It was very much a red carpeted affair on Tuesday 11 March when a crowd of bright young things gathered to hear who would be announced winner of the Big Break Award for 2018-19 from the Dream Believe Succeed Foundation.
The evening began with last year’s winner, Oliver Hunt, speaking of how the award had significantly contributed to the growth of his company, Medsalv, followed by Emily Hazelwood, founder of the Romer app, who spoke on how much she’s valued the mentoring support of those in the local community in helping her realise her dream of owning her own company. The final speaker was Steve Brooks, the man behind Dream Believe Succeed, who set up the award to raise awareness and develop an entrepreneurial spirit in our region’s youth. Steve spoke of how the foundation is achieving what it set out to do – to cultivate a more nurturing community for young entrepreneurs of Canterbury.
Steve then announced that Chelsea Aitken and Millie Morgan were this year’s Big Break Award winners. New Zealand and Beyond is their business venture; the concept behind it is to create a united storefront for New Zealand brands in the Chinese E-commerce market.
Chelsea and Millie’s prize includes mentoring and support services from companies such as Deloitte, Lane Neave, Sticky Thinking, Sherpa Insurance, Happy Hire and more, plus a cash prize of $20,000 to get their business venture off the ground.
Applications for next year’s award open in September. For more information on the foundation, visit www.dreambelievesucceed.co.nz.