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. Check them out here
Further to those awards, our $20 Boss State and Territory Awards recognised $20 Boss participants from each state and territory for the Rookie Enterprise of the Year, years 7-9 and Rookie Enterprise of the Year year 10 -12. Other businesses were awarded the high commendations for these categories for each state and territory.
This year we would also like to introduce the $20 Boss: Like a Boss Awards. These awards celebrated our 20 Boss students with the Best Logo, the Highest Profit and the best business acumen with strategy and planning, marketing and promotion reach, community impact and innovation.
Dusty Design Hair Chalk, wanted to create something that would allow them to stand out from the crowd. Encouraging people to express themselves through colour, Dusty applied coloured chalk to their customers’ hair, advertising their business through; posters, word-of-mouth, and heads-up marketing. Dusty Design Hair Chalk, were able to make $54 profit from their business, and donating some of the proceeds to charity.
Juicy Sushi was a student operated Sushi Stand, motivated to develop a healthy alternative to the sugary lunches being sold around the school. With their Smoked Salmon and Avocado sushi roll leading the charge, with the Teriyaki Chicken Sushi roll followed right behind. Juicy Sushi were able to generate $181 profit, donating a considerable amount to Operation Christmas Child
The Change Makers is a collective of students, all working together to create a market stall day for their school. The collective’s businesses ranged from juice stands, tie-dye goods, baked goods, face-painting and heaps more. Developing video ads for facebook, digital ads, for the school newsletter, and wearing and using their products before their market stall day, The Change Makers are looking to double their donation from 2016 of $750. Their Market Stall will run on the first week of Term.
Caffeine Wash, developed what every adult loves; enjoying a coffee whilst having their car cleaned. Caffeine Wash employed a customer price setting strategy, which is quite different from many business today., Using social media, flyers, and word-of-mouth as their platform, Caffeine Wash were able to raise awareness and money for Youth Suicide Prevention, with 100% of their profits being donated to charity.
Remember as a kid when trading cards were all you would play with during lunchtime? Maybe it was AFL, Yu-Gi-Oh or Pokemon, regardless, trading cards are back and Bitbuddies are leading the charge. The students at St Leonard’s College have developed an entire trading card game, that’s affordable and fun for the whole family. Students were able to raise $240 for charity from proceeds of their Bitbuddies. Trading cards are back!
People are often busy during the week, and don’t always have the time to wash their cars, with the addition of no car wash facility on Christmas Island, it can be difficult to find the time to accomplish this chore. That’s why the students at BOSSCI have developed their Wash @ Work initiative. Having raised a total profit of $1720, the proceeds will go towards funding the school’s trip to Cocos Island in November to investigate the startups that are happening there.
Wanting to celebrate the beauty, uniqueness and the self-worth of every woman, Loops for Love developed a range of quality, handmade jewellery. Motivated through their own personal experiences, and research, Loops for Love also complemented each piece of jewellery sold, with cards that told messages of encouragement, acceptance, and love. Loops for Love have donated all of their proceeds to the Ovarian Cancer Foundation.
You know how you’re always losing your earphones around the house? Earphone Mate have developed the solution, that we all need: an environmentally friendly stylish case just for your earphones. With homemade cookies being served, and a massage service also, this business is highly diverse and innovative. Check out the website for Earphone Mate here: https://sites.google.com/view/earphone-mate/home
Colour Splash was created to kickstart vibrant-colour products that would help brighten people’s moods, make them feel good about themselves and stand out with their personality. Utilising products like t-shirts, pillowcases and canvas shoes – Colour Splash would tie-dye products such as t-shirts, pillowcases and canvas shoes that are customised for customer, or using popular colours that were identified from their extensive market research. They sold over 80 products and made over $320 profit, taking advantage of tourists and travellers exploring the sunny QLD coast.
Henry was able to use firewood, and wood destined to be green waste, into unique wood accents, cheese boards, and breadboards. Able to turn something that was going be discarded, into beautiful, reusable products, suited for every household. All of the proceeds raised by Henry, were donated to education projects in Phnom Penh, to aid the development and education of the leaders, and changemakers of tomorrow.
Bits and Bobs developed their business based off their ability to recognise a gap in the market. At the time, Father’s Day was fast approaching, and people needed custom cards for the occasion. Custom designing the cards from the photography to the inscriptions, Bits and Bobs were able to donate 100% of their proceeds to Transform Cambodia. Check out their website here: http://kbgsbitsandbobs.weebly.com/
Hold Me Beer, were able to focus on a more boutique approach to wine rack storage, and beer storage, (just what every adult needs), instead of creating a more general racking. Using recycled Pine Pallets sourced from the town itself, Hold Me Beer is committed to aiding the fight against deforestation. With the business able to be expanded in the near future, Hold Me Beer, Drink Storage is sure to be a hit within coming years.
