YES 2017 - The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme

It's time for teachers to register for YES 2017. If you plan to teach with this programme in 2017, you can register for E-Day and download the 2017 resource pack using the button on the right.


The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) is an experiential programme where students set up and run a real business. Each YES company creates their own product or service and brings this to market.

Student learning

Through The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme, students will:

  • Learn about business planning and operations
  • Develop a range of personal and business skills
  • Consult with and create networks in their community

Curriculum links

You can deliver YES as a timetabled course, or as an extracurricular option. YES is commonly used as a vehicle to deliver Business Studies Achievement Standards at Levels 2 and 3. Other qualification options include the YE certificate (NZQA recognised), NZIM paper 836 or Achievement Standards from another learning area.

Competition

There is a $25,000 national prize pool as well as regional awards and cash prizes and tertiary scholarships. YES students have opportunities to attend national business competitions and events and maintain business networks through the YES alumni and business incubator programmes. All YES companies are eligible for competitions regardless of whether YES is being offered as a timetabled or extracurricular option.

YES 2017 - The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme

  • Year 12-13
  • 4 terms
  • Level 2 Business Studies
    Level 3 Business Studies
    YE Certificate
  • 35 per student + optional exam fee ($25 per student)
  • Led by teachers
    Training Available
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Programme Chapters

1. Start your engines

Students taking part will:

  • Learn about the programme and the YES year
  • Attend E-Day and meet their Regional Coordinator
  • Discover the range of regional and national awards 
  • Confirm their qualification pathway with teachers

Download includes:

  • YES Teaching Guide Chapter 1
  • Guide: Getting Started with your YES Company
  • Handout: Glossary
  • Handout: Mentoring Flyer
  • Handout: National YES Timeline
  • Template: YES Company Constitution
  • Template: YES School Agreement
  • Criteria: Regional Competition Marks
  • Handout: Regional Coordinator Contact Details
2. The Engine Room

Students taking part will:

  • Form a YES company and register with Young Enterprise
  • Choose their directorship role(s)
  • Learn how to run formal company meetings
  • Find a business mentor

Download includes:

  • YES Teaching Guide Chapter 2
  • Slideshow: Choosing the Right Job
  • YES Teaching Guide Chapter 2
  • Template: Meeting Agenda
  • Template: Meeting Minutes
  • Template: Weekly Action Plan
  • Handout: Director Jobs Month by Month
  • Poster: Directorship Roles
3. The Think Tank

Students taking part will:

  • Brainstorm ideas for their product/service
  • Discuss how to add value to their business idea(s)
  • Consider how to add innovation into their product/service or business model
  • Discuss the sustainability of their product/service
  • Choose their product/service

Download includes:

  • YES Teaching Guide Chapter 3
  • Handout: Added Value - What Does It Mean?
  • Slideshow: Product Ideas
  • Sweet Spot Exercise
4. Validation

Students taking part will:

  • Validate their business idea using the Lean Canvas model
  • Conduct a SWOT and risk analysis
  • Use the data generated to validate their business idea

Download includes:

  • YES Teaching Guide Chapter 4
  • Activity: YES Product or Service Feasibility Study
  • Template: Confidentiality Disclosure Agreement
  • Template: Memorandum of Understanding
5. Mission and Objectives

Students taking part will:

  • Create a vision statement for their YES company
  • Decide on a  mission statement and company values
  • Set SMART goals for the business
  • Evaluate their vision, mission, values and objectives against the quadruple bottom line

Download includes:

  • YES Teaching Guide Chapter 5
  • Handout: The Core Values of Kono
  • Handout: Vision and Mission Definitions
  • Handout: Maori Business Concepts
  • Poster: Quadruple Bottom Line
6. Marketing

Students taking part will:

  • Conduct primary and secondary market research
  • Choose a name for their product/service and start developing their brand
  • Create a Communications Plan to promote their product/service

Download includes:

  • YES Teaching Guide Chapter 6
  • Guide: How To Write a Media Release
7. Sales

Students taking part will:

  • Decide the sales methodology for their product/service
  • Find and secure sales channels

Download includes:

  • YES Teaching Guide Chapter 7
  • Guide: Storbie Manual - How to set up your online shop
8. Production

Students taking part will:

  • Develop their Production Plan
  • Examine any health & safety requirements
  • Implement Quality Control
  • Discuss whether intellectual property protection is needed

Download includes:

  • YES Teaching Guide Chapter 8
  • Guide: AJ Park Guide to Intellectual Property
  • Guide: Importing Fact Sheet
  • Guide: The Gen on IP
  • Guide: When To Consider IP - Inforgraphic
  • Template: Memorandum of Understanding
9. Finances

Students taking part will:

  • Decide how to raise the start-up capital required to launch the business
  • Decide the pricing of their product/service
  • Set up a bank account for their YES company
  • Create a Financial Plan and update directors on progress throughout the year
  • Complete all wind-up activities at the end of the YES year

