Students' products put to test at market
A blossoming business idea involving daffodil rings won recognition for a group of Nelson College for Girls students at the Nelson Market.
The students, including Kayleigh Inglis and Ali Webb, developed the $79 silver rings with Benjamin Black Goldsmiths.
Their Vivacity project, which has links to the Cancer Society, was judged the standout of the 23 teams of young entrepreneurs trading their wares as part of the annual Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Trade Fair at Montgomery Square on Saturday.
They receive a free market stall for four weeks and $100 cash.
Nelson College students Sean Young, Tom Bone and Michael Chalice made an international impression with their uniquely designed ties.
A woman who owns a clothing store in Boston was impressed with their work.
She told them bow ties were out and ties were making a comeback, so she took their contact details.
The boys ordered materials from Wellington for the ties, which are made on the Kapiti Coast. What makes them different is that just five ties are made of each design.
"It gives you a feeling of having something no-one else has," said Young.
Nayland College students Francesco Grasso and Caleb Beattie were selling 100 per cent natural hand sanitiser made from concentrated lemon juice and colloidal silver.
They had to research the benefits of colloidal silver as an antibiotic and found it helped acne, warts and open sores.
They saw a gap in the market and jumped in.
The boys said practically learning about business was a great experience.
Students from Garin College, Nayland College, Nelson College, Nelson College for Girls, and Buller High School showcased and sold their products and services at the market day.
Top of the South YES co-ordinator Robert Panzer said it was great to see such quality and innovative products being made by the students.
The experience built student confidence and there were four or five ideas presented by students, which he thought could be taken further.
"They are creating their own pathways and jobs," Panzer said.
Judges for the competition include Nita Knight from the Nelson Market, Melissa Hutcheson from the Economic Development Agency, and entrepreneur Rick Weldon.
They rated Wild Bee's second and Bean's natural skincare third in the top teams to receive vouchers for their outstanding efforts."
"Now all the businesses need to keep up the momentum and add marks to their YES results as they work towards the regional awards ceremony and function on October 17," said Panzer.