Budding entrepreneurs across the region will soon have the chance to test their burning business ideas in the University of New England Business School Challenge.
The inaugural Challenge offers high school students in Year 7 to 12 across Northern New South Wales the opportunity to submit their best business ideas to a panel of judges.
Students can work on a shared problem, brainstorm ideas for an existing business in their community, or come up with business ideas they have been building in class or at home.
The 20 top ideas will go into a Shark Tank, Dragons’ Den-like “TOP 20 CHALLENGE” and the selected students will be invited to UNE for a day to work with celebrity coaches to develop a pitch for the ultimate Top 20 Challenge.
Organiser and UNE Business School staff member, Jade Hauser, said the TOP 20 Challenge is an exciting and intensive process.
“Students will work together in teams of five under the direction of a panel of dynamic, internationally-connected business coaches to develop ideas and deliver a pitch,” Ms Hauser said.
“Participating students will gain valuable skills in the Challenge including how to solve problems and market ideas; they will meet business professionals while having fun completing a business pitch at UNE; and be in the running to win a cash prize!”
Local multinational business owner and Top 20 Challenge coach, Adrian Wood, said he is very impressed by the UNE Business School’s innovative initiative and is looking forward to seeing the array of young talent from the region.
Duval High School Careers Advisor, Lana Hardman has encouraged all students, including Duval student Kathleen Swinton, to enter their ideas into the mix.
“I’m very excited about the challenge as it will be a great way to learn how to develop business ideas and pitch them to potential business partners,” Ms Swinton said.
Entries open 1 September 2015 and students who are interested to participate can enter here: http://www.une.edu.au/top20.
The UNE Business School Challenge is a core activity in the UNE Business School’s initiative to encourage young people within our region to identify business ideas and to collaborate in building innovative business solutions.
For more information contact: Jade Hauser on firstname.lastname@example.org or 6773-2303.