Entrepreneur Matthew D’Onofrio credits support from Flinders University in a journey that recently saw him included in the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 Asia hot list.
At just 20 years young, Matthew’s nursing studies at Flinders influenced his decision to develop a social health start-up three years ago.
Nightlife First Aid provides first-aiders at parties, ready to spring into action in the event of a medical emergency. Matthew has watched over thousands of teenagers and says he has prevented more than 25 deaths. Currently operating in South Australia, Matthew has his sights set on scaling up, starting with nightclubs in Adelaide and eventually expanding interstate.
Matthew’s relationship with the University extends to its New Venture Institute (NVI) which he says has been extremely supportive.
“The NVI has been a part of my journey in terms of support and advice, as well as through various events and other opportunities. The support from Flinders, NVI and South Australia as a whole has been amazing.”
In its third year, the Forbes 30 under 30 list Asia-Pacific features young innovators over ten categories who are driving change across the region. Matthew was recognised in the social entrepreneurs’ category.