Shnoompy Boy founder Finley Berry and business partner Lauren Adair won the UniSC Award for Youth Innovation Excellence the 2022 Moreton Bay Business and Innovation Awards.
Their business provides a space for Neurodivergent people to express themselves by showcasing their art and music while earning an income through long-term meaningful employment opportunities.
About Finley Berry and Lauren Adair
Bray Park State High School graduates Finley Berry and Lauren Adair from are the brains behind Schnoompy Boy – a business that champions Neurodivergent people.
In October, they won the UniSC Award for Youth Innovation Excellence at this year’s Moreton Bay Business and Innovation Awards.
The UniSC Award for Youth Innovation Excellence recognises an individual or group aged 18 years and younger who studies in the Moreton Bay Region, demonstrating excellence in a product, process, business model or marketing innovation, developed within the past 24 months that challenges conventional thinking and demonstrates competitiveness.
Finley backed up the win by taking third prize in the 2D Years 11, 12 and other category of the Moreton Bay Youth Art Awards the next day.
Shnoompy Boy Designs seeks to provide a space for Neurodivergent people to express themselves by showcasing their art, music and other artistic endeavours while earning an income through long-term meaningful employment opportunities.
Finley wants to use the award as a way to set stronger goals and push himself harder.
Lauren said she was only new to the Shnoompy Boy team, but was inspired by founder Finley’s creativity and drive.
“He’s amazing. Finley struggled to find work – he has autism so it makes it a lot more difficult to find a job where they accept him,” Lauren explained.
“Finley has an amazing talent for art, so he decided ‘why not create my own business?’ with his nickname he has had since he was a child – Shnoompy Boy.
“Ever since then people have loved it and it’s gone crazy.”
Lauren said she and Finley hoped to open a store where other Neurodivergent people could gather, be creative, find a place where they felt like they belonged and work at the same time.
Bray Park State High School principal Peter Turner said he was incredibly proud of what Finley and Lauren had achieved.
“The students have done a fantastic job representing Bray Park State High School, and the whole school is behind them, all 1400 students.”
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