The $20 Boss program backs young people to build, design and deliver a business with real money, and real consequences. And young people thrive with the challenge! This year a number of our most incredible $20 Boss businesses were awarded as winners and high commendations at FYA’s national Unleashed Awards and were flown to Melbourne to accept their award.
Further to those awards, our $20 Boss State and Territory Awards recognise $20 Boss business winners and high commendations from each state and territory for the Rookie Enterprise of the Year, years 7-9 and Rookie Enterprise of the Year year 10 -12.
We are also announcing the winners of the $20 Boss Like a Boss Awards. These awards celebrated our $20 Boss businesses with the best logo, the highest profit and the best business acumen with strategy and planning, marketing and promotion reach, community impact and innovation.
The team behind ‘Sweet and Savoury’ saw the need in the school community to provide an affordable lunchtime option. The store sold a variety of pizzas and homemade chocolate chip cookies, bringing sweet and savoury to all. They used recyclable and reusable packaging products to reduce waste and made more than $200 in profit, with some being donated to a charity of their choice.
‘Bubbles and Balm’ aimed to combat mental illness in the community. They targeted those who prefer a relaxing, luxurious spa experience within the comfort of their own home. They sold homemade bath bombs, lip balms and bath salts. The science behind making bath bombs proved to be more difficult than they had originally thought, and forced them to rethink and restart the development process several times. However, the team at ‘Bubbles and Balm’ persevered, and make a profit of more than $200.
‘KROWN’ were able to recycle t-shirts turning them into a work of art through home made tie dying. It wasn’t all smooth sailing for ‘KROWN’ when they realised they required a side business of selling popcorn in order to earn enough money to continue their t-shirt business. This resulted in profits of $100 in just three weeks!
‘Smiles Photo Booth’ wanted to create a sense of community in their school by setting up photo booths around the school. They invited students to come and make unforgettable memories of high school by taking photos at their handmade booths. Backdrops and props were made from recycled materials, customers were able to have their photographs taken, printed, framed and purchased on the spot. All profits were donated to ‘Headspace’ to support people with mental health issues.
‘Manly Manure’ noticed the people in their community were time-poor and needed a hand getting ready for springtime gardening. They also saw a need for increased awareness of Prostate Cancer, hence the creative name ‘Manly Manure.’ They resourcefully collected manure, advertised and ran a manure pick up day for their customers. The day also involved selling sausage sizzles to hungry customers. They made and donated an amazing profit of over $450 to Prostate Cancer.
‘JJJL services’ saw a gap in the market, their community needed and affordable gardening and odd jobs service for people who struggle with manual labour or require a helping hand. The business had a positive social impact not only locally but also globally as they donated all profits to ‘Transform Cambodia’ charity.
‘BrownEE’ sold healthy homemade brownies made from ethically sourced ingredients. ‘BrownEE’ were incredibly thorough in their research to make sure the ingredients used were 100% ethically sourced. They also encouraged their customers to bring their own container or simply go without to reduce the amount of plastic wastage. It was a challenge finding information about ethically produced ingredients but their dedication paid off and increased the awareness of ethical food products amongst their customers. ‘BrownEE’ made $577.80 in profit in eight days and donated all of it to a charity of their choice.
‘ChewyTime – Bubble Tea’ wanted the students at their school to embrace the diverse culture of their community. Through market research they found one commonality within their market, bubble tea. They introduced the special Taiwanese drink loved by all, to bring people together who otherwise would not have connected. ‘ChewyTime – Bubble Tea’ made over $150 in profit, half of which was donated to the schools current charity, ‘Lighthouse Foundation.’
Sometimes enterprises begin with one intention in mind but end up being something completely different. ‘Gummy Lollies’ is an example of just that. What originally began as a 3D printed ‘squishee’ toy concept soon became a massive challenge for the entrepreneur in all aspects of the word. Materials just didn’t work with the printer and time was running out to either fix the error or come up with a new idea. What could have been viewed as a logistical nightmare became a crucial pivot point for the business. Thus began the new venture of homemade gummy lollies made from self created 3D printed moulds. This product not only stood out from the competition, the canteen, but also utilised marketing tools and advice provided by an industry mentor. Innovation and perseverance were key to the overall success of ‘Gummy Lollies.’
