Lunch­box lads pocket $3000 for idea

Central Leader - - NEWS -

A lunch de­liv­ery ser­vice has earned two flat­mates the top gong at a Unitec Grad­fest awards cer­e­mony.

An­drew Grea­tex and Tyler Pea­cock from New Lynn were handed $3000 in en­ter­prise fund­ing at the Mt Al­bert cam­pus on Novem­ber 27.

Their business idea, Lunch­box, al­lows cus­tomers to log-in to a web­site or app, or­der from a range of listed restau­rants and have their pre-paid dish de­liv­ered pip­ing hot to their desk on the back of an elec­tric trike.

The meal pack­ag­ing is be­ing cre­ated from 100 per cent biodegrad­able com­pressed sugar cane.

Grea­tex and Pea­cock’s idea came about through the En­ter­prise Chal­lenge, a pi­lot pro­gramme de­signed to draw out en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit across a com­mu­nity of staff, stu­dents and se­lected mem­bers of the pub­lic.

‘‘A year ago Tyler told me about an idea for a lunch de­liv­ery ser­vice to de­liver of­fice work­ers great meals to their desks – all credit to him – and we started work on it while I did my sec­ond year of a bach­e­lor of business in op­er­a­tions man­age­ment,’’ Grea­tex, 24, says.

Pea­cock, 27, is the mar­keter and dig­i­tal de­signer of the two.

Through the Mt Al­bert Cam­pus Chal­lenge their idea was sub­jected to a work­shop and Dragon’s Den­style de­vel­op­ment and judg­ing process.

Run­ner-up Jonathan Hick­man, pock­eted $2000 to­wards his dig­i­tal meal­time plan­ning idea, My Cook­build.

The 34-year-old Te Atatu fa­ther and so­cial prac­tice masters stu­dent had be­come heartily sick of hear­ing him­self and his wife ut­ter the unin­spired phrase: din­ner tonight?’’

Hick­man imag­ined a web­site and mo­bile app with easy recipes you can drag and drop into a meal plan­ner, work out the cost of the meal and share the recipe with friends.

If su­per­mar­kets get on board, mem­bers could see where to go on

‘‘So what’s for any given day to buy listed in­gre­di­ents at the best prices, he says.

‘‘This model also gets the kids in­volved. If they’ve been part of the plan­ning of the meal, which is fun, they are more likely to eat it,’’ Hick­man says.

Mt Roskill’s Joshua Perese, 22, was sec­ond run­nerup. He’s been mad about waka ama since he was 12 years old.

As a boat­build­ing stu­dent he never dreamed he’d get to test a long-held business idea while he was com­plet­ing the trade course. But through some business anal­y­sis, Perese dis­cov­ered he could de­sign and build boats in New Zealand for almost half the price he was spend­ing to bring them in from Tahiti. The ves­sels are de­signed to be more buoy­ant than mar­ket mod­els, there­fore able to carry heav­ier pad­dlers.

He earned $1000 through the com­pe­ti­tion.

Ser­vice: Tyler Pea­cock, left, and An­drew Grea­tex from Lunch­box.

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