Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

New Business Generation; Young Krew Plans Start-Up

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

New Business Generation; Young Krew Plans Start-Up

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Byline: Nicky Moffat

"YOU'RE going to be 16 and pregnant. You're going nowhere."

With those words, a fire started in Issy McSwain's belly.

Court cases, youth shelters, depression and self harm followed, but now she is a budding entrepreneur.

"I just wanted to prove them wrong," said the Maroochydore teen.

"Now I work, I go to school, and I'm starting an organisation to help others."

As reported in the Daily, Issy and business partner Jack Smith have had help to develop their novel business idea through Generation Innovation's GI Challenge over the past 11 weeks.

Experienced business mentors have helped them put a structure around their plans for a service that will help young people spend more time together.

Koi Krew was the name they gave to the service, which would be hosted by cafes and venues around the Coast.

Young people will be invited to hang out and chat, Issy said.

"It's so important to have support and know where you can go for help and friendship," she said. …

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