Two former Generation Innovation Challenge winners, Zariah Lamont and Eamon Kriz, hope to inspire this year's entrepreneurs with their transformations as it gets down to crunch time. Pictures: Supplied
Two former Generation Innovation Challenge winners, Zariah Lamont and Eamon Kriz, hope to inspire this year's entrepreneurs with their transformations as it gets down to crunch time. Pictures: Supplied

Young entrepreneurs take businesses to next level

Two former Generation Innovation Challenge winners hope to inspire this year’s entrepreneurs with their transformations as it gets down to crunch time.

Eamon Kriz and Zariah Lamont both took out the challenge hosted by Fairfax MP Ted O’Brien in previous years.

Mr Kriz was 15 when he started his aerial cinematography business, In The Air, in 2017.

The youngest winner of the challenge to date also went on to co-found another business a year later with Connor Middleton called DroneCamp.

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“DroneCamp has mainly focused on developing the emerging sport of drone racing which is slowly gaining popularity in Australia,” Mr Kriz said.

First Person View drones are flown at high speeds around obstacle courses, giving pilots the sensation of being at the controls of a stunt aircraft.

Mr Kriz said getting to grips with FPV drones is an ideal introduction to the computer science and engineering principles which underpin robotics and unmanned vehicles.

The company has partnered with Noosa Council to deliver six programs so far to high school students.

The now 18-year-old has started an honours degree in Mechatronic Engineering at the Queensland University of Technology.

“I am hoping that the knowledge and experience gained from this study can take my interests and passion to the next level,” he said.

Founder of X & O Media, and 2019 winner, Zariah Lamont, is also working on two new secret ventures, including a cafe.

They will be launched later this year.

“Partaking in this challenge has taught me that an entrepreneur is so much more than what the dictionary defines,” she said.

“You are not limited by age, qualifications, financial situations and experiences, but rather by the ideas, passion and execution of your enterprise.”

Mr O’Brien said he had always been fascinated to see where the winners took things after the challenge wrapped up.

“One of the benefits of the GI Challenge is that participants learn things that they can take with them and apply again and again, and that’s what Eamon and Zariah have done,” he said.

“They’ve not only become successful entrepreneurs, more importantly they’ve proven to be thoroughly decent human beings and so they will always have my 100 per cent support no matter what they choose to do.”