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"I want to run my own company" - Healthfield High School

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I want to run my own company”: Academy for Enterprising Girls workshop graduates spurred on to start their own businesses

Graduates of the first-ever Academy for Enterprising Girls workshop are already considering how to pursue their business ideas and make them commercially viable.

More than 40 girls at Heathfield High School have used their design thinking and problem-solving skills to pitch ideas in front of a panel of judges including successful South Australian entrepreneurs.

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Year 10 student, Harli, said she learned a great deal during the two-day workshop.

You have to be really hardworking to be running your own company,” she said.

You have to have really strong communication skills and you have to be really clear about what you want to perceive for your business and you have to be confident in your ideas and believe in what you are pitching to other people.

Her team came up with an idea to help keep the children of volunteer firefighters comforted when their parents are called away to battle bushfires.

It follows devastating bushfires in the Adelaide Hills during the Christmas period, which directly impacted several students at Heathfield High School.

We are looking at starting a business out of our idea, which would be really cool.

From this, I really want to run my own company when I’m older,” Harli said.

This Academy for Enterprising Girls workshop was led by not-for-profit Young Change Agents and was the first of 100 to take place across the country this year.

Young Change Agents CEO and co-founder Margaret O’Brien was thrilled to bring Young Change Agents to the Adelaide Hills as part of the Academy for Enterprising Girls. 

“Young Change Agents helps youth see problems as opportunities through social entrepreneurship. By combining student programs and teacher training, we are ensuring that many more girls will be able to develop the entrepreneurial mindset, skillset and toolset that is essential for the future of work,” said Ms O’Brien.

Year 11 student, Jennie Lamb, whose team took out the judges’ top prize said she was surprised by how much her team achieved in such a short amount of time.

“I didn’t think we would be as successful as we were. I thought it was a really big ask but we managed to pull it off.”

The Academy for Enterprising Girls is an initiative of the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA) with backing from the federal government.

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