‘The Serve Squad’ wanted to address the issue of low income earners not having affordable options for new clothes. When people donate clothing to charities, they are generally secondhand. The team behind ‘The Serve Squad’ wanted to donate brand new clothes to charities because they believed that we all deserved to have new clothes, including those in need. They raised money for this cause through a door knocking campaign that rewarded supporters with the incentive of delicious doughnuts. They earnt more than $300 which they used to buy and donate boxes of new clothes to their partner charity, ‘Clothesline.’
‘Hashies Hashbrowns’ demonstrated how, with a little creativity, a simple food business has the ability to make a powerful social impact. They served hot hash browns with a variety of fresh toppings for their school community, to combat the issue of having no canteen. They wanted the food to be delicious and healthy whilst also helping out farmers suffering from the current drought. They supported farmers by using Australian grown and made ingredients. This initiative not only provided for the school community but also raised profits of over $400, a small sum was donated to the ‘RUOK?’ foundation.
‘SPLA (Save, Protect, Love Animals)’ wanted to spread an awareness of animal cruelty while supporting other animal lovers. ‘SPLA’ sold a variety of pet supplies and even animal bookmarks for all animal lovers. All products were homemade using environmentally friendly materials. As a final touch, ‘SPLA’ included facts about animal cruelty in every product. All their profit was donated to RSPCA.
Scented candles are now an essential item to have in a home. However, it is not all environmentally friendly. ‘Wick and Flame’ wanted to change that. They created aromatic soy candles that are biodegradable and last longer than a normal candle. They made over $250 in profit which they donated to the TEAR foundation to help those in need. They are planning to continue their business throughout the holiday.
‘Hope Collection’ made handcrafted fashionable earrings from scratch, using well-priced materials. The products were thoroughly tested to be not just fashionable, but also durable. The earrings were sold to raise funds to donate to a cancer research initiative. Thanks to its popularity, ‘Hope Collection’ products are still selling well today!
‘B and J Droolers’ sold homemade dog treats. They researched to make sure they used safe and nutritious quality ingredients. They paired up with a local dog-walking business to make the most out of their marketing. ‘B and J Droolers’ dog treats became so popular the biggest challenge they faced was keeping up with the orders. They made more than $500 in profit.
The founders of ‘The Littlest Thingz’ wanted to create a product that provided relief from anxiety and ADHD, something they struggle with in their own lives. They decided to make slimes, kinetic sand and soaps as they had calming and therapeutic qualities. The products were sold both at school and online. They noticed their product became a conversation starter and began raising awareness of mental health and well-being through their products. ‘The Littlest Thingz’ have decided to continue their business online following the end of the school’s trading period. All profits were donated to a charity which supports the families affected by disability.
‘Sweet Skin’ aimed to raise awareness of youth mental health. They chose to sell a product that could relieve the stress of the consumer whilst also promoting conversation about mental health and donating profits to a mental health charity. ‘Sweet Skin’ made and sold organic stress-relieving face masks in their local community while spreading a message about youth mental health. They donated all of their profit to ‘Headspace’ in support of their work in youth mental health issues.
Netball is the most participated female sport in Alice Springs. ‘Net4all’ wanted to create a mixed netball league that was cheap, fun, and open to anyone and everyone, regardless of age, gender and playing experience. Their mission statement was ‘changing rules, changing stereotypes’. They were able to get the local community involved in hiring a space, running a marketing campaign while changing the stereotype attached to netball.
‘ThriftTea’ converted pre-loved teacups into pretty mini gardens. They aimed to reduce waste in the community by reusing, recycling and re-imagining. They also supported the local charities by sourcing their materials from op-shops. They marketed through other established local businesses with the same target customers.
‘Soul Food Soup Kitchen’ is run by three students with a passion for serving good food. The team cook hearty soup and make fresh bread rolls at their school. As the name suggests, the food is comfort food at its best, there is nothing better than to relax and enjoy others company over a meal. The kitchen is still in operation and generating profit.
‘WRS Treads’ used recycled and donated clothes to make fashion statement scrunchies. The business filled a niche in the market as cheap but good quality scrunchies were not available. They custom-made each scrunchy by hand and the business was a massive success. They even appeared on the local council social media feed and donated profits to charity.
