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Young entrepreneurs plan award-winning ventures

An interactive juice bar with a '70s disco theme, a dog-visiting service for the elderly, a cafe paying tribute to Michael Jackson, and a gift-wrapping service were among the winning business ideas from Years 10, 11 and 12 students competing in Victoria University's annual I Plan a Business (iPAB) contest.

Award-winners, who received $500 for their efforts were announced yesterday by judges Andrew Morello, winner of the first series of Australia's Apprentice television show and Head of Business Development at Yellow Brick Road Wealth Management; Jason Cunningham, co-founder of the successful Lygon Street accounting firm, The Practice; and Natalie Davies, a VU alumnus and Marketing Manager for Momentum Energy.

iPAB was developed by VU's Faculty of Business and Law as an incentive for secondary students from Melbourne's west to practise their business planning skills and demonstrate the next big idea. Now in its third year, the event attracted 73 entries from 11 schools across the west.

The 2011  iPAB winners are:

Best Business Plan – Year 10 Individual - $500
Jessica Ryan – MacKillop College, Werribee
Jessica's business is a retail outlet selling artistic and rhythmic gymnastics wear.

Best Business Plan – Year 11 Individual - $500
Megan Kelly –
Ave Maria College, Essendon
Megan's business specialises in wrapping and presenting gifts for small businesses.

Best Business Plan – Year 11 Group - $500
Kimberly Stamenkovic, Ilsa de Fenyi-Pollet – Point Cook Senior College, Point Cook
Kimberly and Illsa prepared a business plan for an organic supermarket. 

Best Business Plan – Year 12 Individual - $500
Brittany Rogers – MacKillop College, Werribee
Brittany planned an interactive juice bar with a 1970s disco theme.

Best Multimedia Project  – Individual - $500
Mary Phillips – Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School,  Essendon
Mary's business combined showbag shopping with optional shopping tours with a personal stylist.

The 2011  iPAB runners- up are:
Year 10 Individual:
Darcey den Ouden – Emmanuel College, Altona North
Hannah Crabb, Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School, Essendon

Year 11 Individual:
Fontein Sdregas – Mount St Joseph Girls' College, Altona
Corey Foster – Staughton College, Melton

Year 11 Group:
Emily Papachatzakis, Akla Nanayakkara – Mount St Joseph Girls' College, Altona
Alyssa Mifsud, Vanessa Abela, Isabella Sanfilippo— Mount St Joseph Girls' College, Altona

Paige Giles – Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School, Essendon

VU Media Contact:
Ann Marie Angebrandt, Media Officer,
arketing and Communications Department, Victoria University
h: (03) 9919 5487 or 0403 556 001


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