Girls may shake up establishment

§ November 4th, 2007 § Filed under Uncategorized Comments Off on Girls may shake up establishment

Business owners in New Plymouth should start looking over their shoulders

If the results of the national Young Enterprise awards are anything to go by, in a few years time the competition about town is set to be very stiff.
Two teams from New Plymouth Girls’ High School, both peddling audio inventions, have earned high praise for their business ideas in the annual competition, with one team gaining third place overall.
Aotearoa Audio has brought in close to $5,000 with its audio book showcasing favourite New Zealand authors.  Team members said they had not even imagined winning a placing when they travelled to Wellington for the awards dinner this week. ‘We were so surprised when we got called out for third. The dinner was really posh and everything so it was quite amazing,” spokeswoman Meg Bartle, 16, said.
But in the calm and collected style that characterised the team’s approach, the girls got up, high heels and all, and made an acceptance speech to a full audience which included Governor General Anand Satyanand.
Along with the second Girls’ High team, iCook, Aotearoa Audio also won a national excellence award – given to only12 groups out of the 624 teams entered. iCook designed a website with downloadable MP3 recipes for clueless cooks and members said while they did not get a national placing, they were still pleased with how their product sold. The team has so far made $880 from advertising on the site and had 500 downloads.