Rio Tinto supports Geraldton initiative to encourage young entrepreneurs to think outside the box
A competition designed to encourage budding Geraldton entrepreneurs to think outside the box received a funding boost from Rio Tinto last week.
Hosted by local social enterprise Pollinators, the Next Generation Entrepreneur Competition tasks Year 6-10 students with coming up with innovative solutions to everyday problems.
The Pollinators team will start working with students next semester to develop their ideas and learn how to pitch their proposals to competition judges.
Project strategic lead Alan Bradley said the competition aimed to inspire the “next generation of entrepreneurs”.
“I think as a society, if we don’t encourage our youth to come up with these ideas, as a country we will just be takers,” he said.
“We will just buy the ideas in from elsewhere and our economy will become poorer if we don’t come up with the ideas ourselves and then push them out to the rest of the world.”
Rio Tinto has committed $5000 to the program, with general manager for Tom Price and Marandoo Jamie Robinson saying Rio was passionate about supporting initiatives for regional youth.
“It is important that regional students have equal access to learning opportunities, and this competition will help to equip them with skills they need for the jobs of the future,” he said.
“I look forward to learning about the innovative solutions put forward by Geraldton’s future entrepreneurs.”
Shortlisted ideas from each age category will be judged in December.
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