Share the Spark Inc. is pleased to announce the winners who made their business pitch at our live Spark Tank Event in the Glen Street Theatre, Belrose on October 13, 2022.
It was a very hard call for the judges to pick their teams to sponsor as all the presentations were superb. Congratulations to all the young entrepreneurs who pitched at the event!
Pitches in age category one (8-15 year olds):
Cooper T, Thomas, Elias, Charlie & Cooper N: Kids job hub - awarded $3,500
Vivien, Amelia & Sherry: Biodegradable gum - awarded $2,750
Amelia, Lily & Madeleine: Sustainable youth swimwear - awarded $2,250
Pitches in age category two (16-23 year olds):
Jovan & James: Headcount app - awarded $4,000
Rebecca & Grace: Safety jewelry - awarded $2,500
Creativity award for customised shoes - $410 to Armand and Elijah
Vision award for electric roads - $410 to Eddie and Oliver
In addition to their cash award, every team that pitched has six weeks of business coaching with their mentor(s) and a business building workshop from The Officient worth $500 per person.
Brand Package Award - Works Like a Charm and Tween Taskers received a professional branding package worth $3000 each from Relax Brand Design.
Emma is Head of Business Development for a global law firm. She has over 20 year’s experience in leading strategic business plans to develop growth opportunities in the corporate and financial institutions market. Recently she has also been consulting to a scale up organisation in the climate data management space.
Over her career Emma has been involved in a range pro bono activities both in the corporate and not for profit space.
On the side, Emma is also a mum to three children, an ocean swimmer, and an ‘okay’ tennis player.
Anthony is the founder
and Managing Director of id8 Studio with 20 years as a skilled creative director, commercial manager and industrial designer.
In 2002, Anthony established Id8 Studio and has spent the past 20 years growing the business to be one of the leading retail display companies in Australia today. He is fortunate to lead a talented and dynamic team of design, operations and activation specialists, delivering end to end innovative display and category solutions at retail.
Anthony passions include sport and music which take him to the beach, snow fields and the sidelines of sports grounds around the northern beaches watching and encouraging his active family.
Muriel is an experienced business owner, passionate about sales & marketing, brand building and customer relationship management. She has a demonstrated history of entrepreneurship, from starting up a business, managing it all the way through to exiting the market. She brings executive experience in wholesale & distribution, import & export, sales & key account management and team leadership.
She has joined The Alternative Board as a business coach and facilitator and is now helping other small and medium sized business owners on their journey. She is a graduate from AICD and a mentor with Inspiring Rare Birds to educate and support women entrepreneurs and leaders, promoting gender equality in business
It is a privilege to be taken on someone else's business journey and it would give Muriel a great Spark to see these kids reaching their personal and business goals and follow their passion.
Paul is a Chartered Chemical Engineer
with 26 years experience running small businesses in Australia and the US. In 1996, Paul started Dioxide Pacific (premises in Warriewood) which is a manufacturer of water treatment technologies primarily focused on healthcare; industrial; food and beverage water disinfection processes. In 2010, Paul incorporated the same business in the US (Dioxide Pacific Inc) to facilitate sales of the Australian manufactured products through distribution channels in the US.
Ten years ago, Paul founded Paul Grover & Associates which is a consulting business providing design advice in the area of water treatment and water disinfection.
Paul has a keen eye for product and process innovation through invention, R&D, patents and trade secrets. He also has knows what it takes to start and run successful small businesses including all aspects of day to day operation.
Living in Palm Beach and enjoying the local activities: swimming, fishing and walking are some of his leisure joys along with family time (3 adult children and a grand-dog) and being involved at church in Avalon.
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.
Paul proposed the idea for Spark Tank in 2019.
Warren has been a local councillor for the Hornsby Shire since 2017.
He is also a manager of The Persimmon Place, a horticultural enterprise offering primary production of exotic fruit, farm gate experience and hospitality.
Warren says he has always had goals and believes life is a gift that he makes the most of. He likes to represent community and various associations that span local government, home industry, horticulture and foreign affairs.
Warrens other interests include growing things at his farm, being in solved in youth projects both at home and abroad, constructing homes and travel.
Neil has been CEO of Mills Group for the past 8 years, working with many of Australia’s best known retailers and brands across a wide range of products and services. He has worked in a wide variety of roles and industries and gained many business practical knowledges and experiences along the way.
Outside of his most important role as a husband and father of 3 boys, his other passion is football (soccer) and he is involved with his local club as vice-president, coach and player.
At some key points in life, Neil has been fortunate enough to have a few excellent mentors that have helped shape his path and he attributes much of what he has been able to achieve to having had their input.
It’s for this reason that he is involved in Share the Spark and hoping to make even just the tiniest positive difference to someone else.
Francisco always felt he looked at the world differently to others. From a young age things that seemed to be accepted as normal didn’t quite seem so normal to him. He developed a keen interest in expressing one's inner thoughts and found that calling in the arts, in particular the fields of animation and illustration. The study of life and movement and the fluidity of energy as it changes form to best express itself.
