Celebrating our amazing alumni

Thousands of talented students participate in our programs every year, so we're always interested in hearing about the exciting things that they've gone on to achieve. We want to share these stories, celebrate alumni success, seed new connections and provide networking opportunities.

It’s that time of year again where we celebrate the achievements of our most outstanding alumni.

The YES Alumni Awards celebrate the accomplishments of an estimated 75,000 students that have participated in a Young Enterprise programme. We want to pay kudos to the incredible people who have gone on to do cool things in business and share their stories, and we’d like you to tell us who they are. 

This year you can nominate a YES alum for one of three categories:

  • Distinguished Alumni: an alumnus/a of any YES programme, who has had a noticeable impact on business over 15+ years, preferably with significant value to New Zealand.


  • Emerging Alumni: an alumnus/a of any YES programme who has made a clear contribution to business, preferably with value to New Zealand. The contribution could include (but is not limited to) founding their own company or using their entrepreneurial skills to grow or contribute to an existing business.


  • One to Watch: an alumnus/a of any YES programme in the last five years, who has demonstrated a passion for business and/or entrepreneurship. This could include (but is not limited to) founding a company, contributing to an existing company, or actively engaging in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.


You can nominate anyone you’d like, including yourself!


Nominations for the 2019 YES Alumni Awards open on September 6 and will close on September 25, so get thinking about who you’d like to nominate.


In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact Colin.Kennedy@youngenterprise.org.nz