Fish Tank 2023 - meet the winners!
Published on 15 May 2023
Now in its fourth year, the initiative presents opportunities for support and mentoring by offering workshops, led by local business leaders and other young entrepreneurs, in practical seminars which help participants shape and refine their commercial ideas.
All the learning culminates in Pitch Night, where young people present their ideas before a panel of expert judges. Judges this year included Unley’s Mayor Michael Hewitson, along with Business SA representatives and Sasha Dragovelic – Founder of Futurepreneurs Launchpad, an enterprise education program. One of the young judges was Lachy Peake, whose idea for a business venture was awarded second place in the senior category in last year’s Fish Tank.
At the recent ‘Fish Tank’ Pitch Night, judges found it challenging to select final winners among the junior and senior groups competing.
In the 12-17 years category, Olivia Masters won first place with her clothing business, 'Cali Collections', while Rory Salmon’s entrepreneurial entry 'Floppy Ears Dog Bakery', creating treats for furry friends, came in second.
In the 18-25 years category, Hannah Tavian’s concept 'Sunny Sensations' focused on beneficial sensory therapy. Hannah won first prize, while Sophie Wigg’s business idea 'Later Learners', an app to help learner drivers achieve their driving hours, came in second place.
The category winners received cash awards as seed finance to assist with developing their businesses, along with business mentoring opportunities.
Congratulations both to the winners and all the young people who presented their ideas to compete in Fish Tank 2023. Thanks also to Business SA for their sponsorship of this event.
The photograph shows (from left) Olivia Masters, Rory Salmon, Sophie Wigg and Hannah Tavian.