Bin Blasters is a collective of four young entrepreneurs who saw the need for a cleaning business in their town. Beginning as a Wheelie Bin cleaning business, they quickly grew into a window and car cleaning service also. Able to generate considerable amounts of profit, the Bin Blasters were able to donate $161 to charity, and if you need a “wheelie” clean bin, give the Bin Blasters a call.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, we all know this. This is why the Chicken and the Pig, dedicated themselves to ensuring students and staff who arrive at school without breakfast have something to start their day. Creating gourmet, and most importantly nutritious, egg and bacon rolls for the staff and students of St Philip’s Christian College, ensuring that everyone has a healthy start to their day, and are full of energy.
After being inspired by Nasty Gal Founder, Sophia Amoruso, the students saw an opportunity to capitalise on the upcycled fashion trend by creating their own vintage and second hand online store in Alice Springs. They curated clothes from local op-shops, family and friends and then revamped them to reflect current fashion trends. Only halfway through their venture at the time of submission, they made over $260 dollars and plan to continue operating the business after $20 Boss program.
Tackling the appalling conditions experienced by farm animals, all the while creating a high quality product, Garden Gravy would remove faeces from farmyards for free from local property owners and then bag them up and sell them to garden enthusiasts to put them on their plants. They’ve raised over $300 so far, and are considering this as a future business they would like to keep running.
Heavenly Scent are committed to creating an invigorating soap, that does not use ingredients that would damage the environment. By using environmentally friendly ingredients such as Poppy Seeds, Flower Petals, or even Cocoa Butter, Heavenly Scent was able to create awareness regarding the global environmental issue of deforestation. Heavenly Scent were able to generate $1205 in sales, and managed to donate $480 to WWF in support of raising awareness of deforestation.
ASAS Rainbow Run is a fun/colour run with loads of extra features, such as: Sausage Sizzle, Face Painting, a Ninja Course, and even a chance to throw some sponges at the teachers. Giving the chance for Year 12 students to let loose a little, the ASAS
Remember when you used to arrive at school, and it would be freezing? Or you desperately needed a pick-me-up but didn’t want to get your fourth energy drink for that week? The Students at Hobart College created what they dubbed; Coffee Stop. Aiming at giving students the chance to purchase a nice warm coffee, or hot chocolate when they really need it. The students at Coffee Stop also donated all of their proceeds to the Leukemia Foundation.
Making full use of school facilities, Blue Moonz is a student run restaurant, operating on Saturday nights serving a small numbers of patrons (6-10), giving the restaurant a very intimate feel. So far, Blue Moonz has been successful so far, and is anticipated to keep running, for quite some time. If you’re ever in Tasmania, get down to Circular Head Christian School for a private dinner.
Students at Mentone Girls Grammar have put a twist on the anonymous valentine. For this collective, they have chosen to deliver chocolates with a positive anonymous message from other students. Promoting positive communication between year levels, and wanting to put a smile on people’s face, is what Sincerely is all about. “Four for you Glen Coco”
Rent a blanket is exactly as it sounds: students could rent a blanket during their recess and lunchtime, in order to stay warm whilst outside during the cold Melbourne winter. As an added benefit, you would also receive a chocolate chip cookie with your blanket. This project was built to raise awareness of what those without a home experience everyday,, with half of Rent a Blanket’s proceeds raised being donated to St Vincent De Paul to help against the plight of homelessness in Melbourne.
Australian Recycled Clothing (ARC) was developed to help address the growing issue of waste. They became even more inspired after watching an episode of War on Waste on fast fashion learning that 6 tons of clothes are thrown away every 10 minutes in Australia. ARC developed their business by collecting clothes from op shops that have a range of defects such as missing buttons, stains and rips and reselling them after either fixing them or salvaging them for recycled shopping bags. The repaired clothes were sold on Gumtree and the shopping bags were sold at the local shopping centre. All profits will be donated towards the education of Orphans in East Timor.
Having recently learnt about the issue of plastic bags and the damage they are doing to the planet students decided to help contribute to solving the issue by creating homemade tote bags to members of the community. The bags come in a variety of colourful designs, as they are made using second hand duvet covers. They are very sturdy and can therefore be used to hold groceries or any other items you need to carry around. The team advertised their business through various community groups of including at dance school, co-workers of their parents and staff at the school. The team saw great success with the local Woolies and Coles starting a ‘ban the bag’ campaign in their local community.
