We spoke with our very first Peppermint Pitch winner Matthew Zaranski recently about his plans for creating more opportunities for women in the construction industry. Matthew pitched the idea for his project at our PepTalks event in May leading to a resounding applause and the winning vote for $300 to put towards his project. Congratulations Matthew!
What aspect of the project are you currently working on?
Since the Peppermint Pitch in May I have been networking with influencers in the construction industry such as Lara Noble of The Tiny House Company and Nicole Cox of The Builder’s Wife to build support, discuss opportunities and generate ideas for this project. From these discussions it is evident that my next priority is to develop a business plan.
I’ve also worked with a couple of my female students to assist them with finding placement for work experience.
How do you hope to see it effect change in the community?
By working at a grass roots level to empower more women to begin a career in the construction industry, breaking down barriers and dispelling myths that the industry doesn’t have a place for women.
Longer term, I’d love to see a more even representation of women in the construction industry.
What are some of the challenges you are currently facing?
Knowing where to start, time to progress and what to call this project! The catalyst for me to take action and share my idea was when I was sitting in the audience during the PepTalks Peppermint Pitch in May, so it’s only at the early stages and I’m slowly building a network of supporters.
If desired, who would you most like to partner with in the development of your project?
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), who champion and empower women in the construction and related industries to reach their full potential. Also, likeminded individuals or businesses that have similar ambitions and are dedicated to supporting more young women to consider a career in the construction industry.
What excites you most about this project?
To engage, empower and connect young women with leaders and mentors in the construction industry.
Have you got a budding idea for a project, social enterprise or creative business you’d like to bring into the world? The Peppermint Pitch is an opportunity to pitch your idea to the audience members at our PepTalks events for the chance to win $300 and begin turning your idea into reality. To enter, simply purchase a ticket to our next PepTalks event on Tuesday the 19th of July in Brisbane and place your name down for the Peppermint Pitch upon arrival.
Three entries will be drawn during the event and asked to present a one-minute pitch to the audience of their idea. Audience voting will take place during intermission and the winner will be awarded $300 and an online interview to help support their project, social enterprise or creative business!