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Year 8 Students Face the Shark Tank

This semester, our Year 8 cohort was challenged to develop a social enterprise linked to one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Students had the opportunity, on 22 November, to showcase their efforts with a Trade Show and ‘Shark Tank’ experience. The Trade Show displayed over 25 exhibits spanning the full range of the Development Goals. The notable Trade Show exhibits, recognised by the judges, included: BeeBox; CatPax; Dela-ca-sea; Duffel Donator; F.A.B; Green Stationery; Herb Culture; Jewellery for Justice; Koala Way; Tanglo.

Twelve teams then braved the ‘Shark Tank’, pitching to a judging panel of four business people from Redland City including Nick Kamols, an entrepreneur from Powerwells; Rebecca Grugan, owner of Montessori childcare in the Redlands; Colette Torrance from Redland City Council and Melissa Bartho from Ormiston College.

Students pitching in the ‘Shark Tank’ had to make a five-minute presentation and, at the end of the pitches, students as well as the judges, had the opportunity to vote for the best social enterprise idea and best pitch.

In an unanimous vote, Green Stationery won both the student vote and the judges vote. Dela-ca-sea and FAB were commended for their pitch and ideas by the judges and BeeBox was commended for the best idea not pitched. The students also nominated Tanglo for the best idea not pitched.

All teams have been selected to visit several start-up precincts in Brisbane during Term 1, 2019 to further develop their social enterprises. Green Stationery has also been given the opportunity to pitch at the Startup Redlands night, supported by Redland City Council. The teams will also attend the Youth Entrepreneur Summit on 21 June 2019 and the Youth Start-up Weekend 22-23 June, 2019. These events are to be held in Redland City and are supported by Ormiston College.

Thank you to the large contingent of parents who came along to support the Trade Show and ‘Shark Tank’ pitches.

Annette McArthur

e-Learning Teacher Leader