An app that allows users to swap unwanted household items has won this year’s Macleay Enterprise Exhibition Day award.
Swipe N’ Swap, a business idea developed by Macleay College business students Harriet Tompkins and Sigourney Lemke Berry, allows users to swap items and clutter lying around their homes with each other, eliminating the transaction of currency.
The app was the popular choice among students and a panel of guest judges, winning best pitch and best sales out of six team entries.
Ms Tompkins was thrilled to be awarded both prizes.
“We’ve been working on this now for two semesters … it’s good to have it validated,” she said.
The Enterprise Exhibition Day, held each semester, gives Macleay business students the chance to pitch their ideas to three entrepreneur judges.
This semester’s panel comprised of Dan Siepen, of The Coder Factory, Ashley Lim, from Extraordinary Ordinary Day, and founder of OneShift, Gen George.
Macleay students were also able to view and vote for the students’ ideas at an exhibition on Macleay’s ground floor.
Guest judge Ashley Lim was asked what advice she would give to an aspiring entrepreneur.
“Just have a big vision,” Ms Lim said.
“Do something you’re passionate about. Embrace failure, but learn from it as well,” Siepen added.
Other student ideas included Night M8, an app giving users information about Sydney’s nightlife, and Chef TV, an app that allows users to share restaurant food experiences and detail information about restaurants. – Ben Rochlin