Secondary Schools/TAFE/Uni Entrants

If you are a student under 25 and have a business, community or social impact idea and want to be in the running to win $1000- and 12-months mentoring.

Hunter Young Business Minds Awards is a pitch contest for students across the Hunter (Newcastle, Upper and Lower Hunter, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Maitland) and includes students in secondary, TAFE/RTO’s and those students under 25 enrolled at Newcastle University. 


  • Think of a business idea. It can be a product, service, social enterprise, or technology business. 
  • Create a video of yourself pitching the business idea. Enter as an individual or a team. 
  • Keep the camera focused on you for most of the video. We want to see and hear you pitching your idea. We don’t want to see a commercial. 
  • Keep your video short, 90-120 seconds is the time frame. 
  • Entries will be judged on the CREATIVITY of the idea, business name, and video; the PERSUASIVENESS of the elevator pitch; and the OVERALL QUALITY of the idea, pitch and video. 
  • Complete the entry form and we will send you the uploading details. 

I believe that the Hunter Young Business Mind Awards program is a great opportunity for the Hunter business community to support and encourage our regions youth and build stronger relationships with our educators, which can only be beneficial for our region into the future”.

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  • Practice is key. We do not want to see you reading from a sheet of paper. 
  • Be enthusiastic! Viewers will be more interested in your idea if you are excited about it. 
  • If filming on your cell phone, hold your phone horizontally – vertical videos do not look professional.