Semi-finalists announced for 2016 National Student Business Plan

Chanelle Rolls, Lauren Haworth, Mark Jones and Jenna Leighton win the National Pharmacy Business Plan Competition

Best and brightest from across Australia and New Zealand have made it to next round of Pharmacy Guild’s business plan comp

Eight teams of university pharmacy students have been selected as semi-finalists in the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s National Student Business Plan Competition.

The teams comprise students from six universities – Sydney University, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Technology Sydney, University of Queensland, and Auckland University.
Semi-finalists were chosen based on their business plans and their scores in the quarter-final round, which consisted of an online quiz and short answer questions.
The semi-final round will be underway until 15th August 2016, with the top three teams progressing to the finals at the Pharmacy Connect Conference in Sydney, from 9-11 September 2016.
Last year’s winners (pictured) were Tasmanian pharmacy students Chanelle Rolls, Lauren Haworth, Mark Jones and Jenna Leighton.
They won with their fictitious “Vitality Pharmacy” which aimed to provide the missing link in primary health care services in their Hobart region, where 20% of the population has no access to a vehicle.
The competition is designed to promote the creative entrepreneurship among students preparing for a career in community pharmacy, says the Guild, in order to “encourage pharmacy students to consider how they would go about structuring their own pharmacy business, and produce a business plan.”
It gives the best and brightest pharmacy students an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of pharmacy practice through innovative and financially secure business models, it says.
The competition was open to all pharmacy schools in Australia and New Zealand and is sponsored by Blackmores, EBOS, Gold Cross Products and Services, and Pharmaceutical Defence Limited (PDL).
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