We are proud to announce our involvement in the 2017 Hunter Young Business Mind Awards!
On the night of the 13th December 2017, more than 200 people attended a function where the region’s future business minds were unearthed by an initiative of the Hunter Region Local Chambers of Commerce that created a leadership environment for young people to be visionary and cultivate business ideas.
The 2017 winners of the inaugural Hunter Young Business Mind Awards are:
Best creative idea for a business or social enterprise developed by a class or school
School: Newcastle Senior School | Project: Chances
School: Singleton High School | Project: Singleton High School Hospitality Catering
School: Belmont Christian College Year 11 Business Studies | Project: Community Café & Garden
Best creative thinking for a business idea or an existing business run by a student
Student: Mitchell Green of St Phillips Waratah | Project – SPCC Bus Paging System
Student: Aidan Essex-Plath of Newcastle High School | Project: Slide Jam Skateboards
Student: Tyler Regan of Tomaree High School | Project: Orchard School Systems
Students: Alexander and Nicholas Morgan of Macquarie College | Project: Lat32
Awards Coordinator, Duncan Burck, said that the Hunter’s business future looks very bright.
“The Awards attracted more than 22 entries. Each of these entries demonstrated great insight and innovation. It is really exciting to see how the next generation of business minds see opportunities today that will shape the way we do business in the future,” Mr Burck said.
The awards were supported by more than 50 local organisations in 2017 with plans to continue and expand the program in 2018.
The Local Chambers of Commerce in the Hunter region, in collaboration with the Hunter and NSW Business Chambers and key stakeholders in education and business around the region, wanted to help our creatives youngsters bring their ideas to life.
- Identifying and recognising young people who have a business now, or have a great idea for a business and then supporting them to develop it outside of the classroom.
- In the business community, acknowledging and recognising those schools and teachers who are innovating in their delivery of learning in creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation.
- Giving our young people a voice and learning how they see business happening in the future.
Outcomes for Business Chambers and Business Community
- Connecting, supporting and developing the youth of the region.
- Improving the ability of the business community to collaborate with the educators in the development and support of our region’s youth.
- An opportunity to engage students and their families.
- An opportunity for the business community to work together.
- Providing an environment to support our youth.
Outcomes for Students
- An opportunity for the students to showcase their creations, business ideas, inventions and innovations.
- An opportunity to interact with local established businesses, and other schools.
- A opportunity for students to develop their concepts into real projects or businesses.
- Supporting their personal growth, with regard to career development.
- Recognising their community supports them as creators, business and social entrepreneurs.
- An improved sense of self-worth.
- Fantastic Prizes.
Outcomes for Schools
- The ability to build relationships with regional and local business communities.
- Recognition of the school, their approach to education and the students coming through their system.
- New opportunities for their students to develop career and life skills.
- Easy program for the schools to participate in.