That path led him to have a deeper connection with the world around him as well as his inner world. He looked to feed the mind through philosophy and mindful practices, as well as being focused on nutrition and the food in which we consume on a daily basis, and how that affects how we develop thoughts and how ultimately we feel about ourselves.
Today you can find Francisco prepping art installations at various museums across Sydney or getting the final details ready for his soon-to-open organic cafe and workshop space.
Founded in 2011 to address a massive gap for business needing support in marketing and growth, the Officient empowers business owners to navigate the digital world.
Chantal and Ian bring over 40 years of experience from a variety of business (and Life) experiences, sharing with their clients their passion for IT, Marketing, growth and for helping people do what they LOVE.
After a digital health check to quickly identify what’s holding your small business back from growth, they will re-inspire the love you have for your business and help you make it profitable.
Proud sponsors of the 2022 Spark Tank Event, they will help the 6 finalist youth teams prepare and record professional pitch.
They will also be running a special award workshop for the winning teams providing tips to start their own business.
James from Consensus Education will bring his breadth of experience in the communication and debating fieldto the 6 finalist youth teams assisting them with their public speaking and communication skills.
James Smith is the Education Officer at Consensus Education and has taught critical thinking and communication skills in schools for over a decade.
He has been a panellist for multiple state finals of public speaking and debating, and has served as the Chief Adjudicator for the Greater Public Schools Debating Competition, the Schools Debating Network, a NSW Combined High Schools selector, and was contracted as a communications skills advisor to the Independent Primary Schools Heads Association and the Catholic Education Office.
Aside from debating and public speaking, James also honed his business and pitch-coaching skills delivering corporate communications coaching services for many businesses and executives. He has delivered workshops for corporate leaders, lecturers, MBA students and startup entrepreneurs at: AGSM, UNSW Business School, Scentre Group, TOGA, Mirvac, Innovation Dojo, Ribit and more.
Remee and Gabriella are forming a surf camp program focusing on resilience through tackling key issues facing adolescents. The Sparks judges awarded them $3,200 seed funding, a $3,000 brand package, and 10 weeks of business coaching with change expert, Barbara.
Melodie, Alice, Luke, and Rosie are forming a radio station for young people named Radio KBTO - Kids by the Ocean. The Sparks judges awarded them $2,300 seed funding, a $3,000 brand package, and 10 weeks of business coaching with start-up and media expert, Nigel.
Beth and Joe form the team Wasted Potential, the name for their upcycled vintage clothing line that gives back. The Sparks judges awarded them $3,500 seed funding, a $3,000 brand package, and 10 weeks of business coaching with professional business expert, Anne.
Nathan and Tiarna are creating a blog, podcast, and social media community built with one purpose - to bridge the gap between high school and adulthood! The Sparks judges awarded them $5,000 seed funding, a $3,000 brand package, and 10 weeks of business coaching with funding expert, Nikolas.
April, Cienna, Grace, and Skye form Next Step of Nature with their idea to educate young people about how the earth is being treated and how they can help. The Sparks judges awarded them $2,000 seed funding, a $3,000 brand package, and 10 weeks of business coaching with Bush to Bowl founder, Clarence.
Luka and Arjun form the Gaming Anonymous team with their idea to create a peer-to-peer help group and educational app to combat gaming addiction in young people. The Sparks judges awarded them $3,000 seed funding, a $3,000 brand package, and 10 weeks of business coaching with IT expert, Paul.
Hear Rebecca's first-hand insights to gain your edge in this year's contest!
RELAX was established in 2006, after Chris Bowyer, the Creative Director
for the CHILLI GROUP in the UK, (top 100 UK Design Consultancy) relocated
to Sydney to set up a smaller boutique offering. Fast forward 15 years and there are two operations, one based in the UK and the other here in Sydney, both have a major focus on branding and food packaging design.
The Australian team is much smaller, is independently owned and managed by Paul Frost who has the support creatively from CHILLI, and hand-picked chosen designers based in Sydney and around the globe.
The philosophy behind RELAX is to help and support smaller brands, start ups, and challenger brands and the business has helped launch dozens of products to market through creative and unique branding and packaging design.
RELAX is offering professional branding packages to 2 Spark Tank finalist teams.- Brand Strategy - Logo Design - Finished Artwork - The young people will be treated just like regular clients and be taken through the entire branding process, step by step to develop and achieve their own vision.
If you missed our live-streamed event, you can watch the 90-minute recording here. It includes all six finalist teams' pitches, the live Q & A session, and the judges' awards!
Every entry we received from our Northern Beaches youth was about helping others or the environment. 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 winning teams that made their business pitch at our Spark Tank Event 2019.
Pitches in age category one (8-16 year olds):
Austin & Lucas: E-waste recycling
Chloe & Tegan: Youth Mental Health app
Alex & Luka: Project AL Active Life for youth app
Pitches in age category two (17-23 year olds):
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
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