‘Buy from our Closet’ is an online business selling pre-loved clothing to it’s customers. The business operated solely online, marketing through social media and word of mouth. The team wanted to help teens be able to wear branded fashion at affordable prices. The business has been overwhelmed by orders and are still running today!
‘Lan Xian Translation’ offered translation service to schools around them. For their first project, they translated the school’s website to be more accessible to overseas students and especially those in their Beijing sister school. Their service tackles to make an impact in many different areas of social problems, such as inclusion, cultural diversity and accessibility. They are discussing deals with other schools in their network to expand their business.
The ‘3S Scents’ used donated dye, wicks and wax, recycled jars, coffee cups, tea cups and saucers to make eco-friendly scented candles. They decorated the products using pre-loved materials; ribbon, lace, string and beads. The business was in line with the local council’s initiative of reducing and managing waste. They made $319.30 in profit.
‘Bliss Bath Bombs and Candles’ sold handmade products bath and beauty products ranging from lip balms to fragrances promoting positive body image. $350 of the profit was donated to ‘OneGirl’ in Uganda to support their Business Brains Project. Which means, while the customers of ‘Bliss Bath Bombs and Candles’ enjoyed a relaxing time using the products they also supported disadvantaged girls in Uganda to start their own enterprise.
The team from ‘Feel Good ‘ aimed to promote positive vibes and social well-being in the school community through a food venture that included homemade smoothies and shakes. It was a big success and they culminated in an enormous profit of over $400 . They generously donated all of it to the RUOK? Foundation.
Dough & Co. set out to raise awareness amongst the A.B. Paterson College community about those suffering daily with life-altering and threatening diseases and donate the profits of their cookie dough business to charity. Customers waiting in line were handed a short story of a child suffering from a terminal illness whose life had been impacted by the groups chosen a charity, Make-A-Wish Foundation, which was awarded 100% of their total profits. A comprehensive advertising campaign and quality product led to the social enterprise generating an astounding $1,759 in profits.
The team behind ‘Cookie Rookies’ enjoying baking so much they wanted everyone else to have a go as well. They created a jar filled with pre-measured, pre-packed dry cookie ingredients. All you had to do was add minimal wet ingredients and bake to indulge in delicious, hot homemade cookies. They made over $250 in profit and still counting.
‘Cake This’ changed the reputation of vegan food while spreading an awareness of animal cruelty involved in the food production process. The customers were impressed about how delicious their vegan cupcakes were. Many of them changed their minds about vegan food. ‘Cake This’ raised $125 in profit and donated all of it to the ‘Ten Lives’ cat shelter and ‘Dogs’ Home of Tasmania’.
The team behind ‘Classy Cupcakes’ had a passion for animal well-being. They sold homemade cupcakes to raise money for the RSPCA. They struggled to find the right commercial kitchen for production in the beginning, however, managed to work with the school community to solve the problem. They made more than $100 in profit and donated all of it to RSPCA.
As a part of each business, is a logo that makes every business unique. $20 Boss’ businesses are no different. The students this year went above and beyond to make their logo professionally schmick, here are the national winners who Designed Like a Boss!
“JHAMS Car Wash” went above and beyond in their design thinking to promote their car washing service. They paired a beautifully simplistic logo with a catchy slogan that were used across a variety of visual advertisements. The Minlaton District School crew’s hard work paid off with a high demand, fully booked out for the entirety of market month, service. Final profits of over $250 were admirably donated to Guide Dogs Australia.
The team from “Feel Good” at Tumut High School aimed to promote positive vibes and social well-being in the school community through a food-based venture that included homemade smoothies and shakes. The group were able to expose their brand through a beautifully designed logo used across social media and a print campaign. This culminated in an enormous profit of over $400 generously donated to RUOK? Foundation.
At $20 Boss we encourage the students to reach their full potential as young entrepreneurs. Part of the program is generating profit through the business itself, that students can either keep, divide amongst their business if they have worked on a collaborative basis, or donate their profits to a charity organisation. This year, we are awarding students whose businesses made a considerable amount of profit.
Turning over large profits is not an easy feat, especially with only $20 start-up capital and a short time frame for running the business. ‘Shorn the Sheep’ team from Flinders High District High School took this task an absolutely crushed it. They managed to identify a high demand area in the community, manure aka the liquid gold of fertilizer, and got it free of cost by offering to clear the shearing sheds of local farmers in return for their manure. Even the packaging was free of cost, recycled seed bags collected from local gardening businesses. Identification of a large gap in the market and free production costs resulted in a substantial profit of $1003.85.
