A tasty, allergy-free treat idea has led to a South Coast student being crowned Wollongong’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2023 Young Eyes Festival.
Eight students from across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven took part in the final of Pitchfest as part of the festival, which saw them pitch their unique business ideas to some of the country’s top business leaders.
Over 70 students from across the Illawarra and the Shoalhaven took part in the schools-based entrepreneurship program delivered by Wollongong’s Zig Zag Hub.
The best competed in a preliminary round of judging a month ago with the cream of the crop then going into the final on Saturday at the Wollongong Town Hall.
Nowra Christian School student Isa Chapman, 13, was crowned the overall winner for her business idea of Cosmic Cookies, a completely allergy-free range of cookies and treats the aspiring baker has created herself.
Among other ideas pitched by students were a multisport training program, a universal key, schools-based gaming tournaments and hand-crafted shoes.