Olivia's win­ning busi­ness idea

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - Front Page - Rachel Can­ning

A school project has turned into a busi­ness re­al­ity for a Taupo¯ teenager, and her dad James Moore says she’s even put aside her so­cial life to put time into it.

Tauhara Col­lege Year 11 stu­dent Olivia Moore won sec­ond place at the na­tional fi­nals for the Young En­ter­prise Scheme (YES) held in Welling­ton re­cently.

The fi­nal was the cul­mi­na­tion of the busi­ness year where stu­dents cre­ate and run their own busi­ness. Com­pet­ing against 21 other fi­nal­ists from through­out New Zealand, the judges were im­pressed with Olivia’s 100 per cent ve­gan meal top­pings prod­uct and her mar­ket­ing pre­sen­ta­tion to the health­con­scious mar­ket.

Olivia, 15, trav­elled to Welling­ton with mum Sheree Moore, sis­ter Brooke and Tauhara Col­lege busi­ness stud­ies teacher Kylie Sar­gi­son. She says get­ting there on time was a con­cern.

“We got on a plane in Ro­torua at 10am for the 1.25pm pitch, and the plane was de­layed an hour.”

They made it in time, and Olivia gave a fiveminute pitch to the YES Dragon’s Den judges. She says her pre­sen­ta­tion was up­dated from the re­gional fi­nals and she had prac­tised it at school.

“They said I looked re­laxed. But I was ner­vous.”

Olivia says she and sis­ter Brooke in­her­ited an in­ter­est in food from her mum and grandma who are both into cook­ing.

“Mum’s food is re­ally de­li­cious and she is re­ally into healthy food. We are all fight­ing to get into the kitchen.”

Never ex­pect­ing to use her pre­pared ac­cep­tance speech, she found her­self mak­ing yet an­other speech that evening in front of 400 or so peo­ple.

“Ms Sar­gi­son said she was re­ally proud of me and has been re­ally sup­port­ive this year. [Tauhara Col­lege as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal] Ms Mertens was re­ally ex­cited for me.”

The win­nings will be put to good use in up­dat­ing the prod­uct pack­ag­ing, de­vel­op­ing a new al­ler­gen-friendly prod­uct line, and find­ing a big­ger space for pro­duc­tion.

Olivia is look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing on with the YES pro­gramme at Tauhara Col­lege.

Photo / Sup­plied

Tauhara Col­lege stu­dent Olivia Moore (right) with her sec­ond place tro­phy and teacher Kylie Sar­gi­son at the Young En­ter­prise Scheme fi­nals in Welling­ton.

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