This year, we built on the success of last year with a few new additions to the program. We introduced a hybrid approach using our own purpose-built LMS system supplemented by live masterclasses and offered a $5000 investment to the winning business!
The mentees entered the program with a variety of business ideas, from teaching to fashion. And our YoungGems demonstrated the true entrepreneurial spirit of passion and dedication throughout the program as they steadily progressed their ideas through our real-world masterclasses. After an intensive 12-weeks of online learning and virtual sessions from our founder and award-winning entrepreneur Gemma Manning, as well as YoungGems™ mentors, the mentees gathered at our Innovation Centre in Perth to unveil their businesses to the world.
When it was finally time for Pitch Night, the mentees were ready to pitch their idea to a panel of judges and showcase their businesses to the broader community. Every YoungGem pitched with passion, purpose and confidence, showcasing how far they had come and the skills they had learned throughout the program. But there could only be one winner, and Mark Ajero blew the judges away with his pitch for sustainable fashion business Treendy.
The YoungGems did a fantastic job, and we are super proud of them all. It is always so rewarding to see our program assist up-and-coming entrepreneurs in finding their feet, passion and purpose and truly shine. A big thank you to the City of Canning and Multicultural Futures for supporting the program and to the judges, MC, and special guest Mayor Patrick Hall for their involvement in making Pitch Night a success.