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South Australia’s next generation of business leaders recently graduated from Business SA’s South Australian Young Entrepreneur Scheme (SAYES).

SAYES provides training and mentoring for young people aged 18 - 35 years of age who want to start or grow their own business.

On 11 November participants received their certificates at the SAYES graduation evening held at the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel. 

Speakers included graduates on the night Becky Hirst from Becky Hirst Consulting and Quentin Roberts from EfficientSee. Each showcased their thriving businesses and discussed their experiences of being involved in SAYES.  

SAYSThis year, four awards were presented to outstanding graduates of the program. The winners were:

- SAYES Young Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by DTED

Becky Hirst

- REDARC Innovation in Sustainability Award

Quentin Roberts

- The Advertiser Business Planning Award

Rachel Kidwell

- NAB Starting from Scratch Award

Andy Vinh

Thank you to all of the SAYES sponsors, supporters and mentors who helped ensure another successful SAYES program in 2010. Business SA is proud to be involved in developing the next generation of business leaders by encouraging young South Australians to gain skills and confidence in business.

With your support we are growing rapidly and providing opportunities for even more young people to strike out in business.

If you would like to support a dynamic young South Australian by providing a SAYES scholarship please contact SAYES Project Executive, Daniel Smith on 08 8300 0271 or To learn more about the program visit for more information.

Pictured above: SAYES Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Becky Hirst with Lachlan Bruce, Deputy CEO Dept Trade and Economic Development

REDARC Sustainability in Innovation Award - Melanie Sorensen, Redarc with Quentin Roberts

NAB Starting from Scratch Award - Danny Giacomelli, NAB with Andy Vinh

The Advertiser Business Planning Award - Mentor Andrew Russo, Kennedy & Co with Rachel Kidwell

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