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.

The November graduation saw 27 participants graduate from the program with businesses ranging from IT security solutions, tutoring services, cafes and yacht building.

Speakers included Amanda Matulick, E for Ethel, and Melanie Seears, On The Gro. Each showcased their thriving businesses and discussed their experiences of being involved in SAYES.  

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

The Newmont Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Melanie Seears - On The Gro

The Advertiser Business Planning Award

Grace Love - Bliss Organic Cafe on Compton Street

Redarc Innovation Award

Melanie Seears - On The Gro

UniSA Division of Business Startup Award

Amanda Matulick - E for Ethel Cafe on Melbourne St

Pictured above are award Winners L to R: Grace Love - Bliss organic Café, Melanie Seears – On The Gro and Amanda Matulick – E for Ethel Café

Thank you to all of the SAYES sponsors, supporters and mentors who helped ensure another successful SAYES program in 2011. 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 Manager, Daniel Smith on 8300 0271 or To learn more about the program visit for more information.

Breaking news: Building on its success with SAYES Business SA has recently launched a new program for more advanced businesses (turnover exceeding $300,000). Applications are now open for the Business SA Coaching and Mentoring Program. To learn more visit

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