Young NBCS entrepreneurs win Just Start IT Gala Final 2016 in Perth

Last term groups of Year 9 and Year 10 students at NBCS pitched their business ideas for the opportunity to represent the school at the Just Start IT Gala Finals in Perth. The winning pitch on the night, "Perfect Party Pack", then went on to win first prize from a group of 25 schools.

Congratulations to Caitlin Air, Alexandra Morgan, Sophia Carabetta, Thomas Palmer and Rohan Tait.

Just Start IT aims to connect learning to the real world by providing hands-on, practical experience in developing a start-up business. Over 18 weeks the students worked in teams to create a viable technology-powered start-up, taking their ideas from concept to product.  The culmination of the program was an investor night where five entrepreneurs and the audience of peers, parents and teachers were invited to nominate a team.

The team from "Perfect Party Pack" developed their idea after one team member was planning a birthday party and struggled to find all the supplies they needed, within a limited time frame. Further research showed that this is a common problem for parents with young children. They also found it difficult to plan a party in the easiest, fastest and most cost-effective way.

In addition to prizes and media interviews, the students learnt valuable lessons about working as a team to achieve a goal. “Our teamwork played a key role in getting us to the Just Start IT finals in Perth. We built on ideas and learnt from one another to develop and create a better product.”

The Just Start IT program was an elective offered at NBCS to students in Year 9 and Year 10. Much of the work was undertaken in class, with mentors coming in to help shape the students' ideas. Across the class seven teams worked on a variety of ideas, and although not all progressed to the finals, each group gained valuable business skills and knowledge.

The students appreciated having such real-world learning opportunities available to them. “We are able to learn in such an innovative way. Our experiences at school have helped us develop a wider knowledge of the outside world.”

NBCS offers a breadth of learning experiences for its students. The community is invited to experience this for themselves at Showcase on 24 August, from 4pm to 7pm. This open afternoon is an opportunity to see the breadth of learning that occurs at NBCS from Kindergarten through to Year 12.