Students at Henry Lawson High School participated in the NSW Government Brilliant Business Kids awards on Thursday 22 October in collaboration with Charles Sturt University.
The state awards celebrated incredible student business projects that solve problems in the local community. Students developed a pitch for a business that will be sustainable according to the United Nations sustainable development goals.
"The initiative is all about students connecting with businesses in the area to solve problems in an innovative way," Minister for Skill and Tertiary Education Dr Geoff Lee said.
"We have 20 schools from NSW that undertook the program in 2020," 2018 Optus Business Woman of the Year Jo Burston said.
"This is more than twice the intake of last year. We had over 500 students that participated in developing soft skills like strategic thinking, creative problem-solving, collaboration, and resilience."
"I believe that through communities of practice, we encourage students to become more professional and entrepreneurial and perhaps one day start their own business that will in turn create jobs."
The judges said that they were impressed with the high calibre of pitches presented by the students this year.
"The students could have gone into hibernation mode when COVID-19 shut down schools but instead they pushed through and made it to the state awards," Education and Program Director of Startup Business said.
"It is really an incredible achievement that Henry Lawson High School can be very proud of."