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Young entrepreneurs plan award-winning ventures

An artificial ski slope made from man-made snow, a drive-thru supermarket, and a taxi service for teenagers were among the winning business ideas from Years 10 and 11 students competing in Victoria University’s annual I Plan a Business (iPAB) contest. 

A total of 363 business students from 29 secondary schools across Victoria entered the competition, now in its seventh year. The competition requires business students to put their classroom theory into practice by producing a business plan for the next big idea.

Winners, who came from schools as far away as Colac and Frankston for the awards ceremony at VU’s City Flinders Campus, received up to $500 for their efforts. Entries were judged by two VU alumni: Jason Cunningham, media finance guru and founder of the multi-million dollar Carlton accounting firm, The Practice; and Natalie Davies, national marketing manager of Momentum Energy.

The keynote speakers for the evening were Alan Kohler, a financial journalist who has worked in senior roles at the ABC, The Age and the Financial Review, and VU graduate Chanel Costabir, founder of the online store, The Lingerie Boutique.


The 2015 Victoria University iPAB winners are:

BEST BUSINESS PLAN  – Year 10 or 11 Individual - $500 shared between two co-winners

Equal Winner: Toby McCarney  –Trinity College, Colac

Project: The Peak
Business Teacher: Luke Featherstone - 5233 9200
The Peak is an artificial year-round outdoor ski slope created with innovative snow technology.

Equal Winner: Leen Al-Sharea, Sirius College – Broadmeadows
Project: Shopping List
Business Teacher: Sebnem Arslan - 9301 5800
Shopping List is a drive-thru supermarket offering top brands and efficient service.

BEST BUSINESS PLAN  – Year 10 or 11 Group - $500 shared between two co-winners
Equal Winner: Vivian Nguyen, Chloe Pio – Point Cook Secondary College, Point Cook
Project: Teenage Taxi
Business Teacher: Kerry Rosser - 9395 9271
Teenage Taxi is an app-based taxi service to transport teenagers to pre-registered destinations.

Equal Winner: Ellie Lipman, Catherine Terry, Charlie Nakervis – Berwick College, Berwick
Project: Pay it Forward
Business Teacher: Melissa Quenette - 8768 1000
Pay it Forward is a restaurant where patrons can pre-purchase a meal for someone in need.

BEST SOCIAL ENTERPRISE – Year 10 or 11 - $500 shared between two co-winners
Equal Winner: Tiffany Brady, Samantha Trudgett, Riley Nawacki – Berwick College, Berwick
Project: Think About It
Business Teacher: Chris Sacco - 8768 1000
Think About It is an online stationary store for students that supports Indigenous education.

Equal Winner: Harrison Lowe, Joseph Dodds – Catholic College, Wodonga
Project: Beats from the Street
Business Teacher: Alison Leahy - (02)6043 5500
Beats from the Street provides music education to homeless teenagers.

Adamantia Kambouropoulos – Victoria University Institute of Technology
Project: Love Yourself
Business Teacher: Louise Moss - 9919 7898
Love Yourself is a beauty salon that provides cosmetic and therapeutic services.

Chelsea Gardner – Woodleigh School, Langwarrin South
Project: Cirque-us
Business Teacher: Michael Stephens – 5971 6100
Cirque-us offers circus entertainment for private parties, corporate events and festivals.

Photos of winning students with their awards are available.

Media Contact: Ann Marie Angebrandt: 03 9919 5487, 0401 100 576 or [email protected]



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