At the age of 19 (in 2008), struck by global poverty and excess consumer spending, Daniel Flynn and a group of friends founded Thankyou Water (now Thankyou) - a social enterprise that exists to empower people to play a part in ending global poverty through simple everyday purchases.
Thankyou gives 100% of profits from its range of over 38 consumer products across water, body care and food that fund safe water access, hygiene and sanitation programs and food aid respectively. In July 2016 Thankyou launched its fourth product range, Thankyou baby with a range of nappies, wipes and baby body care products, 100% of the profits from which will go fund child and maternal health services.
Under Daniel's leadership, the social enterprise has given over $4.1 million to projects in 17 countries including Australia. As at April 2016, Thankyou has funded safe water access for 192,367 people, hygiene and sanitation programs for 302,814 people and over 19.1 million days' access to immediate food aid on top of their long-term food solutions to people in need.
One of Daniel's mottos is 'impossibility is only someone's opinion, not a fact'. This foundational belief in action has seen him navigate the team at Thankyou through obstacles in the start-up journey, and two bold and ambitious marketing campaigns to gain awareness and get the range successfully stocked in 7 Eleven, Coles and Woolworths.
Through hard work and determination, Thankyou products are stocked in over 4000 outlets across Australia.
In 2014, Daniel was named Victorian Young Australian of the Year and an honoree in the JCI Ten Outstanding People of the World program. In 2015, Daniel was awarded the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southern Region. Consecutively in 2015 and 2016, Daniel Flynn, Justine Flynn and Jarryd Burns were named number 2 and number 1 in the Smart Company Hot 30 Under 30 awards.
In February 2016, Thankyou launched a bold campaign to raise $1.2million to fund the future of the business through the sale of a book called Chapter One, penned by Daniel and sold at a pay what you want price. It tells the raw and real seven-year start-up story of Thankyou. Chapter One draws out life lessons and inspiration for all readers proving that they have the power to change stuff.
The Chapter One campaign was disruptive, bold, daring and successful. In 28 days Thankyou sold over 50,000 books and raised over $1.4 million.