Hunter businesses are investing in their next generation of leaders by supporting the 2018 Ampcontrol Hunter Young Business Minds Awards.
Driven by Young Business Minds Inc (YBM), a collaboration between the region’s key industry bodies and business leaders, the 2018 Ampcontrol Hunter Young Business Mind Awards focus is building bridges between industry, educators and community while encouraging a culture of creativity and innovation by recognising the ideas and achievements of the Hunter’s next generation of business and community leaders.
The team at YBM has announced the major sponsors for 2018, including Awards Naming and Major Sponsor: Ampcontrol; Major Category Sponsors: Harvey Norman – best learning experience encouraging creativity, innovation or entrepreneurialism in the school or classroom; Port Stephens Council – social enterprise ideas created by students Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter – innovative business ideas and solutions from STEM; Newcastle Airport – best idea for a product, service or business from a Young Indigenous student; and Bengalla Mining Company – business, product or service idea from student in the creative industries.
Ampcontrol’s General Manager of People and Engagement, Leigh Stefanszyn said the business is proud to be a part of an initiative designed to grow young minds.
“As a leading technology company that already supports a range of STEM outreach activities across the Hunter, we’re thrilled to be sponsoring the upcoming Ampcontrol Hunter Young Business Mind Awards,” Leigh said.
“We can’t wait to see what kinds of innovative and creative ideas our future civic leaders of tomorrow will come up with at the awards ceremony on November 28.”
YBM Chairperson, Cheryl Royle congratulated Ampcontrol, the other major sponsors and the growing number of businesses from around the region who have committed to supporting the program by purchasing the Business Supporters Pack for $220.
“These awards, now in their second year, are becoming an important link in building greater relationships and connections between industry, business, educators, parents and the NextGens. It is wonderful to see our business community getting right behind the program and our goals,” Cheryl said.
“There are still a number of business supporter packs available and we encourage business to lock in their support before they run out. It is an investment that benefits our kids as well as the region’s communities and economy into the future.”
There is still time for students and schools to enter the Young Business Awards, with entries open until November 10. All entrants need to do is upload a two-minute video outlining their business or idea to the awards link on the Ampcontrol Hunter Young Business Minds Awards website.
Category award winners receive prizes worth $1,000 and winning students also receive free, ongoing support and mentoring through the Hunter Futurepreneurship Program.
IMAGE | Last year’s runners up during their speech – Orchard School Systems – Tyler Regan and Dakota Nicholson.
Young Business Minds (YBM) Inc. is an association bringing together business and government leaders to help develop the next generation of young business minds in the Hunter. Through the Ampcontrol Hunter Young Business Mind Awards, and other initiatives, it seeks to energise tomorrow’s creators, innovators, entrepreneurs and civic leaders.