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Hunter Young Business Mind Awards


As the world becomes increasingly interconnected and dynamic, the skills required for successful employment are evolving rapidly. Participating in the Hunter Young Business Mind Awards (HYBMA) helps to cultivate the innovation and entrepreneurial skills that our NextGen will require to be future fit for tomorrow’s workplaces. HYBMA encourages young people to solve real world problems in categories which fold seamlessly into the school curriculum.

 

This year’s entries are due in by October 9. To enter, students must create a simple pitch deck and submit a 2-minute video of their idea. Primary students work as a classroom in the category of sustainability. Secondary students and those under 25 choose from the categories of sustainability, business or social enterprise, creative industries, and design and technology.


In 2018, Belmont Christian College year 11 students won two awards. The Business Studies teacher, Mr Ross Urane, recommends the awards to students and teachers at other schools and already has one student who has entered this year.


“Anything that inspires our young people is great,” said Mr Urane. “These awards deliver the opportunity for innovative thinking and problem solving … something that will become critically important in their future. We already run a Shark Tank expo where students pitch their ideas, so entering the pitch into the awards is not difficult.”


The HYBMA website is full of useful resources for students, teachers or parents. It’s not too late to get those entries in. Winners receive $1000 and runner-ups $500 at an awards ceremony on November 15. Visit www.ybma.com.au.

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