Download includes:

  • YES Teaching Guide Chapter 9
  • Activity: Finance Exercise
  • Template: Share Certificate
  • Template: Excel Monthly Cashflow Forecast (NZTE)
  • Template: Excel Income Statement
  • Template: Excel Cashflow
  • Template: Excel Break Even
  • Template: End of Year Income Statement
  • Slideshow: Graphing Data (NZTE)
  • Guide: Opening a Bank Account
  • Guide: Graphing Data (NZTE)
  • Guide: FAQs Winding Up and Tax
  • Template: YES Tax Return
10. Business Planning

Students taking part will:

  • Compile all the information generated
  • Draft a Business Plan 

Download includes:

  • YES Teaching Guide Chapter 10
  • Handout: Business and Marketing Planning
  • Handout: Alternative Evidence
  • Handout: Business Activity Lean Evidence
11. Dragons' Den

Students taking part will:

  • Prepare a 5-minute pitch of their business idea
  • Pitch their business idea in the regional Dragons' Den

Download includes:

  • YES Teaching Guide Chapter 11
  • Activity: Dragons' Den Preparation
  • Criteria: Dragons' Den Marking
  • Guide: James Caan - 6 Steps to the Perfect Business Pitch
  • Handout: Tips for Dragons' Den
  • Handout: Life after Dragons Den
12. Annual Review

Students taking part will:

  • Write their Annual Review
  • Submit the Annual Review for regional and national competitions

Download includes:

  • YES Teaching Guide Chapter 12
  • Criteria: Annual Review Requirements and Marking Criteria
  • Guide: FAQs - National Awards
  • Exemplar: Just Kidding Babysitting Annual review
  • Exemplar: LawnMoa Annual review
  • Exemplar: George Annual review
  • Exemplar: Bearwood Annual review
13. Business Studies Achievement Standards

Students taking part will:

  • Complete the requirements for a range of Business Studies Achievement Standards as directed by their teacher.

Download includes:

  • YES Teaching Guide Chapter 13
  • Guide: FAQs for YES with achievement standards
  • 3.6 Slideshow: Sustainability teaching PowerPoint
  • 3.6 Exemplar: iFigure business plan - Excellence grade - AS91384
  • 3.6 Exemplar: Band Aid business plan - Achieved grade - AS91384
  • 3.6 Assessment: Student assessment task and workbook - AS91384
  • 3.6 Activity: Sustainability and the quadruple bottom line
  • 3.6 Activity: Peer performance review - AS91384
  • 3.4 Slideshow: Marketing PowerPoint
  • 3.4 Exemplar: iFigure marketing plan - Excellence grade - AS91382
  • 3.4 Exemplar: iFigure marketing plan - Achieved grade - AS91382
  • 3.4 Exemplar: Caring and Co marketing plan - Excellence grade - AS91382
  • 3.4 Assessment: Student assessment task - AS91382
  • 2.6 Exemplar: Little Helpers business plan - Excellence grade - AS90848
  • 2.6 Assessment: Student assessment task - AS90848
  • 2.6 Activity: Student workbook - AS90848
  • 2.4 Exemplar: Little Helpers Market Research - Excellence Grade - AS90846
  • 2.4 Assessment: Student Assessment Task - AS90846
  • 2.4 Activity: Student Workbook - AS90846
  • 3.6 Template: Portfolio of Evidence Checklist
14. YE Certificate

Students taking part will:

  • Complete all the requirements to gain all/part of the YE Certificate

Download includes:

  • YES Teaching Guide Chapter 14
  • Exemplar: How to Apply for NZQA Credit Inclusions
  • Template: Teachers record for YE Cert course requirements
  • Template: Student review and evidence statements
  • Template: Business Plan Marking Schedule
  • Slideshow: YE Certificate
  • Guide: YE Cert Course Requirements
  • Guide: Credit Equivalents Process
  • Guide: Business Plan Checklist
  • Exemplar: Student Review and Evidence Statements
  • Exemplar: Band Aid Business Plan
15. YE Exam

Students taking part will:

  • Sit a national exam set by Massey University (can be used as part of the YE Certificate or as a standalone qualification) 

Download includes:

  • YES Teaching Guide Chapter 15
  • Criteria: Marking Schedule
  • Exemplar: YE Exam 2015 Sample Answers
  • Guide: Learning Outcomes
  • Exemplar: 2015 Case Study
  • Exemplar: 2015 Examination
  • Exemplar_Student sample answers_2016
The Young Enterprise Scheme has had a huge impact on the students at Aparima College. This is our third year of running the scheme, and we have junior students eager to participate in future years. I would recommend the Young Enterprise Scheme to schools of all sizes and deciles.Lynne Grove, Teacher, Aparima College
I would like to give a supersonic thank you to the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme for all their help, support and the extraordinary opportunities they have offered us this year... I think that 2015 is the year of the changemakers and I can't wait to see what is to come.Sam Yelcich, Student, Waiuku College