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Student stories - Business

Awards keep coming for entrepreneurs

Two teams from ACG Parnell College have scooped awards at the Young Enterprise Scheme regional awards for Auckland.

Team Rippl (pictured above) are working to change the way deaf people interact with their environment. They have developed a ‘sleek and stigma-free’ wristband called The Pulse that translates users’ auditory environments into a series of comfortable vibrations, helping deaf people to “feel their space.”

They received:

  • Regional award for Thinking Big
  • National Excellence award
  • Entrepreneur of the yearArnav Shetty

Ripple team members are: Tiffany Chee (CEO), Dylan Surti (Finance), Derek Chow and Leanne Chew (Marketing), Horace Lee (Communications) and Arnav Shetty (Production), all in Year 13.

Let Them Eat Cake NZ won a Regional Award for Business Management. The team, comprising Year 13 students Emma Burns, Sylvia Brewer, Emily Grant, Lakisha Patel and Madison McKillen, has developed a vegan cupcake mix which is now being sold at New World, Farro and the Auckland Museum.

Both teams have been recognised in previous Young Enterprise rounds and team Rippl were also named finalists in Callaghan Innovation’s C-Prize competition, which challenges entrants to create the next generation of wearable technology.

Team Rippl will now head to Wellington on 6 December for the national awards event.