Dough & Co. set out to raise awareness amongst the A.B. Paterson College community about those suffering daily with life-altering and threatening diseases and donate the profits of their cookie dough business to charity. Customers waiting in line were handed a short story of a child suffering from a terminal illness whose life had been impacted by the groups chosen a charity, Make-A-Wish Foundation, which was awarded 100% of their total profits. A comprehensive advertising campaign and quality product led to the social enterprise generating an astounding $1759 in profits.
Part of the program, is we ask students to outline how they plan to start their business, source their materials, market their product etc. but also recognising a gap in the market, and developing a product to generate some profit. These Business Plans provide the backbone for the students’ organisations, and are an excellent learning tool for the future, for the participants to be able to apply both their enterprise skills.
‘Smiles Photo Booth’ wanted to create a sense of community in their school by setting up photo booths around the school. They invited students to come and make unforgettable memories of middle school by taking photos at their handmade booths. Not only did Smiles Photo Booth offer both an innovative product and service that filled a gap in the market of the school community but they also produced an incredibly comprehensive business plan that set their business up for success.
The team behind the ‘CCC cafe’ wanted to fill the gap in the market for warm and cheap drinks at their school. The idea seemed straight-forward but they identified multiple obstacles standing in their way. As a result, they developed a 13 step business plan to power through the challenges. The concluded the venture with $475 in profit and donated it all to the ‘World Youth Day’ team at the school.
Selling a product is never easy. You have to advertise something that you have created, and convince others to purchase your product. That is why we are awarding those, who have gone above and beyond, as part of the $20 Boss program, whether it be creating websites, engaging the local community etc. We encourage every student, to push themselves to enhance their business.
‘Pawfect Popcorn’ sold popcorn to raise money for the Guide Dogs Victoria. They had to spread the word widely and effectively to make this happen. They used a variety of techniques to market their product. There was a website (www.pawfectpopcorn.weebly.com), a catchphrase “we be poppin”, a logo, handmade posters, business cards, samplers, anything you could imagine! You could not escape from hearing about them at their school and they donated all their profit to the Guide Dogs Victoria.
The team from Feel Good at Tumut High School aimed to promote positive vibes and social well-being in the school community through a food-based venture that included homemade smoothies and shakes. The group were able to expose their brand through a beautifully designed logo used across social media and a print campaign. This culminated in an enormous profit of over $400 generously donated to RUOK? Foundation.
What students choose to do with the profits that they generate, is open ended. Some will choose to give back to those in need, and we here at FYA, would like to reward their sense of selflessness.
It’s not easy to find a delicious and nutritious snack in the schoolyard, especially if you have dietary requirements. ‘Cake Pop Mania’ wanted to fill this gap by selling homemade gluten-free chocolate cake pops during lunch time. Customer feedback was always at the heart of the business making ‘CakePop Mania’ a popular alternative option for everyone. The business made over $400 in profit and it was donated to a charity.
The team behind the ‘CCC cafe’ wanted to serve the school community by selling affordable hot drinks but also wanted to serve a bigger cause. They teamed up with another hardworking social group at the school to support the World Youth Day. They made $475 in profit by operating their cafe and donated it all to the ‘World Youth Day’ team.
FYA adores students, who keep their ideas innovative, and unique. Allowing them to stand out from the pack, and utilise their full potential.
‘Little Succers’ wanted to make growing plants even more environmentally friendly. They did not like seeing beautiful plants living in a plastic pot, so they decided to make pots out of recycled materials such as Newspaper. They sold a variety of plants including succulents, tomato seedlings and other herb seedlings. They grew each seedling from the seeds and nurtured all plants until they were strong enough to sell. They made enough profit to split it in three ways and donated $100 to a charity.
‘Essentially You’ created long-lasting, safe and ethical scents using only two ingredients. Coconut oil and essential oils. Cutting down on the harsh chemicals not only made the product safe but it also made the price cheaper. Their products were competitive in the market and they were able to make more than $180 in profit. All their profit was donated to farmers in NSW experiencing the drought.