Meet the 2017 Upstart Challenge Young Entrepreneurs of the Year

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Last Monday we welcomed 230 leaders from business, education and community to an inspiring evening of amazing entrepreneurialism at our Building an Entrepreneurial Community featuring the 2017 Upstart Pitching Showdown.

Six teams of finalists too to the stage to pitch their business ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs and angel investors - Georgia Beattie, Startup Victoria, Maurice Grasso, Melbourne Angels and serial entrepreneur, Nick Stanley, Runway Geelong.

Once again, the judging panel and audience were blown away by the quality of the pitches presented by these teens, with Maurice Grasso commenting, Some of those presentations were better than some I and Melbourne Angels see from Founders pitching for serious money."

Young Entrepreneurs of the Year

Scarlett Moroney and Ella Johns, Year 7 & 8 students at Sacred Heart College, took out the 2017 Young Entrepreneurs of the Year Award with their pitch for Flo - a positive mind-set and mental health app that they are planning to roll out to schools.

Josh Walker and Josh Lepore, Year 12 students at Covenant College, were Runners Up for Vintage Apparel, a shopping platform that connects sellers and buyers of vintage clothing.

The People's Choice award went to Yasmin Tigani and Phoebe Campbell for Pockets on the Move, a storage solution for wheelchair users.

Congratulations to all teams on their hard work, persistence and resilience throughout the entire Upstart Challenge!

Eyewitness Startup Launches

Serial Upstarter and Smarter Tech Award winner, Zac Rushbrook launched his startup Eyewitness at the event. Zac worked with Enterprise Monkey to develop his app that facilitates easy communication within a community.

Check out Eyewitness:

Thank You to our Supporters

We also need to thank our wonderful mentors and sponsors who have given their time and support so generously to make the 2017 Upstart Challenge bigger and better than ever!

Check the gallery for more photos from the night, thanks to Pam Hutchinson Photography


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