WAS Student Named Winner of 2018 Young Starters’ Competition

Whitsunday Anglican School Year 10 student Thomas Stolberg was named the winner of the 2018 Young Starters’ Competition in Brisbane recently.

As part of the competition, Tom pitched his latest Startup “Make it Now” and Project Melt to a panel of judges made up of Aaron Birkby, CEO Startup Catalyst, Susannah George, Founder of Urban List, Michael Reid Qld State Manager for CISCO and Simone Joyce, Founder of Paypa Plane.

The project involves large scale 3D printing using recycled plastic and is currently in the prototype phase.

Tom said the competition was a great opportunity to network and meet like-minded people and winning was an added bonus.

“The Young Starters’ Competition allowed me to network and learn from fellow youth and some of the industries best,” he said

“It was a privilege to compete and an honour to pitch at the final breakfast. Thank you to all the sponsors and people that made it possible.”

Whitsunday Anglican School Principal Mrs Maria McIvor said Tom was going from strength to strength and she could not wait to see what he would come up with next.

“Tom is very passionate about what he does and it is great to see him being recognised for this,” she said.

“If these are the type of entrepreneurial projects he is coming up with now, I cannot wait to see what great ideas he has in the future.”

This win comes on the back of news that Tom has also been named as one of the Courier Mail’s Top 10 Up and Comers in Queensland for 2018 and his recent Futurepreneur mission to the United States.

Tom’s entrepreneurial ways began when he launched his first business as a 12-year-old, turning seafood restaurant discards into fishing bait.

The annual Young Starters Pitching Competition aims to promote, reward and connect emerging young Queensland entrepreneurs.

More information on the competition can be found at –