David BalleriniBorn 29 December 1987 to Robert and June Ballerini, our 2018 Young Achiever David Ballerini attended Salesian College Chadstone from 2000 to 2005. In his time at Salesian, David was Senior Chess Club Captain, and received several academic excellence awards. After graduating, David continued his studies at Monash University from 2007 - 2010, where he obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) with First Class Honours. David’s Doctorate research focused on developing low-cost medical diagnostic sensors for use in the third world. His candidature focussed on the use of inexpensive substrates such as thread as the basis for blood testing diagnostic devices. Listed as an inventor on two patents, has authored more than ten scientific journal papers, and along with his research team was a recipient of the 2012 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology and of the IChemE 2012 Dhirubhai Ambani Chemical Engineering Innovation for Resource-Poor People Award.
Founder of the ‘Liven’ app, which enables users to pay their restaurant bill through the app to earn a portion of their bill back as ‘Liven Cash’, which can be used the next time they dine at any ‘Liven’ venue, or alternatively, can be donated to charities such as the RSPCA, NBCF, Heart Foundation or beyondblue. Liven’s founders have raised more than $11 million in funding to grow their startup business, and are currently looking to expand into the US and UK markets
Young Achiever Inductee - Business