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Published 22 November 2023

WICS, from Matthew Flinders Anglican College, was crowned the winner of the Future Anything National Grand Final Showcase 2023 at a high-profile event live at from The Triffid in Brisbane this week.

In the culmination of Future Anything’s Activate 2023 program, twenty teams of school-age entrepreneurs exhibited their innovative, scalable and sustainable social enterprise products in the Future Anything National Grand Final 2023 Showcase. Winners were selected by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable judging panel of Chloe Alley (Founder, By Chloe & 2021 Future Anything Grand Final Winner) Kiavash Pulo (2020 Future Anything Grand Final Winner), Murray Galbraith (Creative Director, Syntropic Studio) and Yas Grigaliunas (Founder & Chief Evangelist, Circonomy).

The event was generously supported by Major Partners Advance Queensland and the Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur and a host of epic organisations who contributed prizes to support the school-age entrepreneurs.

WICS was crowned Future Anything Grand Final Showcase 2023 winner, taking out the top prize worth over close to $10,000. The prize pack included $1000 cash, a ‘Discovery & Development Day’ with Circonomy,  a package and support to feature at the By Chloe North Harbour Youngpreneur Market in late 2023, and, excitingly, inclusion in the 2024 cohort of YouthX, Australia’s only accelerator program for school-age entrepreneurs. So impressed by the calibre of the winner on the night, judge Murray Galbraith added an incredible brand development support package to the prize pool.

The winning enterprise, created by Emerson, a Year 6 student from Matthew Flinders Anglican College on the Sunshine Coast has created an innovative new product that relieves discomfort and provides ease to children with a central line. The top prize will support Emerson to develop and scale his business in the real world.

On announcing WICS as the winner, Chloe Alley said “Founders always have resilience, passion and purpose, what stood out for us as judges is that WICS took their personal experience and planted a seed to create a product that solves a problem with global ambition.

Chloe added “We discussed the fact that when your ‘why’ is big enough, you’ll work out the ‘how’ and tonight, Emerson demonstrated this beyond words.”

The honours for WICS didn’t stop there. The team also took of the hotly-contest People’s Choice 2023, voted for by the live audience at The Triffid on the night, adding additional cash support and opportunities for Emerson to further scale WICS.

Incredible Insects took out the Runner Up spot, making it the Showcase a clean sweep for Matthew Flinders Anglican College.

Year 6 students Emma and Isla have created insect-shaped chocolates that support the environment and discourage the use of neonicotinoids, which have a harmful impact on the environment.

Incredible Insects took home $500 in funding and a package and support to feature at the By Chloe North Harbour Youngpreneur Market in late 2023.

Judge Kia Pulo said “It was close to impossible to choose and the brilliant showcase teams made our decision incredible difficult. I really want to say to every single team a huge ‘well done’. What made our Runner Up, Incredible Insects, a standout was their deep consideration of a very complex problem and incredible attention to detail.”

The showcase wasn’t the only feature of the Future Anything National Grand Final 2023. The event also saw the eight top teams from the National Semi Finals pitch live on stage to a high-profile judging panel.

The Future Anything National Grand Final Winner 2023 was awarded to Unified First Aid (Ferny Grove State High School), Grand Final Runner up to Ashan Industries (Canterbury College) with two teams, Paw Print Books (MacGregor State High School) and Chipz (Brisbane South State Secondary College) the judges’ choice as Highly Commended. Read more about the  Future Anything National Grand Final 2023 winners here.

The Grand Finalists’ enterprises were developed as part of Future Anything’s Activate in-school entrepreneurship program, which tasks school-age students to create innovative, sustainable and scalable businesses that solve the problems that matter to them. Finalist teams were selected from over 250 applications from schools across Australia in a series of competitive live National Semi Finals held in October.

In addition to showcasing the best student-led social enterprises, the Future Anything National Grand Final celebrated the teachers who have led  entrepreneurial thinking in their classrooms with the second Future Anything Educator Awards. Read more about the winners here.

Reflecting on the event, Nicole Dyson, CEO & Founder of Future Anything, said “The foundation of all the work we do at Future Anything is the belief that youth-led ideas have the power to bend the future. This stuff that our students showed  us today has the potential to change the fabric of the future moving forward.”

Nic added “I invite everyone watching today to find even a small gesture of support for a young person you know that might unlock their ability to bend the future.”

Future Anything National Grand Final 2023 Showcase – Full Results


WINNER – WICS (Matthew Flinders Anglican College)

RUNNER UP – Incredible Insects (Matthew Flinders Anglican College)

PEOPLE’S CHOICE – WICS (Matthew Flinders Anglican College)

Meet the showcase teams

Artificial Best Biting Lures

Faith Lutheran College Redlands, QLD

Build Oskar

Brisbane Boys' College, QLD

CogniShield Sportswear

Cardijn College (SA)

Denmark Botanical Soap Co.

Redbank Plains SHS, QLD

Elite Fitness

Emerald SHS, QLD

Incredible Insects

Matthew Flinders Anglican College, QLD

Jarrah Bath Bombs

Redbank Plains SHS, QLD


Brisbane South SSC, QLD


Kingswood College, VIC

Making Hijabs

North Rockhampton SHS, QLD

Marine Clean Boat Pod

St Andrew's Anglican College, QLD


Corinda SHS, QLD


Matthew Flinders Anglican College, QLD

Simply Smile Subscription

Shailer Park SHS


Bentley Park College, QLD

The Sustainable Fisherman

Yarrabilba SSC, QLD

The Sustainable Surfer

St Edmund's College, QLD


Matthew Flinders Anglican College, QLD


Matthew Flinders Anglican College, QLD

Woof Watchers

Matthew Flinders Anglican College, QLD

Worry Warriors

Wavell SHS, QLD

Meet the Showcase Judges

Chloe Alley

Founder, By Chloe & Future Anything National Grand Final Winner 2021

Murray Galbraith

Creative Director, Syntropic Studio & Head of Product, BuillionFX

Yas Grigaliunas

Founder & Chief Evangelist, Circonomy

Kiavash Pulo

Future Anything National Grand Final Winner 2020


Huge thank you to all the partners, sponsors, educators and students who make this event possible.

Major Event Partners

The Future Anything National Grand Final 2023 took place at The Triffid in Brisbane and live online on Monday 20 November 2023. It was the culmination of Future Anything’s  Activate in-curriculum entrepreneurship program.

Registrations for Activate 2024 are now open. Click here to read more about Activate.

Watch the Future Anything National Grand Final 2023 on YouTube here (coming soon!) and check out all the individual team pitches on our Enterprises page (coming soon!)

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