SA’s Enterprising Ideas Celebrated At $20 Boss Awards

SA’s Enterprising Ideas Celebrated At $20 Boss Awards

Two South Australian high schools and their students have been recognised for their entrepreneurial projects at the 2016 $20 Boss Awards.

The awards are the culmination of the month long in-school challenge and recognise young entrepreneurs and the schools that support them, with winners sharing over $40,000 prize money.

Developed by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) in partnership with the NAB $20 Boss helps young participants gain hands-on experience with skills like project management, budget, planning and business that will kick-start their preparation for the world of work.

The winners were announced at a ceremony in Melbourne:

  • Most Enterprising School – Murray Bridge North School(Awarded to the school with the highest average profit per student, high levels of student participation as well as a high contribution to their local community).
  • Social Entrepreneur Award – Feel Good Cookies by Jordan Taylour, Danni Leombrunni, Christopher Kanaris, Jacob Carlier, Casey Smith, Natalie Jeffries from Para Hills High School (Awarded to business creating the greatest social/environmental impact).
  • Most Successful Business Award – Feel Good Cookies by Jordan Taylour, Danni Leombrunni, Christopher Kanaris, Jacob Carlier, Casey Smith, Natalie Jeffries from Para Hills High School (Celebrating an outstanding student enterprise with great growth potential, good profits, strong impact in their community, sustainable and strategic ideas and great marketing).

Jodi Geddes, General Manager Corporate Responsibility, said the program has helped young participants gain hands-on experience in skills like project management, budget, planning and business that will kick-start their preparation for the world of work.

“We know that young people are increasingly interested in running their own business. Small businesses are a vital contributor to the Australian economy. The $20 Boss program gives them the opportunity to get a valuable head start toward that, building enterprise skills and entrepreneurial mindsets.”

FYA CEO, Jan Owen said the program is a prime example of enterprise education in action.

“$20 Boss attracted over 10,000 students from 237 schools across Australia in 2016 – another 10,000 young entrepreneurs in the making. This year’s awards demonstrate the incredible outcomes achieved when students are given the opportunity to flex their entrepreneurial muscle, build their enterprise skills and drive sustainable social change,” Ms Owen said.

“By investing in young people through enterprise education we will equip and inspire them for a radically different future of work, helping them build the confidence, skills and mindset to not only seek jobs but create them.”

About the winners

Most Enterprising School – Murray Bridge North School

Students at Murray Bridge North School came up with a range of business ventures through the $20 Boss program including a lunchtime disco, a coffee delivery service for teachers and a peer-to-peer sport mentor program. Their ideas came about in a number of ways from wanting to have alternate activities to do during free periods to getting students from different year levels to spend time together. Students made over $900 in profit, 35% of which was donated to charities or non-profit organisations which students deemed important.

Social Entrepreneur Award – ‘Feel Good Cookies’  by Jordan Taylour, Danni Leombrunni, Christopher Kanaris, Jacob Carlier, Casey Smith, Natalie Jeffries from Para Hills High School

‘Feel Good Cookies’ was established to spread ‘feel good’ feelings through the small act of giving a cookie to another person with a personalised message attached. It is an easy, cheap way of showing gratitude for or from another person beyond social media.

Most Successful Business Award – ‘Feel Good Cookies’  by Jordan Taylour, Danni Leombrunni, Christopher Kanaris, Jacob Carlier, Casey Smith, Natalie Jeffries from Para Hills High School

Jordan, Danni, Christopher, Jacob, Casey and Natalie created ‘Feel Good Cookies’ to promote the need to support and reach out to peers, with the aim of developing stronger relationships between students. The students made $275 profits through their enterprise and the group is planning to to spread  warm-fuzzy feelings at the end of the year with Christmas themed cookies.

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