Get involved - join the Young Enterprise family

We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our wider YES whānau. Our sponsors, donors, supporters and volunteers are our biggest enablers, and we can always use your help in changing the lives of thousands of students every year! There are plenty of ways to help out, let us know how you’d like to be involved.

Not only do our students find great value in the expert advice that our volunteers contribute, but the volunteers themselves also find the experience to be very rewarding. There are a number of ways that you can volunteer with YES whether it's for our flagship programme or feeder experiences:

YES Company Mentor

A year-long commitment where you will advise, support and guide a YES company. As a mentor, you will engage and challenge the students, and act as a sounding board for their strategies and ideas. 

Industry Expert for a YES Company 

A shorter time commitment where you are "on-call"  to answer any questions and share insights with YES companies on an ad-hoc basis. If your schedule allows, you may like to make some school visits to lead a session in your area of expertise. While this is less time consuming than a year-long mentor, you are still able to be involved in the students' YES journey.

Speed Coach at a Kickstart Tīmata Day

Come along to a Kickstart | Tīmata session in your region for where you can speak with a variety of YES companies about their business concepts at the start of the YES programme. It’s a quickfire round of mentoring where you’ll act as a sounding board for the ideas of several YES companies in a short space of time. You can volunteer as a Speed Coach regularly or as a one-off, with each event requiring roughly a 3hour time commitment.


YES Programme Judge

We always need volunteers to judge at YES events whether it be at pitches, Regional Finals or the National Finals and there are opportunities to do so throughout the year and right across the country. 


What's required?

• Judge and provide feedback for YES teams at events such as the Pitch, EIA weekend, Regional Finals or National Finals 
• Location dependent
• One-off or regularly
• Approx. 3 hour commitment


Other areas you can volunteer: 

Feeder Experience Judge 

You can also judge at one of our Feeder Experiences for our younger students:

  • 3-hour commitment
  • One-off commitment according to schedule
  • Opportunities available across the country

Event Volunteer: 

We have so many events throughout the year that could always do with a few extra hands on deck as general helpers. 

  • YES Kickstart | Tīmata Days (February - March) 
  • BP Business Challenges (February - November)
  • Entrepreneurs in Action Weekend (June)
  • YES Regional Finals (October)
  • YES National Finals (December) 


Entrepreneurs in Action Company Mentor:

EIA is an intensive 3-day experience where 80 of our most passionate YES students come to Wellington to compete in two business challenges. As an EIA company mentor, you will help the students come together as a team to best utilise their group dynamic. From you, the teams will need guidance through the content of their business case and feedback on their ideas. However, it is important for an EIA mentor to know when to provide direction, and when to stand back from the team's work.

I'd like to volunteer
For everything I put into mentoring a team, I truly get significantly more back. Just being exposed to the vivacity and enthusiasm of young students is incredibly uplifting... And its FUN!
Ken Williamson, Crombie Lockwood
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For a small, lean charity we do a lot for young people across New Zealand, but we rely on the help of our generous sponsors, supporters and donors.

Many people know of our flagship programme, The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme, where senior secondary students form companies and operate a business with real profit and loss.

However, this is just one of the many enterprise and innovation programmes that we run for students to provide authentic and engaging learning experiences to help them leave school better prepared for the real world. Additionally, we offer opportunities for students to develop a global entrepreneurial mindset through international trips and projects.

We love what we do, because we’re equipping today’s students to become tomorrow’s leaders, changemakers and disruptors! But we need your support, and every dollar counts.

If you would like to support our vision by donating please visit our Givealittle page


Make a donation

We love our sponsors, and so should you. There are plenty of ways that you can help out - you can join our supporter whānau ranging from one-off donations through to Platinum Sponsorship.

Sponsorship Opportunities:


  • YES National Excellence Award

Naming Rights for an industry-specific award: arts and culture; sales and marketing; Māori business; Pasifika business


  • Event-Specific

We have sponsorship opportunities for all events: Entrepreneurs in Action; New Zealand Business Hall of Fame; It's Business Time Conference 


  • Rangatahi Business Challenge

Sponsor the 3-day challenge as the principal national sponsor or fund a Rangatahi Business Challenge in your region


  • Funding for our Facilitated Experiences

Sponsor industry-specific events (e.g. the BP Business Challenge or the Growing NZ Innovation Challenge)


  • Regional Sponsorship
  • Financial Capability training and resources 


We're always open to hearing new ideas on how you can help us - just get in touch. We'd love to hear from you! 

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