The Young Entrepreneurs Program Pilot (YEPP) came to a conclusion on Saturday, 17 November with six participants pitching their business ideas to judges Paula Luethen MP for King representing the South Australian Government’s Department of Education, Mayor Glenn Docherty City of Playford and Mayor Karen Redman Town of Gawler.
The judging panel awarded Francie winner for her business pitch on kindness cards. The Stretton Centre will sponsor Francie to participate in Business SA’s SAYYES program, she will also receive 12 months free co-working access at the Stretton Centre in order to support the continual development and execution of Francie’s kindness cards business idea.
The young entrepreneurs’ pitches were judged across three categories:
- Business concept; and
Francie had tough competition with a number of great ideas presented by her colleagues. An people’s choice award was also provided to Tamika for her business idea to launch a infant photography business. Enterprising Partnerships awarded Tamika a contract to the value of $200 in support of her business idea.
Well done to all YEPP participants who were also awarded a graduation certificate on the night from Paula Luethen MP.
To ensure that all YEPP participants have the tools to continue to develop their business idea they will each receive:
- Six months free co-working access at the Stretton Centre;
- The Stretton Centre will facilitate an internship / work experience opportunity with a local business in their chosen industry to assist further develop their business idea;
- The opportunity to participate in a 1:1 business support meeting; and
- Option to be profiled on the Stretton Centre’s social media channels.
Through the advocacy of the Hon Tony Piccolo MP YEPP was officially launched at the Stretton Centre on Friday, 16 February 2018 by the former Education and Child Development Minster Susan Close. The YEPP is funded by the State Government through the Premier, the Minister for Human Services and the Minister for Industry and Skills.
The program was established to support young entrepreneurs transform their innovative business idea into a productive venture or social enterprise.
The pilot program was delivered to eleven young people aged 16 to 25 years, living or studying in the northern suburbs of South Australia. Participants were provided hands-on coaching, mentoring from industry experts and other young entrepreneurs and participated in bi-monthly workshops called ‘stretch days’ at the Stretton Centre, with the Program facilitated by Enterprising Partnerships.