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1. Stuff NZ - A business card made of wool? It's just the start for award-winning teenage twins.

Stuff NZ reporter, Lee Kenny spoke to us about our success in the Young Enterprise Scheme Canterbury Regional Final. This article was posted on Stuff.

Twins Archie and Jack MacDonald have developed smart business cards made from sheep wool.

Business cards come in all shapes and sizes and in a range of materials – but have you ever seen one made from wool?

Now you can. The concept has been developed by a two Christchurch high school students – identical twins Archie and Jack MacDonald – and it has won them top spot in a “Dragon’s Den-style” business competition.

The Cashmere High School team (Total Card) won the Canterbury Ōtākaro South prize for their entrepreneurial aptitude. The “tap and go” sheep wool cards instantly transfer the contact information to any smartphone.

Also taking a top prize was The Scent, a team from Kaiapoi High School, who won the Canterbury Ōtākaro North prize, impressing the judges with their refillable wooden air fresheners scented with natural oils, targeting the corporate market.

The two teams were crowned winners at the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Canterbury Regionals at Ara Institute of Canterburyon Tuesday.

Eight teams took part in the competition, having been shortlisted from 176 teams from 25 Canterbury high schools.

Archie MacDonald said they thought the wool cards would be “an awesome product, with a lot of potential”.

“We’ve got pretty big goals for the company, starting with the business cards,” he said.

Twins Archie and Jack MacDonald with business teacher Matt Benassi (centre). The Cashmere High School students were overall winner Canterbury Ōtākaro South.

“We’re keen to replace plastic cards with our own cards. Loyalty cards, gift cards, bank cards, they are some examples that come to mind.”

The Total Card and The Scent will now compete against each other and winners from across the country at the national finals in Wellington on December 6.

Total Card chief executive Jack MacDonald said the other Cashmere High School teams “worked so hard and pushed us to be the best we could be”.

Saran Adams, Beth Dunbar, Sophia Joyce (CEO) Natalie Cox (business teacher), Ezri Batterbury, Brie Amer and Annie Saunders. The Kaiapoi High School students were overall winner Canterbury Ōtākaro North.

Sophia Joyce, chief executive of The Scent, said the idea came from the fact air fresheners run out quickly and then get thrown away.

“Our wooden discs are able to be reused and re-scented, meaning less waste, making them eco-friendly and sustainable,” she said.

“Winning our region’s final felt incredible, something we only could’ve imagined. It felt so rewarding.”

The team’s hard work over the last year had “really paid off”, she said.

“We want to thank everyone for all the support and help they have given us over the year.”

And the winners were....

  • Rotary Club of Christchurch Sunshine YES Regional Excellence Award for Social Enterprise: Total Card / Cashmere High School.

  • Powell Fenwick YES Regional Excellence Award for Sustainability: Upcycled Plastics / Rolleston College.

  • Kendons YES Regional Excellence Award for Finance: Cheeky Grill / Te Aratai College.

  • Ara Institute of Canterbury-Te Pūkenga YES Distinguished Mentor Award: Clark Williams / 4C Centre Curator.

  • Ara Institute of Canterbury-Te Pūkenga Regional Excellence Award for Customer and Market Engagement: Ātaahua / Rangiora High School.

  • Baldasso Cortese Noordanus Regional Excellence Award for Innovation: Total Card / Cashmere High School.

  • Cyclone Regional Excellence Award for Enterprising Technology: Upcycled Plastics / Rolleston College.

  • Overall winner Canterbury Ōtākaro North, The Scent / Kaiapoi High School.

  • Overall winner Canterbury Ōtākaro South, Total Card / Cashmere High School.

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