World Expo 2020: The Global Kaitiakitanga Project

In 2019 we partnered with NZ at Expo 2020 to create the Global Kaitiakitanga Project – a 14-month programme of high-quality mentoring and international collaboration for five Years 11-12 YES companies with a focus on sustainability. We're thrilled to announce the GKP is back for 2021 with a new cohort of YES companies!

An International Business Opportunity for YES Students


Five returning YES companies will be selected for a 7-month long programme (March 2021 - Sept. Receiving invaluable mentorship including 4 workshops led by NZTE experts. The winning team may travel to Expo 2020 in Dubai through December 2021 or January 2022, to showcase their product in the New Zealand pavilion (depending on international travel restrictions at the time). This is an all-expenses-paid programme including travel and participation costs.

Note - While this programme has been designed to work alongside the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES), it is, in fact, a stand-alone New Zealand at Expo 2020 initiative.

Applications opening in February 2021.

Check out all the fun cohort 1 had:

Five YES companies with a focus on sustainability were selected to participate in the Global Kaitiakitanga Project in early 2019.

The five companies spent 14 months receiving mentorship, workshops with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and travelled to Thailand in October 2019 (sponsored by the Southeast Asia Centre for Asia Pacific Excellence) to provide engagement with other youth enterprise organisations, and to validate their product or service internationally.

All their hard work culminated in the final pitch event in September 2020 where Brooke Moore of Wrapt was announced as the programme winner for Cohort 1. Brooke impressed the judges with her eco-friendly plastic wrap alternative. Brooke won herself $1,000 towards the further development of Wrapt.

Cohort 1 participants:

CloudMass - Glendowie College

Wrapt - Tauhara College

Te Kete o Tangaroa - Havelock North High School

Top That! - Tauhara College

Te Tuitui Matauranga - St. John's College


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Visit the Global Kaitiakitanga Project landing page for updates and more information. 


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World Expo 2020: The Global Kaitiakitanga Project