A Macleay College student is on his way to creating his business after winning accolades for his grip tape skateboard design.
GeeWhiz owner Riwaz Kazi participated in the college’s Enterprise Exhibition Day, which see students pitches entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of experienced business professionals.
His idea, to create artistic designs on the grip of skateboards, won top prize and investing interest from the judging panel.
“This [GeeWhiz] is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time… it’s something I’m very interested in,” Mr Kazi said.
“People have told me to contact them and people have shown interest so I would like to continue on with that.”
Each year, Macleay College business students participate in the exhibition day to pitch their entrepreneurial ideas.
Dr Jane Hession, the head of the Business faculty, said it aims to enhance the entrepreneurial culture within Macleay College by giving students opportunities to develop their ideas and gain practical skills.
“I think it’s very important in today’s current economic climate that we are now encouraging people to enter into the entrepreneurship realm and set up a business,” Dr Hession said.
“This gives students practical, hands-on experience in the creation and development of a sustainable business.”
Apart from GeeWhiz’s drawn on grip tape designs, other entrepreneurial ideas included apps, imported confectionary, event management and photography.
The company Pinata Pack, which specialises in providing Australians with international selections of confectionary, won the best pitch award and gained interest from potential investors.
“It was exciting hearing from professionals, and people who are in the industry, that they are so excited about our product and they want to make it a thing,” said student and part-owner Samantha Birdsall.
One of the judges, Gen George, founder and CEO of OneShift, an online platform for job-seekers, gave the students some advice for future endeavours, encouraging them to always persist.
“Get out there, give it a crack, no matter what the feedback and just keep pivoting until you get the results you are looking for,” she said. – Jacinta Scott
Photos by Matt Newton.