcome Mathew to The Campus Experience to discuss both the mechanics of building an innovative business focused on helping your friends celebrate safely as well as his take on what it means to be a leader & an entrepreneur in 2018. 

Top Quotes:

“At that point where I had to choose between St John’s something that had literally shaped my life for 5-years & something that I had just begun… that was the day when I realised ‘why.’”

“Who knows what you do better than you do?”

“There are a lot of first-aid-trained people in the world, what’s important is to find the ones who are prepared to use it… It’s sort of like a side hustle, but instead of driving a car with Uber it’s something they’re really interested in & passionate about. It’s still in that public safety sort of area.” 

“I went to the youngest list, and my name was right next to Catherine Langford – from ’13 Reasons Why’ – and I was like, ‘This is cool.’”

Learn more about Nightlife First Aid via:

Connect with Mathew via:

I Am Worthmore

Will Dayble, Fitzroy Academy, ‘What is a social enterprise anyway?’

Small Giants book by Bo Burlingham

More about Mathew D’Onofrio:
Mathew is an award-winning and internationally renowned entrepreneur, based in Adelaide. Most recently and notably, he was the FIRST and ONLY South Australian to be listed in the ‘Forbes 30 Under 30’.

Beginning his first startup, Nightlife First Aid - a first aid service dedicated to creating safe partying environments amongst youth, alcohol consumption and drugs by sending out a first aider to be on site at party events in case any medical emergencies are to occur - at the ripe age of 17, Mathew has since gained extensive knowledge in business and entrepreneurship. He has undertaken a number of roles in various industries to further advance his knowledge and experience. 
Supported by organisations like:
-New Venture Institute
-Australia Day Council of South Australia & Australian of the Year Awards
-Startup Adelaide
-The City of Unley
-Entrepreneurs’ Organisation
-Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards
-Adelaide Suits Direct
-Foundation for Young Australians
-Change Makers Program
-Abbott Global (ANZ)
-Rotary Club of Adelaide West

And won awards such as:
-2017 South Australian State Finalist – Young Australian of the Year (2016)
-Startup Adelaide’s Young Upstart: Under 30s Award Winner (2016)
-Startup Adelaide’s Startup of the Year Award Winner (2016)
-Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards – University Senior College Create Change Award Finalist (2017)
-Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards – Fresh 92.7 People’s Choice Award Finalist (2017)
-Foundation for Young Australians (FYA)’s Young Social Pioneers (YSP) National Incubator & Pitch Competition - Health Stream Winner (2017)
-Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Asia – Social Entrepreneurs List & Youngest List (2018)
-Foundation for Young Australians (FYA)’s Unleashed Awards - Vanguard Award Category Winner (2018)

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