Dunedin pupils’ haircare business a national winner

Pupils from a Dunedin secondary college have been awarded 1000’s of {dollars} after popping out on high of a national business competitors.

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (Yes) Company of the Year awards had been held in Wellington on Tuesday night time, through which pupil-led corporations had been recognised for his or her excellence.

More than 4600 pupils participated within the scheme this 12 months, with over 1000 new corporations between them.

The general winner was Sole Haircare, a firm run by Otago Girls’ High School pupils Jenna Willis (18), Morgan Passey (17) and Elsha Bulmer (18).

Jenna stated the trio had created a pure colour-matching dry shampoo which supplied solar safety to the scalp. The thought had been impressed by the problems they confronted at college, as they generally left college with a burnt scalp on sunny days.

They didn’t need to use conventional sunblock, because it made their hair too greasy, she stated.

The identify Sole was Italian for solar, which the group thought sounded good for the product.

The group marketed their product, which got here in two tones, via TikTok, the place they’d reached a global viewers.

At her final depend they’d shipped 542 orders. More than 100 had been from abroad.

Their brief movies had even impressed prospects in locations akin to Sweden and Denmark, she stated.

The group had “no thought” they might be chosen for the grand prize.

“We all sat in shock for a bit.”

They received $3000, which they might cut up evenly, and every was awarded a $5000 scholarship to the Massey University Business School.

However, they’d different plans, she stated.

She can be finding out legislation on the University of Otago, together with Morgan who would research business, however Elsha was heading to Christchurch to check tourism, Jenna stated.

Despite going separate methods, they meant to seek out a solution to maintain the business working, as they noticed a future for it.

Their subsequent step was to seek out a solution to provide refillable baggage to prospects to cut back waste.

The college was given $2000 for the award.

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