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Teenagers win TiE Young Entrepreneurs competition

TWO innovative teenagers from Melbourne’s eastern suburbs are off to Silicon Valley after winning an entrepreneurship competition.

Box Hill High School student Anirudh Prakash, 15, teamed up with 13-year-old Mount Waverley Secondary College student Devnith De Silva and Jackson Landry, 15, from Bendigo to take out the prize.

They presented their idea to potential investors at the TiE Young Entrepreneurs competition on September 3.

They pitched a low-cost box set of electronic parts aimed at students and hobbyists, to educate more people in programming and electronics.

“Our idea involves a monthly subscription, so each month the customer receives a different box containing parts to make a model car or a plane, and putting it together will involve them learning about electronics and programming,” Anirudh said.

The boys will fly to Silicon Valley in the USA early next year as part of their prize, visiting Google and other hi-tech companies.

The team was mentored by Rod Smith, who said they “tackled the project with enthusiasm” and worked well together.

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