Past winners

Pet Partners

First Place
Second Place
Third Place
Year:
2016
Category:
Junior
Sasha van Beek
Bethlehem College

Pet Partners is a website or app which connects people who own pets with people who would like to care for or trial a pet for a while.

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From The innovator

The Innovator and their Idea

​Hi, I'm Sasha Van Beek, from Bethlehem College, the creator of Pet Partners. Pet Partners connects people who have a pet and need to leave them occasionally with people who love caring for animals but can't/don't want to care for them full time. I came up with the idea when we were trying to book a place in the kennels for my dog so we could go on our holiday. We were worried about him being left alone without his family. At the same time my dad’s work colleague approached us and asked to borrow our dog for a while so they could see if their young daughter was ready for the responsibility of owning a dog. I was stunned to have won 3rd place and was super excited about the idea of the chance to develop my idea with Cucumber. That for me was a way bigger prize than the $100 cheque!

The Internship and the Future

​The internship showed me how much effort goes into developing an idea and it helped paint a picture of what I want to do in the future. It was definitely valuable. I learnt how to take my idea and turn it into a product that could potentially go to market one day. It helped me to see the finished product and decide whether to take it further. Now I'm going to try and go back to Cucumber and develop my idea more and make it into an actual business. I'd give the YiA experience 1000000 out of 10 and am already thinking about my idea for next year.

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