Student entrepreneurs clinch awards

A group of young business entrepreneurs from Garin College have taken out second place in a national competition.

Ethical Mall, a business that aims to be a portal for the sale of ethically made products, was recognised with the Todd Corporation Award for Young Enterprisers, coming an overall second at an awards ceremony at Te Papa in Wellington.

The Young Enterprise Scheme (Yes) is a programme where secondary students set up a company, create real products or services and make a real profit or loss.

Top of the South regional co-ordinator Robert Panzer said it was a huge win for the team. They were the only team to take out three major awards, he said.

Ethical Mall also won the Xero Award for Innovation in ICT, with judges saying they had the best overall use of technology, and the NZ Aid Award for product-solving a developmental problem, with judges saying their focus on buying and selling only ethical products aligned with the NZ Aid's goal of ensuring a fair and sustainable approach in developing and developed countries.

Their web-based approach also had the potential to more easily link sellers in developing countries with the marketplace. thical Mall consists of chief executive Nick Allison, chief financial officer Joel McManus, communications director Conor Carr, sales and marketing director Callum Turner, and productions director Bret Pomeroy.

Mr Panzer said one of the things that seemed to work in Ethical Mall's favour was the fact it would continue to run after this year. "It's a business for them, to take them through university."

The Nelson Mail