Monday, March 1

15 Year Old Tom Stolberg Wins The 2018 Young Starter’s Competition With His Startup Make It Now

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The Advance Queensland’s Young Starters Competition received over 45 applications from all over Queensland. Teams were selected based on a careful selection criteria.

The competition launched on April 5th, with successful applications progressing onto stages after completing challenges including, developing marketing plans and business basics activities. Thirty teams then moved onto stage 2, where they were required to submit a 3 – 5 minute pitch video.

Stage 3 of the competition took place over a course of two days, in a Bootcamp style program.

20 of the top teams were invited to the Bootcamp from all around Queensland, from regional areas ( Mackay, Cairns and Rockhampton ).

During the two day intensive Bootcamp, the young starters attended masterclasses, pitch practices and mentoring sessions ( from 40 Mentors across startup, government and corporate industries ).

The top 10 teams selected from the YS Bootcamp moved into the final competition event (The Young Starters Competition Pitch Breakfast) pitching to a panel of judges (Aaron Birkby, CEO Startup Catalyst​, Susannah George, Founder of Urban List ​, Michael Reid Qld State Manager for CISCO and Simone Joyce, Founder of Paypa Plane.

“RCL is pleased to have partnered again with Advance Queensland to deliver an initiative that continues to support youth in business, including regional Queensland. I was impressed by the mix of applications in the competition ranging from software, hardware and services based businesses” said Peta Ellis, CEO of RCL.

RCL Operations Manager Tarryn Thiele expressed how pleased she was with the overall competition. “We wanted to give the young starters an opportunity to be involved in an initiative that supported young entrepreneurship, for them to experience something fun, but also provide valuable business learnings towards their ideas. The Young Starters Competition would not have been possible without the ongoing support from Advance Qld”

Receiving in over $45,000 worth of prizes ( a trip on the Startup Catalyst Mission to the U.S.A, cash prize, coworking space and sponsorship ), 15 year old Tom Stolberg ​is this year’s YS Competition winner. His business Make It Now, specialises in rapid prototyping and large scale 3D printing with a difference.


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Paul Towers is a passionate supporter of the Australian startup ecosystem and the Founder of Startup Soda. Originally, Startup Soda was solely a newsletter that helped curate the best content from the Australian startup community, more recently however it has turned into a media platform with the aim of improving coverage of Australian Startups, Founders and VC's.

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