Two innovative business products which featured in the November 2 issue of Cambridge News have scored awards at the recent Young Enterprise Scheme Regional Awards.
Bianca Rayner, a member of St Peter’s business team Get Heated, which made their own wearable blanket, was awarded the Leadership Award and CEO of the Year at the event on November 1. Meanwhile, the other St Peter’s team to make the regional final, Hurban Oasis, received the Innovation Award for their hydroponic grow kits. This team included Will Stephens, Alex Thomas, Bodie Mechell, Torbin Stevenson, Isabella Du Plessis and Tom Montgomery.
The Get Heated team of Bianca Rayner, Sophie Brittenden, Juliet Fordyce, Maddy Wilson and Berber De Boer made the top six for the competition and were invited to pitch their business to a panel of judges on the night. Bianca said she wished to give a special thanks to their business studies teacher, Chris Mcleod, who “has always been supportive” throughout the project, which began in March.
“I was extremely passionate about our business (Get Heated) and loved the people I worked with,” she said. “For others to recognise the passion that I had, made me feel privileged.”
Isabella Du Plessis said the Hurban Oasis team was “very excited” about winning their award. “We always knew that our product and design was different to anyone else’s or any other product on the market at all,” she said.
The students were amongst 200 high schoolers from around the Waikato and King Country taking part in this year’s competition. The overall award, Company of the Year, went to Patrick Roskam of Matamata College.