News, announcements and more.

Nov 30, 2021

Tribute to Jake Millar

When someone I respect suggested to me that I write a piece as a tribute to Jake Millar, my first thought was “not me”.

Oct 19, 2021

Graduation spotlights mental health

Samantha Fairhall, CEO of The Hope for Happiness, was the first 13th grade business student at Middleton Grange School to come up with the concept of The Little Book of...

Oct 06, 2021

Ice broken on an old problem

The trio of highschool inventors have developed the FrostEase Flexi Mat device, which is designed to stop water troughs from icing over - a real issue during winter in the...

Oct 06, 2021

NZ × # SDGs Entrepreneurship Ideathon BizVenture

At this event, the Young Enterprise Trust (YES) and The North Asia Center of Asia-Pacific Excellence (a research institution established within the University of Auckland), which runs an entrepreneurship development...

Sep 27, 2021

YES Students Success With New Business

Called Equal Earrings, the trio from Wanaka (Eve Paddon, Toto Tanabe and Jaymie Tervoort) were inspired by the 1970s feminist movements, and have a range of different colours, shapes and...

Sep 23, 2021

Young authors embrace diversity

Gordon, a Year 13 Waikato Diocesan School student, and her student partners in a Young Enterprise Scheme company, have just published a children’s book, JJ’s Adventures, which introduces young readers...

Sep 21, 2021

Old devices given new purpose

Set up during the nationwide lockdown last year, Recycle a Device (Rad) is a project with with the goal of closing the digital divide for school pupils and young people...

Sep 15, 2021

Teens breaking mental health stigma for young people

Freyberg High School students Hayley Searle, 17, Jemma Grant, 17, and Brie McConachy, 18, have started a small business, called Impact, focused on the importance of mental health in teenagers...

Aug 18, 2021

Student businesses shine at YES Trade Fair

Held at the Old Packhouse Market and sponsored by lines company Top Energy, the annual trade fair is a chance for Northland's young entrepreneurs to test their ideas and sales...

Aug 18, 2021

Environmental challenge spurs young entrepreneurs’ creative thinking

“Rangatahi are our future leaders and innovators. Having the opportunity to engage and support their creativity through an environmentally-themed challenge in Entrepreneurs in Action was a real privilege," says Anne Haira, MfE  Deputy Secretary.  

Aug 10, 2021

Making a difference

This inspired her to start the Good Start Foundation a year ago to help students who do so much for their community but don’t have the financial security and means...

Aug 10, 2021

Trust shows path to unusual careers

The trust, which co-ordinates a range of initiatives and has teaching mentors and programme directors around the country, held its first Te Pae Tawhiti careers summit in Napier last Friday.

Aug 10, 2021

Breakdown drives pupils to write safety book

James Hargest College pupils Eden Selman, Harriet Gilder, Stellar Waipouri and Carissa MacLennan noticed that like them, many teenagers did not know how to act in tricky situations such as...

Jul 23, 2021

A pot pourri of new student businesses

It will be the first public outing for students taking part in the this year's Young Enterprise Scheme(YES), in which budding entrepreneurs create an innovative product or service, market it...

Jul 23, 2021

Latin America the focus of student group

Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) in partnership with Victoria University’s Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (LatAm CAPE) have led a group of 16 years 12 and 13 pupils from across...

Jul 14, 2021

New kids on the block's woolly solution

The Woolly Wedge was created by Under the Door Enterprises, a group of 10 students from Kavanagh College in Dunedin, as part of a Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) project.

Jun 29, 2021

Challenge immerses pupils

The Otago Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES), is hosting the Otepoti Rangatahi Business Challenge at the University of Otago’s Business School this week.

Jun 21, 2021

Delivering for Henderson-Massey

Henderson-Massey Local Board has agreed to its work programme for the financial year 2021-22, committing to funding projects that benefit the community across a variety of areas including the environment,...

Jun 11, 2021

Company with a cause

Earlier this year, students Miah Watson, Sivera Peneha and Erika McKee set up Maka, the name they have given their business, to teach more Kiwis te reo Maori.

Jun 10, 2021

Young Taranaki entrepreneurs receive recognition

Participants in the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES), a programme where students learn about aspects of business through running their own small enterprise, met with Kuriger as she sponsors the Enhancing...

May 31, 2021

Teacher relates thoughts on scheme

The national Young Enterprise Scheme marked its 40th anniversary recently with a celebration held at Te Papa in Wellington.

May 24, 2021

Pacific Dreams - Pacific themed home decor

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) is an opportunity for students to unleash their inner entrepreneur and experience the start-up world first-hand.

May 14, 2021

Pleased by role in start-ups

Accountant Jamie Reidie has been appointed the Dunedin City Council representative on the Start-up Dunedin board.

Jan 12, 2021

Young CEO’s culture forefront of mind

With a background built on his Samoan and Tokelauan values and morals, and faith encouraged by the Catholic church and his parents, 17-year-old Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Malaga Aukusotino mixes service...

