Detachable work shirt sleeves claims the ‘Winning Pitch’ title at the Brilliant Business Kids Festival


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Students, teachers and parents from across Australia united at The University of Sydney Business School for a national pitch competition – all with a focus on ideas which addressed agricultural issues. Reducing weeds using drones and making vertical farming more accessible through affordable modular units were just some of the innovative ideas put to the judges.

The Brilliant Business Kids Festival was the successful culmination of the AgriFutures pilot program. The program funded seven Australian secondary schools to take part in an exciting education program across one term that taught high school students in rural and regional Australia how to solve problems facing agriculture, using innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset.

Kempsey High school teacher, Gavin Saul said the AgriFutures program shows young people how the skills and mindset of entrepreneurs can allow them to create their own jobs.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. As a teacher of this pilot program, I was somewhat unsure of the whole outcome, though after experiencing the program and Brilliant Business Kids Festival, the growth of my students and my personal experience has advanced immensely in this area of study.”

The final element of the program saw participating schools gather for the Brilliant Business Kids Festival. The Festival was officially opened by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Treasurer, Mr Jonathan O’Dea, who spoke about the importance of educating young people on the skills they need to be prepared for entering the workforce of the future.

Lead Facilitator for CSIRO’s ON accelerator programs, Brian Dorricott, delivered the “How to build an idea” session at the Festival.

“I got involved with the Brilliant Kids Festival because agriculture is key for the future growth of Australia and, as a country, we are under utilising the expertise and knowledge of our all communities especially those in rural areas.

“I could see by the engagement and excitement of the students and teachers during the “How to build an idea” session that every nuance was being understood and would be acted upon. The earlier people know this, the greater impact they will have on their future and the prosperity of Australia. I feel privileged to be a small part of their journey,” said Mr Dorricott.

The Festival concluded with a national student pitch competition before a panel of judges. The students had all taken part in the AgriFutures pilot program and it was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the learnings, outcomes and success of the program with government, academia and industry.

The ‘Winning Pitch’ title went to Fionne Garchitorena and Jorja Moon from Pyramid Hill College in Victoria. The student’s business name was Farm Safe Sleeves, detachable sleeves to provide protection for farmers’ clothing getting stuck in machinery.

The High Schools who took part in the AgriFutures program:

Kempsey High School, NSW
Gympie State High School, QLD
Ulladulla High School, NSW
Loxton High School, SA
Wynyard High School, TAS
Pyramid Hill College, VIC
Boddington District High School, WA

Read the full report for more details on the 2018 AgriFutures pilot program.

Applications are now open for the 2019 AgriFutures Learning in Action Program. Visit our webpage to find out how your school can get involved.

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