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Celebration of Entrepreneurship

Sharon Hunneybell and Sam Winter

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Sharon Hunneybell and Sam Winter became synonymous with student entrepreneurialism when, back in 2013 they pioneered Australia’s first high school accelerator program ‘Startup Apprentice’ on the Gold Coast and were founding partners in the Gold Coast City Council Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards. Their support and encouragement of thousands of young innovators to bring their ideas to life earned them the title of ‘Innovation Champions’ from the Queensland Government in 2014.

Since the launch of the Startup Apprentice suite of programs, workshops and events, these two visionary founders have continued to follow their individual passions with Sam Winter driving partnerships and initiatives aimed at improving mental health and leadership skills in our youth and Sharon Hunneybell driving the growth of a leading Gold Coast Software company, Opmantek, and championing and leading the creation of the Gold Coast Innovation Hub this year.