Enterprising students win award

A team of entrepreneurs from Springbank School has won the Northland young enterprise company of the year award, out of 200 students and 50 teams.

Vanish Productions also won the Top Energy company of the year title, for teams north of Whangarei together with the Enterprise Northland award for technology and innovation and the Northtec prize for excellence in business management.

The team, comprising David Smith, Michelle Thackwray, Peter Ralph, Nadine Amsler and Anja Christensen, are now going to the nationals in early November where they will compete for the company of the year title.

They were one of five companies chosen nationally to present their business product to MOVAC, an investment group that backs exceptional people with world-beating ideas. The Springbank team’s ultrasonic bird scarer for boats is seen as having the potential to earn several million
dollars.

A second Springbank School YES company, LIMET, was nominated for two awards and placed second in the Top Energy company of the year category. Springbank’s YES team, VibeFM who have set up a Kerikeri radio station on 88.1FM, were MCs at the Northland awards.

The Bay Chronicle