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Paige Sullivan

Pss Beauty

Paige Sullivan’s relationship with PTANZ started shortly after she left school and is one of bravery, resilience and strength.

The now 23-year-old suffered a violent assault during her last year at high school which left her with anxiety, low self esteem and struggling to focus on her future.

Paige was floundering academically, but she was (and still is) interested in business so she completed the our Enterprise workshop online. After the course, Paige was matched with a mentor, former L’Oréal NZ country manager Martin Smith, which she says was “the most valuable thing.” Together they have refined and developed, Pss (Paige Sullivan’s Secrets) Beauty; luxury false lashes designed to inspire self-esteem through beautiful eyes.

“Creating a business centred around female empowerment and creating success in whatever you want to do,” lies at the heart of Paige’s business philosophy. Paige has overcome many hurdles, both personally and professionally, and next year she will complete her undergraduate university degree. 

Pss Beauty was recently granted $20,000 from our He Kākano Seed Fund, and will launch in June 2023 to coincide with the school ball season.

During 2021, Paige was involved in a case study for Te Kete Aronui - a collaboration between The Prince’s Trust Aotearoa New Zealand and The Ministry of Youth Development (MYD). Te Kete Aronui redefined what ‘good’ looks like in Youth Enterprise programmes. 

Te Kete Aronui solidified the relationship between MYD and PTANZ and led to He Kākano, the unique $2M partnership between the trust, government and corporates, that will fund 100-young entrepreneurs in two-years.

“I learned all of the basics to get my business idea off the ground, alongside teaching me more about myself as an individual and the importance of mindset.”