About the Awards

Young Business Mind Awards is aimed at empowering the next generation of creators and innovators in the Hunter Region.

Guest speaker Jack Anthill from Oasis Media.

About the awards

The Hunter Young Business Awards (HYMBA) is about encouraging schools and tertiary students in the Hunter region to think like entrepreneurs, to express their creativity and develop the self confidence to present their ideas.

Our aim is to help them develop the skill sets required to prosper in the rapidly changing contemporary business and employment environment. Rather than focusing on the logic of business, HYMBA is about unlocking ideas and helping the next generation find their voice and share their creations.

Open to students and schools across the Hunter Valley including: Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Upper and Lower Hunter, and Port Stephens. 

This program is a true collaboration between students, teachers, schools, TAFE, University and business.  

Award categories and prizes

Open to all young entrepreneurs Under 25 in the Hunter region, each entrant is required to submit a slide deck and 2-minute video answering a set of questions based on their category judging requirements.

Award Stream One: Entrepreneurship (Develop a viable Business Idea, Product or Creative Project/ Initiative)

Limited only by their imagination, the idea could be:
• A new business or product
• A clever way to solve an existing problem
• A creative project to benefit the community

Primary Category

1st Prize = $1,000
2nd Prize = $500

Secondary Category - Creative Industries

1st Prize = $1,000
2nd Prize = $500

Secondary Category - Sustainability

1st Prize = $1,000
2nd Prize = $500

Secondary Category - Social Enterprise

1st Prize = $1,000
2nd Prize = $500

Secondary Category - Business Enterprise

1st Prize = $1,000
2nd Prize = $500

Teacher Innovation Award

1st Prize = $1,000
2nd Prize = $500

Secondary Category - Design and Technology

1st Prize = $1,000
2nd Prize = $500