A teenager from regional NSW has proved that business success can come at any age, taking out a national pitchfest award with an idea that already has an established sales pipeline.
Michael Nixon (pictured at bottom), from Wagga Wagga, started his business EduKits in 2016 at just 13 years of age.
The business explores Michael’s fascination with new technologies and sells tools that assist children and teenagers with STEM skills based learning, including 3D printers and laser cutters.
Joining the first national Australia Post Regional Pitchfest, Michael pitched his latest innovation, The Amazing Annoyatron – a LEGO-like gaming kit that aims to help introduce young people to electronics and coding in a fun, yet affordable manner.
Over the weekend, his invention was awarded the $7,500 first prize, which will help with the cost of building his innovation in China before being sold in the local market.
“I’m so grateful to have been a part of this amazing program and to have had this opportunity,” Michael said.
“I know that [this] win, and the journey that brought me here, will open many doors for me and my business moving forward – this is a phenomenal kick-start.”
Michael already has a strong sales pipeline for the product, having amassed more than 1,000 orders already.
Australia Post’s chief innovation officer, Greg Sutherland, labelled Michael’s idea “outstanding”, even before taking his young age into consideration.
“It was a tough competition, but Michael’s pitch was outstanding. It was creative, insightful and really looked at the issue from all angles to deliver a practical solution which can be applied commercially,” he said.
“I can’t wait to see how he evolves his business.”
Adam Zuchetti is the editor of My Business, and has steered the publication’s editorial direction since early 2016.