Wednesday December 6, 2017
Young entrepreneurs aspire during three-day challenge By Julia Czerwonatis
A hands-on business programme encourages high school students in Wellington to explore the business world and launch their own hypothetical enterprises. Members of the Young Enterprise charity visited year 10 students at Queen Margaret Col-
lege last week to launch the BP Business Challenge with the girls. “We have 10 different teams and we’re giving them three days to develop a business idea which they present to us on their last day,” Gavin Miller, Wellington coordinator for Young Enterprise, explains. “Through the programme, stu-
Chorus brings Christmas cheer
Sue Lesley (left) and Moira Liddell muck in at the KCA warehouse. PHOTO: Supplied
Volunteers from Chorus donated their time to Kiwi Community Assistance (KCA) to kick off the festive season a fortnight ago. Moira Liddell from Chorus Wellington got a group of her co-workers together for their annual volunteer day, mucking in at KCA’s Tawa warehouse. “It’s been very good out here, makes you feel good to help out,” Moira says. The group spent the day sorting and stacking all the donated clothes, toys, food, and other odds and ends that KCA collects to distribute to charities working with families in need in the community. It was Moira’s first time at KCA, and she enjoyed spending the day helping out before the big Christmas rush. “They do great work here,” she explains. Head of KCA, Tracy Wellington, says it was great to have corporate groups in for the day. “Everything we do is done by
volunteers so corporate groups can make a big difference, especially in the lead up to Christmas.” The festive season is a busy time for Tracy and the volunteers at KCA. “We have all sorts of treats come through around Christmas, and with our KCA Christmas present drive on the go at the moment we’re hoping there will be plenty to distribute come Christmas Eve.” KCA rescues food, clothes, and other household items from around the city, and distributes it out to other local charities so they can get it to people in need. Last year KCA supplied goods to around 50 agencies throughout Wellington and the Hutt Valley. They rescued 125 tonnes of food which was provided to local foodbanks, soup kitchens and other agencies, which adds another dozen organisations to their distribution network.
dents learn skills they’ll need anywhere – being creative and resilient, and being able to collaborate and work in a team. “While we thoroughly assess their ideas and tell them what could theoretically work and what couldn’t, we want them to dream big so they have the selfconfidence to prove themselves in the real world.” After designing business strategy with marketing ideas, predictions for profit margins and logistic plans during the first two days of their challenge, the students pitch their ideas to a judging panel. Student Brooke Raitt and her crew of seven developed an idea
that would improve water supply in developing countries. “Our product is called Filter Fly. It’s a contraption that aides with the distribution of water in lesser developed countries.” With their portable water tank and “state-of-the-art” filter, as Brooke describes it, Filter Fly would help families in need that have to walk miles and miles to access water. The group developed a prototype filter to purify contaminated water and a proper business plan to get their product out on the market. “Presenting our idea to the judges was quite scary, but now it’s a lot of fun,” Brooke says.
She has taken over the role of the CEO. “It’s cool to put myself in the shoes of a business woman.” After each of the 10 groups presented their ideas to the judges, the panel of local business owners and corporate identities chose their favourite business ideas. Kiwi Klean came the top team with their business idea; the girls invented a rubbish bag for trampers to keep their nonbiodegradable waste with built-in anti-smell function. Second place went to a group who developed a navigation app with an emergency function that would send alerts in case of a major disaster.
The Filter Fly crew with Brooke, Nikki, Libby, Ella, Simran, Harriet, Phoebe and Julia. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
Girls of Samuel Marsden Collegiate collected food, toys and other goods for Pack the Bus last week. It’s a charity initiative organised by The Breeze who visit schools with a bus to collect donations for the Wellington City Mission to help children in need. PHOTO: Supplied
Independent Herald 06-12-17