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Nov 03, 2017

Young entrepreneurial Timaru students come up with some high-tech solutions to business briefs

Students pitched some truly innovative business ideas at the recent three-day Timaru BP Business Challenge.

Timaru BPBC 2017

From pest destroying drones to ear buds that translate different languages, young entrepreneurial Timaruvians were showing off some big ideas during a recent business challenge.

About 60 mainly Year 10 students from each of Timaru's high schools took part in a New Zealand Young Enterprise BP Business Challenge last week.

Students from Roncalli College, Timaru Girls' High School, Timaru Boys' High School, Craighead Diocesan School and Mountainview High School were put into groups of about five people.

Mountainview High School teacher Murray Kuperus said the groups were given three days to come up with a product that met the specifics of the brief they were given.

The challenge was a good opportunity for the students to put their problem solving skills to the test, and develop their business skills, Kuperus said.

On Friday, the students were busy presenting their ideas as a group, six times to six different judges.

Roncalli College teacher and Young Enterprise New Zealand roaming teacher for Timaru and South Canterbury Regan Powell said it was great that the teams were able to come up with some "cool ideas" given the time frame they were working within.

The winning team came up travelbuds, an ear piece and app programme that instantly translates languages into English and vice versa, Powell said.

"This group was a clear winner," he said.


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