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Young entrepreneurs rewarded


The business leaders of tomorrow were celebrated in Victoria University’s annual I Plan a Business (iPAB) awards held last night.

Years 10 and 11 business students submitted such innovative ideas as Mobile Wardrobe, an app that keeps track of outfits and shares fashion ideas, a health service for the homeless with fully equipped medical vans, and Nitbusters, a service to help exterminate head lice.

A total of 290 business students from 25 schools across Victoria competed either individually or in groups.

Entries were judged by Natalie Davies, head of customer experience at Momentum Energy and Victoria University alumnus, Leonie Swarbrick from the Victorian Commercial Teachers’ Association (VCTA) and VU staff.

The ceremony took place at Victoria University City Campus and prizes of up to $500 were awarded.

Keynote speaker for the evening was an exemplary role model -- an innovative, socially aware businessperson. Halinka Panzera, VU alumnus and one Australia’s most successful businesswomen, launched BDC Market Intelligence in 1999 and followed this with two more start-ups. Her business model  is one of support and philanthropy and BDC Market Intelligence has contributed more than $1million to local fundraising. Ms Panzera’s work on improving the status of women and children globally has been recognised by the European Parliament.


The 2016 Victoria University iPAB winners are:

BEST BUSINESS TRACK – Year 10 or 11 Individual -- $500
Winner: Maddison Cottle, Ave Maria College, Aberfeldie
Project: DriveThru Chemist
Business teacher: Carmel Rumoro
DriveThru Chemist uses a “click’n’collect” app to facilitate fast, easy collection of prescriptions.

BEST BUSINESS TRACK – Year 10 or 11 Group -- $500 shared between two co-winners
Equal winner: Keely Clark & Scout Else, Ave Maria College, Aberfeldie
Project: KeyFetch
Business teacher: Anthony Spanti
KeyFetch attaches to a keyring and enables keys to be found in two ways.

Equal winner: Brady Hutchinson & Leah Smart, Terang College, Terang
Project: Ladz Lattes
Business teacher: Marg Nuske
Ladz Lattes is a coffee and snack van that receives orders by app and delivers to regional work sites.

BEST SOCIAL ENTERPRISE – Year 10 or 11 -- $500 shared between two co-winners
Equal winner: Sam Hill, Bryce Haley & Lachie Whiteley, Catholic College, Wodonga
Project: Healing Hills Jerky
Business teacher: Alison Leahy
Healing Hills Jerky funds activities for ex-personnel with PTSD from police, fire and defence forces.

Equal winner: Eden Fedje & Travon Werapermal, Berwick College, Berwick
Project: Tasty Burgers
Business teacher: Gavin Watson
Tasty Burgers sells burgers, drinks and chips to raise funds for the homeless.

BEST MULTI-MEDIA SUBMISSION –Year 10 or 11 -- $500 shared between two co-winners
Equal winner: Mikayla Harris-Grey & Melissa Marinelli, Ave Maria College, Aberfeldie
Project: Santa’s Special Deliveries
Business teacher: Carmel Rumoro
Santa’s Special Deliveries sends personalised replies to children’s Christmas letters to Santa Claus.

Equal winner: Maddison Dellar, Beaconhills College, Berwick
Project: The Inside Story
Business teacher: Rodney Gonsalves
The Inside Story decorates properties on the market to help maximise the sale price.


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