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Oct 26, 2016

Young entrepreneurs rewarded at Young Enterprise Scheme Regional Awards

Young entrepreneurs of everything from dog treats to transport tools were recognised last night at this year's Young Enterprise Scheme Regional Awards at EIT.

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More than 180 students were involved in the scheme and regional coordinator and Hawkes Bay Chamber of Commerce business support manager Kara Lee said she was thrilled to recognise the winners.

"It is so amazing to watch these young people work together to take a product to market in such a short time with limited funds," Ms Lee said.

Ruff Tucker from Iona College won Young Enterprise company of the year for their healthy dog treats, which were made up of 100 per cent dehydrated bull meat.

The team included Year 12 students Gemma Burnside, Lucy Treseder, Emma Wilson and Brennagh Mullins.

They sold bags of Ruff Tucker beef jerky for $10, string walking pouches for $5 and zip walking pouches for $5.

CEO Gemma Burnside said she could not believe they won but it was amazing.

"We just wanted to put our tails out of our comfort zone and explore opportunities. We were all passionate about dogs and realised dog food was a profitable and sustainable product to create."

She said the group were going to continue selling their product until stock was sold out and then would look to sell it to external businesses who could help with production.


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