It’s on! UNE’s burning business ideas Top 20 Challenge

Published 13 November 2015

Next week Friday will see finalists in the University of New England Business School Challenge pitch their burning business ideas to a panel of judges in a Dragon’s Den, Shark Tank-like Top 20 Challenge.

The inaugural competition was launched earlier in the year and received more than 80 entries from 12 high schools across the region leaving the judges with the unenviable task of deciding who goes through to the Top 20 Challenge.

Armidale High School finalists Sasha Nicoll, Zoe Johnson, Bree Oehlers and Bec Cameron

Armidale High School finalists Sasha Nicoll, Zoe Johnson, Bree Oehlers and Bec Cameron

The twenty finalists will each submit their presentation to judges after two hours of expert tuition from a selection of coaches who will help them prepare their two-minute pitch for the Challenge.

Speech and Drama teacher, Emily Thomas Moore, will coach the students on pitch, public speaking, eye contact and voice projections while Myee Gregory, Careers Engagement Coordinator, will explain personal branding, presentation, dress and networking to them.

Adrian Wood from Whitehack will clarify commercialism and Dr Simon Burgess from UNE will talk about leadership and management.

With prize money of $1,750 up for grabs the finalists are understandably eager to do well in the competition.

“I’m really excited about being a finalist; it is my dream to help people living with diabetes and I’m hoping the competition will help put my business plan to develop a diabetes watch into practice,” Bree Oehlers from Armidale High School said.

Head of the UNE Business School, Professor Alison Sheridan, will officially open the event at 10am with The Top 20 Challenge starting at 1.15pm and the presentation ceremony at 2pm.

The Top 20 Challenge, sponsored by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, will be held at the UNE Business School on Friday 20 November and will run from 8.30am to 3pm.

The UNE Business School Challenge is a core activity of the UNE Business School’s initiative to encourage young people across the region to identify business ideals and to collaborate in building innovative business solutions.