Maybe Mad start-up a mental health winner
TWO young people from Dalby are working to combat the mental health issues faced by many in rural areas.
George Harris and Bridget Ward were declared winners last Thursday night at the Business Navigator’s Pitch Challenge Finals Night.
Combining their love of theatre and their passion for mental health, Maybe Mad Theatre Company uses performance-based education in schools to address mental health issues associated with living in isolated communities.
“We literally just finished university this year and this has really pushed us to have a bit more structure with our business,” Ms Ward said.
“We are so grateful for this opportunity and winning this means we can now travel out to regional areas and help those communities.
“We are really passionate about this so the money means the world to us.”
Mr Harris agreed, saying the prizemoney affirmed a consensus that younger generations should pursue their dreams.
“I would have regretted not doing this and missing out on all these opportunities,” he said.
Ms Ward said: “People should find something they are passionate about and just do it.”
Attracting more than 150 people on the night, the event showcased the business ideas of nine finalists from the Western Downs region.
Other winners include David Abbott in the category of Best Growth Idea, and Naomi Gearon in the category of Best New Business Idea.
The Challenge is supported by the Shell QGC Social Investment Program and its commitment to supporting start-ups and growing businesses.
YOUNG WINNERS: George Harris and Bridget Ward were winners of the Best Young Entrepreneur category in the Business Navigator’s Pitch Challenge.