A group of Park Ridge State High School Students who starred in a youth entrepreneurship program called Catapult will soon release their winning idea for a chewable stress-relieving lolly.
Students Amity Gamlin, Mark Raison, and Yash Rudra will launch a prototype of their idea next term after winning the program in its inaugural year last September.
Catapult was started by Logan City Council to teach young people about entrepreneurship – from conceiving an idea, to turning it into a proposal, to pitching it in a competition against teams from other high schools.
The students won a $2,500 scholarship from Substation 33 and Social Enterprise Network – Logan, a $1,000 donation from Cr Natalie Willcocks, and were partnered with a mentor who helped develop their idea.
“It was kind of surreal to get this grant money,” Yash says.
“We’re actually being given money to try and make this a reality.”
“We hope to be selling that by next term at the school tuckshop.”
They were given the problem of finding a way to help youth overcome mental health issues.
Amity says their idea for a stress-relieving lolly came from a popular classroom trope.
“Everyone jokes about calming down and having a chill pill, so we bought into it and thought it could be something,” she says.
From that they came up with a product named Hoblo Confectionary, combining a chewable stress-relieving lolly with a self-help website to teach youth about mental health issues.
The scholarship money and donation are helping them cover printing costs for custom branded wrapping for the lollies along with food tubes to keep them in.
“We have the packaging in the form of food tubes made out of food grade plastic recycled from water bottles,” Yash says.
Each lolly is wrapped in packaging containing a QR code for the website and words of encouragement for people feeling anxious or stressed.
Yash says they don’t have the expertise or resources to create a scientifically proven stress-relieving lolly right now, so they will use cloud lollies in their prototypes.
They hope to one day partner with a local manufacturer to develop that side of the product.
In the meantime, they’ve prioritised growing the website and using that as the main focus for the stress-relieving aspect of their product.
“Our mentor suggested that we focus on building the website instead and using the lolly as a gateway to that helpful resource,” Yash says.
They want the website to become a hub useful advice on overcoming mental health issues through articles, meditation resources, and mini games.