Young entrepreneurs shine bright

30 August, 2017

The future of WA innovation is in safe hands if the talent on show at the inaugural WA Young Entrepreneur Program (YEP) is any indication.

The program ran for nine weeks and culminated in the WA Young Entrepreneur Program Expo in July.

It is run by the Innovation Institute and supported by CCIWA and Apprenticeship Support Australia (ASA).

YEP provided students from three WA schools—Applecross SHS, Girrawheen SHS and Coodanup College—with weekly skill sessions, guest speakers and mentors in entrepreneurship and innovation education.

Sixteen teams from the schools pitched their original innovation ideas for the chance to be the first YEP Expo champs.

The judging panel consisted of representatives from CCIWA, City of Wanneroo, City of Mandurah and Bendigo Bank who were impressed with the high standard of innovation ideas and entrepreneurship spirit evident on the day.

City of Mandurah mayor Marina Vergone said YEP was a "game changer" and provided an incredible opportunity to skill young people for the future workforce of the 21st century.

The top three place-getters at the YEP Expo were Applecross SHS for its fashion accessory, Chic Magnet; Girrawheen SHS for Cinecar, a mobile drive in cinema, and Coodanup College’s Footy Cam—football viewed from the perspective of a football.

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