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Students aim to start own water company

Five chemistry students from the University of Papua New Guinea are on track to establish their very own mineral water company.

The Healing Wave enriched mineral water is expected hit the shelves of supermarkets by 2024, as investors have already rallied behind the start-up to commence operations as soon as possible.

The decision was reached by the group members after winning the annual 2023 Business Plan Competition for Aspiring Entrepreneurs, hosted by the UPNG School of Business and Public Policy.

Group team leader Gloria Mabiria told the Post Courier in an interview that the team hopes that ‘Healing Wave’ will be the country’s number one choice in the future.

“Our enriched mineral water bottles are the healthiest choice for consumers.

“This is because our product itself is made up extracts from all the vital nutrients, elements
and minerals found in common fruits grown in our country.

“These extracts are then taken and mixed into purified water to give us the tasty, enriched
and very healthy ‘Healing Wave’ water.

“We hope this is something that Papua New Guineans can come to love and enjoy in the future.”

She further added that the team is also in the final process of registering their company; Niugini Wave Limited, to commence initial operations.

“Investors have already shown keen interest in our product, so we are working to register our company before the end of the year. We are looking to base our operations in Goroka and Lae,” she said.

The group is currently in the process of acquiring an official patent for their product, with support from their mentors from the University.

Miss Mabiria highlighted that winning the 2023 Business Plan competition is a stepping stone for the group in their business venture.

“We would like to thank our hard-working mentors Dr Suresh Babu and Ms Jolanda Mathew, including our supportive peers Ms Bainam Wou and Ms Onycha Sol,” she said.

“Winning the competition is a dream come true for us, and in this point forward, we would like to do our best in ensuring ‘Healing Wave’ becomes a reality.”