The Newcastle Business School was proud to announce that the winners of this year’s Year 11 Business Plan Challenge were Luke Ellis, Harry Johnson Holmes, and Samuel Pearson. The team from Merewether High School presented their business: ‘Build-a-Burger’ in front of other finalists, teachers, University staff and a panel of judges.
The finalists, from Chevalier College, Hornsby Girls High School, Merewether High School, and Shore School, were the chosen plans from around the state. The four finalists were given 15 minutes to pitch their business plan to the judging panel, Robert Allen, Senior Management Accountant, Resource Division; Trent Bagnall, Director, Slingshot; and Dr Alicia Kulczynski, Lecturer in Marketing at the Newcastle Business School.
Catherine Seamer of the Newcastle Business School was enthused by another record year of entries with over 500 students participating. This year marked the 11th year of the Challenge and Dr Michael Seamer, Director for the Challenge, emphasised the great sense of accomplishment students should feel for reaching the final round given the hundreds of plans submitted.
Each year the Year 11 Business Plan Challenge invites a distinguished representative from the business community to address the students participating in the final. This year we welcomed Kristi Granata, HR Business Partner for Hunter Water. Kristi emphasised the importance of following your passions while studying, and also urged the students to explore the possibilities that new opportunities could open up to them.
Congratulations to all of the students and teachers involved. The winning team accepted a prize of $2500 to share between them, as well as a $2000 scholarship for each student to study with the Faculty of Business and Law. Recently elected Newcastle Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes, presented the cheque to the winning students.
The teams that were runners up on the day each received a cash prize of $1000 to share between them while the each of the schools represented in the final were given $500 from the Business School.