Young Eyes Festival of Innovation
The Young Eyes Festival of Innovation, hosted by Zig Zag Hub, annually spotlights rising stars from Illawarra and Shoalhaven high schools participating in our Entrepreneurial program, successfully running the event for two consecutive years in 2022, and 2023.
The festival showcases the creative ideas of our local and upcoming entrepreneurial and innovative superstars in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions. The festivals aims to ignite the passion of young people and help them have the best start to their entrepreneurial journey whilst having fun along the way!
Students can first join our Entrepreneurial program within their school and go through the program with a Zig Zag Hub facilitator. Once the program is completed, they can nominate themselves to enter the Young Eyes Festival of Innovation where they need to go into a 'Pitch Fest' competition online and present their business idea or concept to the judges and each participant will elect which category they will enter for the Young Eyes Festival.
Award categories for 2024:
• Young Entrepreneur of the Year - A product or service
• Young Innovator of the Year - A innovative concept or idea
The judges will then select the top finalists for each award category to enter the Young Eyes Festival event as the final round to showcase their ideas to expert judges and the audience.
Zig Zag Hub has been successfully running Entrepreneurial programs in Illawarra schools for a number of years. Our passion lies in educating young people and giving them the skills they need to thrive in the ever changing business landscape. The core skills our students develop are: Design Thinking, Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Digital Literacy, and Communication.
These skills are critical for students entering into an evolving jobs market that is constantly being disrupted by new technologies such as AI. Understanding how to leverage these skills with technology enables students to thrive and to become the next generation of job-creators.
The program allows students to plan and design initiatives to develop a possible product, service or innovative idea. Within the program, students go through the testing process of bringing their ideas to life whilst learning the basic concepts of a startup business.
The program provides the students with the opportunity to ignite their passion for Entrepreneurship as well as growing their confidence in taking ownership of their ideas during the pitching stage.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year Winners
Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2022
Tehlia won the title of ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2022’ at 16 years old from Cedars Christian College.
She has completed a 12 month mentorship with Diana Foye, from Foye Legal, with her business ‘Resin Memories’ creating products through resin.
Tehlia has received valuable business advice and has growth tremendously through the mentorship of Diana Foye and her perseverance and determination.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2023
Isa won the title of Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2023, at just 13 years old from Nowra Christian School.
Isa won a 12 month mentorship with Monika Armstrong from 'Culinarius' by creating a allergy free cookie, with no dairy, gluten or nut ingredients called 'Cosmic Cookies'. We are excited to watch her growth over the next 12 months!