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!
The students at Korowa Anglican Girls chose to develop real cocktails, without the alcohol: Mocktails.
Mixing healthy, refreshing fruit together, creating the Summer vibe that everyone loves. Showing that you can have a good time, without risking harm to your personal health.
Custom t-shirts are always a fun item to have. With a fun item, you need a clean, sleek design to portray your business. The students at Warracknabeal Secondary were able to do so, with their logo, pictured on the right.
Having developed over $300 profit, Tees Pleese are continuing to sell their custom order t-shirts, keeping their business in full swing.
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.
Eden has utilised her fantastic artistic ability, and taken it to create a business selling her unique artwork. Each piece is made to order, making every single drawing that much more special. Eden plans to use the profits she has made, to further develop her business into the future. Eden’s profits over the running of the program totalled over $400, and plans to make much more down the road.
With Rugby season fast approaching, students at Southport School QLD, saw the opportunity to raise some money by selling mouth guards to prospective rugby players, and employing the classic fundraising method of a sausage sizzle. In just one month, the students were able to raise an amazing $2113.25!
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.
My Edible Slime. Designed to help kids to manage their stress levels, acting as an alternative to the traditional stress ball, My Edible Slime have managed to recognise a gap in their local market, and have developed a product that it is able to fill that void.
Keeping their product innovative has allowed My Edible Slime to see a need that students at St Philip’s Christian College have, and planned and developed a product that is both fun and unique.
The students at Cedars Christian College have teamed up to create two businesses, each operating in different forms. “The Snack Shack” was run during school, selling cooked hot chips, sure to be a hit amongst the kids during recess and lunch.
“Mow n Co” is a business built on the oldest chore, we all had to do as a kid: mowing the lawn. With the added feature of giving your lawn some style, the Mow n Co is the only business to trust with your gardening needs.
Cedars Christian College, were able to develop a 2000 word business plan, using business tools that are required at a University level of education, such as what’s known as a SWOT Analysis. Keep the hot chips coming, and the grass looking fresh!
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.
Taking the classic approach of the homemade chocolate chip cookies, Cookie Delight just wanted to put a smile on people’s faces. They were able to go that extra mile, by developing a fully functioning website where people can place their orders for delivery.
Choosing to go the more classic route, with posters and business cards to promote their business, whilst also developing a full website, Cookie Delight have performed well in their marketing approach.
The Gleam Teeth project was twofold. First selling restored old bikes to increase capital, in order to purchase wholesale teeth whitening kits, to sell in the local community. Besides being a fantastic approach to the $20 Boss program, Gleam Teeth were able to market their business by developing an Instagram account, using the social media platform to its full extent, as well as gaining 4400 followers in just under a month.
As well Instagram, Gleam Teeth developed a website for the teeth whitening kits. All up Gleam Teeth, were able to develop a profit of $1818, using an impressive marketing scheme.
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.
Pop and Pamper have developed hand made therapeutic bath bombs and bath salts, in their pursuit to raise funds for someone very close to them. Pop and Pamper, have decided to donate of all their funds to a young mother who works tirelessly as a speech therapist, who now has the battler of her life ahead of her, after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The students are doing all that they can to help, giving back to those who give their all, every day.
The global environment is continuing to deteriorate as the years go by. A huge contributor to the destruction, is the use of plastic bags, as such the students at All Saints College, have decided to aid in the battle against environmental pollution.
Creating their eco-friendly tote bags in plentiful designs and colours, they are designed to hold many items such as the weekly shopping, Eco Bags are made from old doonas purchased from local op shops and sewn into handy bags giving them a new purpose
FYA adores students, who keep their ideas innovative, and unique. Allowing them to stand out from the pack, and utilise their full potential.
Surf Wax is almost an essential item to have if you’re living on the Gold Coast in sunny QLD. Developing their very own organic surf wax, the students at Palm Beach Currumbin High School, kept their product unique, something never seen developed in the $20 Boss Program.
Although they were unable to develop a profit, come Summer 17/18, the surf wax is sure to be a huge hit. Johnny Utah and Bodhi are sure to be the first customers next season.
Wanting to develop a product that would make people more safe in their homes, a group of students from St Philip’s College decided to develop peepholes to be installed on front doors, in response to the rising crime rates in the local community.
Keeping their project individual, Fisheye Security have managed to keep their peepholes environmentally friendly, producing no carbon emissions, or pollution. With the added security, hopefully this helps to address the issues troubling the local community