We are very proud of their selfless nature and the unique and well thought out entries we received.
Share the Spark Inc. is happy to announce our six finalist teams that will be making their business pitch at our Spark Tank Event.
Pitches in age category one (8-16 year olds) are:
Austin & Lucas: E-waste recycling
Chloe & Tegan: Youth Therapist app
Alex & Luka: Project AL Active Life for youth app
Pitches in age category two (17-23 year olds) are:
Rebecca, Nicolas & Jack: Future Tech: STEM program for young people on the autism spectrum
Jvon & Aethan: Vertical micro-green farms
Ethan & Hayley: Sand Bar Project, advising youth on the negative effects of using alcohol and drugs
Spark Tank is similar to the TV show Shark Tank. In this event young people will present their ideas in front of an expert panel to win financial backing and professional business assistance.
Spark Tank contestants are segmented in two age brackets, roughly one for 8-16 year olds and one for 17-23 year olds. Contestants work in their own teams, with at least one person in the team going through (or recently gone through) a ‘hard time’. We won't ask who, but the teams know and they help them out.
Submissions will be evaluated on merit, uniqueness, community involvement etc. and winners will be selected by the Spark Tank Panellists at the actual Spark Tank event, October 29 in Avalon,
in front of a live audience. Tickets are free but space is very limited to reserve your seats now.
The winners for each pitch will receive a 10-week program of business coaching and mentorship with an expert to progress their ideas. Everyone who enters gets professional feedback on their idea.
We have $4000 to award to the winning participants.
Paul is a problem solving web expert with over 20 years in the industry, architecting and developing software in operational and management roles. Since 2002 he has founded and built 2 web development companies to help small and medium sized businesses use the web and web-based systems to their advantage. Through his business he enjoys developing and encouraging the gifts in his employees, working on startup products and partnering with experts in their field to see their vision come to life by creating online software using the latest technologies
As a family man and active community member Paul loves seeing the potential in kids activated and encouraged through sport and any initiative utilising their gifts and interests.
Crystal’s own journey commenced after immigrating to Australia and in 1994 becoming Caltex’s first female franchisee for 15 years in the northern beaches of Sydney, before Caltex recruited her as their National Category Manager. She completed her Master of Business Administration (MBA), before deciding to re-enter the franchising world, going on to manage two highly successful Hire A Hubby franchises with Jim her partner, winning National Franchise twice and Enterprise of the Year awards 4 times. All before incorporating her own first start-up. She has also won Franchise Council Australia Enterprise NSW 2018 and recently the NSW Franchisee of the Year 2018 for Hire A Hubby.
Having been part of the Franchise Sector for over 25 years, and been on both sides of the fence, Crystal understands and has a passion and love for franchising and business. The decision to apply her business coaching skills has become her most rewarding move yet, to purchase a franchise with The Alternative Board.
Keith has spent the last 30 years sourcing new and unique products mainly in Europe and bringing them to market in Australia plus manufacturing his own products in China. Keith specialises in launching new products involving sales, marketing, pricing and promotion.
He is now launching his own product line, How You Work, to help people find out who they are, what they are naturally good at doing, what their talent is, their natural intelligence, 3 top strengths and the careers that best suit them.
Keith is passionate to help people and businesses find the answers to these big questions because research shows that only 1 out of 5 people have the right talent to do well in the work that they have chosen and find fulfilment and happiness at work.
Chau was born in Saigon during the Vietnam war. When she was 4 years old, her family escaped Vietnam along with 160 other refugees on a boat that her father had "borrowed" from the South Vietnamese Communist Party. They were one of the first boat people to arrive on Australian shores in 1978. To her parents immense relief and joy, they were granted political asylum by Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser. From then on, Australia became her motherland.
They settled in Cabramatta in a housing commission estate at the time when drugs were rife in the area. But that didn't really seem to affect Chau. To them, Australia provided such amazing opportunities. Her dad use to say that if you worked hard, you could become anything or anyone you wanted to be!
As a child, she loved to read. Chau remembers reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, with a torch under her quilt late at night, long after everyone was asleep. She did well at school and university. In 1997, she proudly graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Marketing. Chau has worked for a broad spectrum of blue-chip multinationals including Procter and Gamble, Novatis, Selleys and Beiersdorf in various marketing roles. This has allowed her to travel the world and meet so many interesting and inspiring people.
In 2007, her and her husband decided to take a sabbatical out of their busy corporate lives to go live in a treehouse in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Crazy heh!?! During this season of their lives, they opted out of the rat race, stopped comparing themselves to their peers and worked hard at being content with the simplicities of life. It was a radical detour which bought about life changing consequences.
In 2008, Chau and her husband co-founded Hydrant Creative, a boutique design agency based in Avalon, Sydney. Their work philosophy is " Work to live not Live to work." They strive hard to achieve a work life balance. She is passionate about her work and has been blessed with the opportunity to work with some great long term clients such as Panasonic, Amgen and Lincoln Sentry.
Chau is a devoted wife, proud mother of 2 beautiful girls and 1 fluffy male dog. She has a love of all things in the garden, sea and forests. Chau is a huge advocate of empowering young women to reach their potential despite their circumstances.
Jason has run small and large companies in Australia and abroad for the last 25 years.
After finishing his Engineering studies in Australia, Jason jointly ran and technically managed a tram ticketing system roll out in the UK for three years from the age of 22.
Returning to Australia he focused on honing his craft in the access control industry and he soon purchased a small local company at the age of 28. Over the next 15 years his company evolved into a national entity and won a number of national distributorships. After 15 years of ownership he was approached by an Italian multinational who bought his business and Jason stayed on for a period of time to run this business.
Jason's next move was CEO of another Australian engineering business which he set up and ran for a large Australian group of companies. Currently Jason is Managing Director of his own national engineering business and business building again!
Jason has an 'anything is possible' attitude and enjoys the variety and people side of running businesses. He is a keen traveller, property investor and a Kids Mentor for the Raise Foundation
After graduating from Sydney University, Geoff worked as a project engineer with Honeywell for 8 years working on automation projects in Australia, Hong Kong, The Philippines and the UK. Seeking a career change, Geoff entered the Recruitment Industry in 1989 and established Calibrate Recruitment in 1992 specializing in providing recruitment services to clients in engineering, construction, manufacturing, industrial & technology sectors.
In 2014 Geoff completed a trade sale of Calibrate to Tokyo based en-japan inc (JASDAQ listed). Geoff has always been a hands-on recruiter having relied on a strong leadership team to achieve growth to $5m in fees with 20 staff across 2 offices and international affiliations with partners in the UK, South Africa, New Zealand, Singapore, China, Canada and the USA. Geoff is now building an Executive Search and HR Consulting business specializing in the Energy, Utility infrastructure and Technology sectors.
On a personal note, Geoff was raised in country NSW, now lives in Bayview with his wife Christine and their daughters Ruby and Eloise. He is an active investor in property and equities, enjoys keeping fit and passionate about helping others do life well. Geoff and Christine are on the leadership team at C3 Church Oxford Falls where they are passionate about helping people do life well through connect groups and facilitated discussion groups aimed at assisting men navigate out of depression.
Our amazing panel of Sparks have raised over $4000 to award to the winning teams, plus they are donating their valuable time for a ten-week program of business coaching and mentoring to help young people bring their ideas to life!
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