Students pitch business ideas for Collie

Year 7 students at Collie Senior High School came up with four new business ideas as part of a Be Your Own Boss program. Photo: supplied
Year 7 students at Collie Senior High School came up with four new business ideas as part of a Be Your Own Boss program. Photo: supplied

Virtual reality tours and food experiences are just one of the new business ideas pitched by a group of Year 7 students at Collie Senior High School recently.

As part of the school’s Be Your Own Boss program, facilitated by Operation Next Gen’s Kerry Anderson, the students met with local business owners, skyped with entrepreneurs, and workshopped potential business ideas before pitching the best ones to the community at the end of Term 2.

A marron farm, a memorial museum and a combined skating rink and rock climbing business were the other ideas seen to have the potential to create tourism and business in Collie.

“The students started their business ideas by looking at problems that needed solving which was a tip from Moshi Moshi Marketing’s owner, David Byatt,” Collie Senior High School head of humanities Kelly Walker said.

“The students had a mature approach to the topic and came up with some feasible ideas for Collie in the future.”

Shire president Sarah Stanley said she was impressed with the ideas generated by the students.

“As we look towards the future of Collie’s economy, we would do well to be inspired by the optimism and enthusiasm of this group of young people,” she said.

“There are many opportunities waiting to be taken up by bright young minds, particularly in the tourism and creative sectors, aided by advances in technology.

“With the right network of support around them, they can prosper personally and contribute to our overall success.”