St Kevin’s College entrepreneurs are still bubbling about their success at a Young Enterprise event in Timaru recently.
Pupils Daniel Ruddle, Broady Taylor, Cameron Dodd and Liam Elliot represented the Oamaru school.
They competed against six other teams, from Mountainview High School and Roncalli College, at the Dragon’s Den-style event.
They pitched their idea – a fire brick made out of recycled paper – to a panel of investors.
To their surprise, the boys’ pitch won over investors and pupils alike, and the St Kevin’s entry was crowned champion.
Following their success at the event, the boys have been given a $200 investment.
The idea was conceived after they wanted to create a sustainable product that would also benefit the school.
“We thought, there’s a problem – let’s find a solution to it,” Daniel said.
The recycled paper was a cheaper alternative to wood, he said.
St Kevin’s College teacher Tim Hitchcock believed the invention would save the school up to $3000 in paper disposal each year.
The boys were initially sceptical about their product.
But after showing it off to friends and family and getting good feedback, they knew their invention had become a hit.
“It’s made us realise how far ahead we can get with this,” Daniel said.
Broady believed the success at the Young Enterprise event had given the group hope of turning their idea into a successful product.