How to enter

Are you a secondary student or under 25 years of age? Enter the 2024 Young Business Minds Awards below!

Why Enter?

Secondary Young Business Minds Award

Awarding our NextGen for innovation in Sustainability, Business Enterprise, Design & Technology, Social Enterprise & Creative Industries.

The Young Business Minds Awards (YBMA) was inaugurated in 2017. Aiming to create a program to connect and energise the next generation of creators, innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders (NextGen) in our region, it was driven by business leaders who saw the importance of building greater relationships and connections between industry, business, educators, parents and young people.

Originally supported by the Department of Employment and Workforce Relations through their Hunter Futurepreneurs Program from 2017 to 2023, and now presented by Career Links, YBMA aims to provide unique, practical learning and personal development experiences by creating an innovative CoLab environment where NextGen leaders take control and are supported, encouraged, and mentored to deliver the program outcomes and results with downloadable resources available on the YBMA website.

How To Get Started

Step 1:
Take a look at this year’s categories and select one that you would like to enter.

Step 2:
Take some time to research a problem to solve and more about your category. You can take a look at some resources to get you started below.

Step Three:
Ready? Build out your pitch slide deck and record your 2 minute video. Check out the templates below to get you started.

Submit your pitch by September 3!

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 Fill out the form below to enter your pitch into the awards.

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Once your pitch has been uploaded you will receive a confirmation email telling you that we’ve received your submission.

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You’ll then be notified of the Gala details. 

Fill out the form below and upload your pitch to enter. Terms and Conditions apply. If you have any questions about entering please email us at

If you are having technical difficulties submitting your form please send it direct to with ENTRY: [name of category] [primary or under 25s] [name] in the subject line.

Note: Maximum file size is 25MB.

Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 2 files.
Please make sure your submission is named the following way category,fullname,2023 example (Innovation_Libby.Arnold_2023)
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We want to make it as easy as possible for students, schools, and classes to participate in the 2024 Young Business Mind Awards.

To participate in the Young Business Mind awards you’ll need to adhere to a few things that we outline in the Terms and Conditions page of our website.

As with any fair competition, if you don’t comply with these terms, we have the right to disqualify you or declare your entry ineligible.

Please make sure you read and understand the information on this page before submitting your entry.

Do you have an exceptional business idea? Have you designed an innovative product or service? Are you passionate about creating? Do you think you could be the next entrepreneur in the Hunter Region?

If so, we want you hear from you!


Entrepreneurship Awards



Business Enterprise

Design and Technology

Creative Industries

Social Enterprise

Entry Criteria

To be eligible to enter the YBMA Entrepreneur Categories, you must:

  • Be under 25 or a student at a school, TAFE or RTO within the Hunter Region.
  • Have permission of a parent or caregiver if under 18 years of age.
  • Be under 25 years of age if entering the Uni, TAFE or RTO categories.
  • School/Class Category

To be eligible to enter the YMBA Innovation Challenge the entry must:

  • Be from either a public or independent Primary or High school within the Hunter Region.
  • Clearly show student participation.
  • Have permission of the school principal to enter.

Judging Criteria

All video entries are judged by a panel of subject matter experts, selected at the sole discretion of the YBMA Management Committee from subject matter experts or practitioners in the category areas.

Judges are required to sign a confidentiality agreement and disclose any conflict of interest.

Judging Criteria

Entries need to address these key criteria:

  • What is the problem or issue your idea is tackling?
  • What is the big benefit of your idea?
  • Who will benefit from your idea and why?
  • Why are you passionate about this idea