FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
22 AUGUST 2014
Young entrepreneurs from New Zealand take out top honours
at the FedEx Express/Junior Achievement
International Trade Challenge Asia Pacific Finals
First and second place won by New Zealand students
HONG KONG, August 21, 2014 – Team NZ from New Zealand has emerged winners at the annual FedEx Express/Junior Achievement
International Trade Challenge (FedEx/JA ITC) Asia Pacific Finals in Hong Kong.
Shannon Metcalfe from Avondale College and Isabelle Stangl from Long Bay College beat 52 other students and impressed
the judging panel with their well thought-out and original business proposal.
The finalists were tasked with creating a cohesive market entry strategy plan for a beauty product/service, which also
addresses a social issue of Kenya. Team NZ's proposal of a waterless face wash solution, Eye Care, addresses Trachoma
problem among Kenyans. While cleaning the face as well as conserving water for drinking, it can encourage beauty
naturally at the same time.
This programme aims to give young people from around the region a taste of the world of business and entrepreneurship.
The Asia Pacific Finals involved 27 student teams from nine Asia Pacific markets, comprising Hong Kong, Japan, Korea,
Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
"We were overwhelmed when we won the right to represent New Zealand," said Shannon Metcalfe and Isabelle Stangl of Team
NZ. "To have come out to Hong Kong and won the regional finals as well is a dream come true. The ITC program was highly
stimulating and rewarding – we put in our best efforts and I feel that we got a real-world experience of the world of
business which will be extremely valuable in our future careers. We also formed some lasting friendships with one
another. We learnt a lot from our FedEx mentors, and I'd like to thank the organsers for a really rewarding experience."
The first runner-up was Team Aotearoa, represented by Amanda Ngo of Kings College and Benjamin Seelen of Nayland
College. Their proposal involved toothpaste that helps fighting against dental fluorosis, which is composing of
ingredients safe for ingestion.
Team Avant Garde from the Philippines was named second runner-up. Teammates Deji Nela Agustin Eclarin and Lianne
Gabrielle Ramirez Hernandez of O.B. Montessori Greenhills came up with the idea of taking henna tattoos to a next level
by introducing Uzurink, which allows oppressed women in Kenya to look and feel beautiful without invasive tattooing or
Fifty-four students competed in this year's FedEx/JA ITC Asia Pacific Finals and the judges were impressed by the
teamwork, resourcefulness, creativity and entrepreneurial skills exhibited during both the regional competition and the
earlier national contests. The judging panel of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders evaluated the students'
proposals for attention to detail, creativity and professionalism during the development and execution phases of the
"FedEx actively supports small businesses in the communities we serve, and promoting entrepreneurialism among young
people reflects that," said David L. Cunningham Jr., president, FedEx Express Asia Pacific. "Some of the students in
this year's competition could easily rank among the next generation of business leaders in a few years' time. I'm
excited that FedEx has contributed to educating and inspiring almost 12,000 young people from around the region through
this program since 2007. I congratulate team New Zealand on winning what was a fiercely competitive contest.”
"Junior Achievement's goal in running this programme is to provide young people with the inspiration and experience to
succeed in the world of business," said Vivian Lau, president, JA Asia Pacific. "The International Trade Challenge
functions as a springboard, providing students with the tools they need to translate creative, original ideas into
viable business propositions by exposing them to real-world realities. The three-day Asia Pacific Finals, supported by
FedEx volunteers, has been a great success and I look forward to continuing to work with FedEx on this valuable
Jointly organised by FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express
transportation company, and JA Asia Pacific, a member of JA Worldwide, the FedEx/JA ITC provides an opportunity for
students to understand business and entrepreneurship. This year, more than 90 FedEx employees volunteered as mentors,
helping the students understand the concept of international trade and guiding them in the development of their plans.
For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/AsiaPacificITC
The panel of judges in the grand finals of the competition included:
-Mr. Jason Chiu, CEO, Cherrypicks
-Dr. Dominic Chan, Founder & Chief Consultant, Decisive Consulting Limited
-Dr. Edmund Lee, Executive Director, Hong Kong Design Centre
-Mr. Norbert Tan, Executive Director, Starbucks Hong Kong and Macau
About the FedEx Express/Junior Achievement International Trade Challenge
Designed to foster business knowledge through practical teamwork exercises and classroom learning, the FedEx
Express/Junior Achievement programme comprises two key activities – the International Trade Workshops and the International Trade Challenge. To take part in the FedEx Express/Junior Achievement International Trade Challenge, students in teams of two have to
develop a specific product or service and create an original international market entry strategy for a designated
country. Through this process, students gain first-hand experience of what roles world trade, product distribution and
sales play in a market environment. In addition to teamwork, participating students learn the basics of risk evaluation
in the business world and gain confidence in their analytical ability.
About FedEx Express
FedEx Express is the world's largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than
220 countries and territories. FedEx Express uses a global air-and-ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive
shipments, by a definite time and date with a money-back guarantee .
About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce
and business services. With annual revenues of $46 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through
operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently
ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain
"absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their
customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com
About JA Asia Pacific
JA Asia Pacific is a member of JA Worldwide®, one of the largest global NGOs dedicated to addressing fundamental social
and economic challenges of young people by educating and empowering them to transform their future and own their
JA Asia Pacific is dedicated to enabling and empowering youth to benefit from the region’s economic development, and to
create a positive impact in their lives and communities. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JA Asia Pacific provides
in school and after school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness,
entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. JA Asia Pacific envisions a future that young people dream big and, as a
group, drive productive social and economic change.
For more information, visit www.ja-ap.org