Agribusiness students star at Young Enterprise National Awards

Agribusiness students star at Young Enterprise National Awards

9 December 2016

St Paul’s Collegiate School’s Year 13 graduates Angus Kelly, Ben McColgan, Hugh Jackson and Connor Gordon were awarded the Innovation Award at the Young Enterprise National Awards in Wellington on Wednesday night.

The team’s winning invention, the Crankholder, was created as part of the Agribusiness programme at St Paul’s and aims to make post-hole boring safer and easier for farmers.

The invention can be attached to a trailer or farm bike to increase stability and helps farmers bore holes without the heavy lifting usually required.

Young Enterprise CEO Terry Shubkin praised the Year 13 students’ ability to identify their target market and solve a problem for farmers.

The Young Enterprise National Awards recognised student teams who were taking part in nationwide Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme which attracted more than 3400 students.

Each team was challenged to create a small business and of the 3400 students who entered the competition only two teams gained national recognition for their efforts.