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Young tycoons plan prize-winning businesses

Nutritious treats for dogs, a women’s clothing store that uses body scanners to electronically fit garments, and a lock controlled by a finger print scan were among the winning business ideas from Years 10 and 11 students competing in Victoria University’s annual I Plan a Business (iPAB) contest.

Nearly 160 business students from secondary schools across Victoria entered the competition, now in its sixth year. The competition requires 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 Beechworth for the awards ceremony at VU’s City Flinders Campus, received up to $250 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, Marketing Manager for Momentum Energy.

The keynote speaker for the evening was Alan Kohler, a highly respected financial journalist who has worked in senior roles at the ABC, The Age and the Financial Review.

The 2014 iPAB winners are:

Best Business Plan – Year 10 Individual - $250

Bethany Martyn-Saw, Staughton College, Melton

Project: The Martyn Clinic
Business Teacher: John Tikulin
The Martyn Clinic is a mental health clinic for children who have suffered trauma.

Best Business Plan – Year 11 Group - $250 (each group winner)

Equal Winners
Chiara Moretta, Samantha Santa-Isabelle – Our Lady of Mercy College, Heidelberg
Project: I Scream Organic
Business Teacher: Jacalyn Vajda, Julie Emerson-Drake
Chiara and Samantha’s idea was to produce vegan, gluten-free ice cream made fresh daily.

Ashlee Brown, Larissa Athanassiou, Taneeka Dasilveria, Ashlea Stafrace – Point Cook Senior Secondary College
Project: Scandalicious
Business Teacher: Lucinda Szechenyi, Lorraine Agius, Ms Rosser
The girls’ idea was a women’s clothing store that uses body scanners to electronically fit garments to the body that are then displayed via a mirror.

Best Business Plan – Year 11 Individual - $250 (each winner)

Equal Winners
Jacqueline Healy – Beechworth Secondary School, Beechworth
Project: Rainy Mondays
Business Teacher: John Hunter
Jacqueline’s project was an online business specialising extreme water-proofed clothing using nano-technology that repels liquids.

Tamsyn Webster – Frankston High School, Frankston
Project: The Little Barkery
Business Teacher: Sally Sanderson, Sarah Toovey
Tamsyn’s project was nutritious dog treats sold through local markets.

Best Multimedia Project  – Individual - $250 (each winner)

Equal Winners
Charlotte Morton – Melbourne Girls College, Richmond

Project: Boadicea
Business Teacher: Simone Bomar
Charlotte’s business was a YouTube video and slide show presentation with musical backing showcasing handmade jewellery available online. Charlotte also won the opportunity to shadow Jason Cunningham for a day.

Laura Fairbairn, Frankston High School
Project: Bare Bodywear
Business Teacher: Sally Sanderson, Sarah Toovey
Laura’s business was a fully developed website for online sales of soaps and beauty products.

Most Innovative Idea – $125

Elise Ceccin, Monica Nicoloski, Gamma Caridi – Our Lady of Mercy, Heidelberg
Project: Access for U
Business Teacher: Jacalyn Vajda, Julie Emerson-Drake
The girls’ project was a lock controlled by a finger print scan to solve the problem of forgotten numbers on combination locks.

Best Business Name - $125

Megan McNabb, Samantha Gange – Trinity College – Colac
Project: It’s Cooking Thyme
Business Teacher:  Luke Featherstone

VU Media Contact

Ann Marie Angebrandt, Media Producer
Marketing & Advancement, Victoria University

Phone: +61 3 9919 5487
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