The Inbetweeners and RestGet were the two business ideas that won the “killer sales” and “killer pitch” prizes at today’s Entrepreneurship Day at Macleay College.
The Inbetweeners, created by students Alexandra Hovan and Langa Solofoni, is an app and website that links employers with students looking for internships. The aim was to get, at first, Macleay students and lecturers to sign up to the app and start applying for internships.
“We are so relieved. We knew this was a great idea and it feels good that the students voted for us, because we want the students to like it and start using it,” said Mr Solofoni.
Henry Beilby and his app idea RestGet scooped the “killer pitch” prize, which was awarded by the three judges: editor and entrepreneur Harriet Farkash; Flow Athletic founder Ben Lucas; and startup expert Christie Whitehill.
RestGet is a phone app that monitors and reports sleep patterns with the aim of helping you get a better sleep quality.
Ms Farkash said Mr Beilby impressed all three judges in his pitch presentation.
“Henry knew his product and he had an amazing passion about his business and his product,” she said.
“It was a great idea and he was very convincing in his presentation.”
Macleay College entrepreneurship lecturer Ronan Healy has been coaching the seven groups of students in their process of developing their ideas over the past six months.
“Even if you are in college, you have to practise like this is the real world,” Mr Healy said.
“This project is helping the students to grow outside college.”
Mr Healy also told The Newsroom that this was the smallest group of business students that had ever participated in the event, which is run each trimester. Other business ideas were a GPS tracker to find golf balls, a bag to store your hair extensions, and an app for training and meal planning. – Story by Rebecka Davidsson, video produced and presented by Sam Pasfield
Picture of winners The Inbetweeners Alexandra Hovan and Langa Solofoni (centre), with Macleay business lecturers Jane Hession (left) and Ronan Healy (right) by Ben Atkinson-James