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Teens’ help tech-troubled seniors

16-year-old Jack Unwin is helping people make sense of technology is. Photo: Matt Brown.

A tech-savvy student is helping pensioners get to grips with technology while fundraising for charity at the same time.

Entrepreneur Jack Unwin, 16, from Blenheim has launched a new business – TechZupport.

And while his prime goal is to help people struggling with technology, companionship has been a bonus, he says.

“It’s teaching basic skills, like using Facetime, TVNZ OnDemand or Netflix,” Jack says.

“We have a cup of tea, a chat and learn about technology together.”

“We want to give them a better understanding. It’s giving an idea about new technology, so they don’t feel swamped.”

The Year 12 Marlborough Boys’ College student wants to go on to study engineering at university.

In the meantime, his new company focuses on companionship and learning together rather than simply fixing a problem.

He says TechZupport is off to a good start with several repeat customers.

“Part of it is learning business myself,” he says.

“I’d like to invest in, grow and expand the company.

Jack says he’s actively looking to partner with banks and medical institutions to provide tailored help with things like online banking and health monitoring software.

“I’d love to help out in those scenarios. It helps doctors and patients.”

As Graeme Dingle board youth representative, Jack says starting the business isn’t just about money, with a percentage of each job going to the charity.

But ultimately, he would like to see it grow bigger with dreams of expanding the business to Nelson and Wanaka.

“It’s definitely a service that people need,” he says.

It’s not just computers he helps with, he says he’s even helped a client with a microwave.

If you need help with your tech, send Jack an email at [email protected]

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