Kick-start for the Coast’s future entrepreneurs

Posted by | December 6, 2013 | Employers, General, Job Seekers, Recruiters, Update

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Five Central Coast senior high school Business Studies students were rewarded for their business ideas and entrepreneurial potential at the inaugural Wild Fig Young Entrepreneur Support (YES) program.

The top three students were each presented with a cheque for $1,000 while the two runners-up received $200 each. The students were awarded before an audience of local business owners, parents, teachers and special guests Innov8 Central Project Manager, Frank Sammut and Central Coast Innovation Facilitator, Graham Baker.

Winners were:

  • Zoe Friedman from Terrigal High School for ‘Divine Domestics’, a business concept that combines home ware product sales with professional interior designer service and expertise.
  • Shay Goddard from Gorokan High School for ‘Smashing’, a unique and quirky concept that encourages an over 18’s clientele to legally vent their frustration by smashing crockery and other breakable objects in a safe, fun environment.
  • Paige Wilson-Turner from St. Philips Christian College (Gosford Campus) for ‘Aqua Laser Tag’, an eco friendly hybrid laser tag/aquatic centre that combines land and water components.

Runners-up were Henry Hamilton-Burgoyne from Wyong High School for his thoroughly researched real estate business concept ‘Champion Realtors’ and Aaron Stace from St Edwards College, East Gosford for his eco friendly health food and beverage concept, ‘Wellness Kahvila’.

The annually run incentive scheme invites the Coast’s next round of school leavers to consider local business ownership in their future endeavours and reward the best of those students for their entrepreneurial potential. Finalists were selected from a pool of Year 12 students nominated by their schools and judged on a set of predefined criteria including originality, business planning and presentation skills. All five finalists delivered comprehensive, well-structured business plans that demonstrated a solid understanding of the marketing, financial and human resource requirements needed to run a successful small business. Importantly, Each student also demonstrated the passion and innovative thinking needed to set their business concepts apart from others.

Terrigal High School Business Studies teacher, Dale Massie-Brahams said, “I cannot speak highly enough about this wonderful program. The value for students of Business Studies to have the opportunity to develop and pitch their business idea to such high calibre business people in our local area cannot be overstated – both in terms of their personal and their educational development.  I extend a huge thank-you to all at Wild Fig Service Alliance for this invaluable support of our students.”

Wild Fig Executive Member and partner in business acceleration firm CtechBA, Bruce Cottrill has offered each winning student his time to explore the possibility of kick starting their business idea via creative crowd funding website, kickstarter.com.

“We were so impressed with the calibre of the students’ business plans and the originality and creativity of some of the ideas in particular that I have decided to offer my time to those students who wish to explore taking it to the next level,” said Bruce.

Wild Fig Service Alliance is a not for profit organisation consisting of members representing a broad range of established businesses on the Central Coast. The Wild Fig Young Entrepreneur Support (YES) Program was launched this year as part of the group’s commitment to support local youth and encourage an interest in small business.

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