Dec 15, 2020

SLIC NZ Named YES Company of the Year 2020

Pakuranga College students have been awarded The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Company of the Year for their SLIC NZ (Sign Language Interactive Cards).

Dec 14, 2020

Pacific Business Alive and Well

Bishop Viard College company The Hustle has claimed the National Excellence Business Award for Pasifika Business at last week’s Lion Foundation YES National Awards 2020, staged at Te Papa Tongarewa.

Sep 08, 2020

YES Alumni Spotlight - Matt Billington

Matt Billington is very familiar with The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme, participating in the scheme for 3 consecutive years across 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Aug 04, 2020

YES Alumni Spotlight - Anna Campbell

Anna Campbell participated in The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme in both 2009 and 2010 at Southland Girls' High School where her YES companies created Teal bows and women's underwear...

Dec 10, 2019

Business Leaders Recognised at YES Alumni Awards

The Young Enterprise (YES) Alumni Awards celebrate the achievements of an estimated 75,000 students who have completed the Young Enterprise Scheme where students work in teams to create and run...

Nov 01, 2019

Peepi Packs this year's big Northland winner

A student from Hiwa i Te Rangi (the Northland College School for Young Parents) has won the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme's Top Energy YES Northland Company of the Year title.

Oct 15, 2019

Chile Reflection - Savannah Bakker

Throughout this trip I have learnt and gained so much experience that will not only help me in Business, but in my personal life.

Oct 14, 2019

Chile Reflection - James Clifford

The moment when Team Uprise Digital was announced as the winners of EIA weekend 2019 was one of exhilaration for our whole team, because all our hard work had paid off.

Oct 14, 2019

Chile Reflection - Maia Baron

Similar to entering a new market, entering a new country is very much the same. Walking blindly into a trip with a new team and new challenge was one thing, but...

Oct 13, 2019

Chile Reflection - Christina Lamb

Over the past seven days in Chile, I have learnt so much about the culture and the Chilean way of doing business from the jam-packed week of business meetings and activities.

Oct 12, 2019

Chile Reflection - Alli Kennedy

Thinking back on my time in Chile the most significant aspects that come to mind are, the friendly people, the personal business relationship and the importance of international networking.

Oct 11, 2019

Chile Reflection - Eddie Hogan

Over the trip, I feel my cultural knowledge of the region and really just the world in general. Before leaving I had very little knowledge about Chile in any aspect.

Sep 09, 2019

YES group get tips from the top

A group of Gisborne Girls’ High School students got to learn from the best ahead of the next Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) challenge.

Aug 29, 2019

Yes to business success

An invitation to attend the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame gala dinner as a student escort was an opportunity not to be missed for Year 13 student, Young Enterprise...

Jul 31, 2019

Argentina Reflection - Sean Gibbs

Where do I even start? The seven days we spent in Argentina were incredible. I met so many amazing people with fantastic stories.

Jul 31, 2019

Argentina Reflection - Isabella Bouwer

On Sunday the 14th of July, 8 New Zealand students traveled from all over the country to meet at Auckland International Airport to embark on a trip of a lifetime. 

Jul 31, 2019

Argentina Reflection - Justyce Toeke

To say that my time in Argentina was unforgettable would be an understatement. Over the course of only 8 days, I was able to meet life-long friends and learn about...

Jul 31, 2019

Argentina Reflection - Kupa Pohe

Leaving home in the sunny HB, I was unprepared, I didn’t know what I had got myself into with this big trip, packing my bags an hour before leaving to...

Jul 30, 2019

Argentina Reflection - Millie Wilcox

On July 14th I embarked on the life-changing ‘Entrepreneurs in Argentina’ program. This trip gave me a deeper understanding of the argentine economy and how businesses mitigate the effects of...

May 29, 2019

Argentina Business Beckons

Justyce is one of eight New Zealand pupils selected for the nine-day trip, from more than 100 applications, based on their passion for business, interest in learning about other cultures...

May 16, 2019

Vietnam Business Challenge

The week-long experience in the Vietnamese capital exposed these young Kiwis to the opportunities awaiting them outside of school and in the Southeast Asia region.

May 16, 2019

Vietnam Reflection - Juliette Hauter

Being selected by SEA CAPE to take part in their Business Challenge programme in Vietnam has got to be one of my most valuable accomplishments.

May 16, 2019

Vietnam Reflection - Hamish Turner

Wow. Just wow.  What a trip!  Who Knew 7 days could be so filled with exhilarating activities, packed days, tiring nights, confusing moments, funny laughs, an insane amount of learning...

May 16, 2019

Vietnam Reflection - Detroit Hale

Before i get into this I would like to thank the young enterprise scheme foundation and sea cape for dedicating their time and funding into providing us with this life...

May 16, 2019

Vietnam Reflection - Brooke Moore

The moment I set foot into the Auckland Airport from domestic arrivals, I was not only overcome with enthusiasm for the week ahead - but also a dominating, nagging stress.

May 10, 2019

Students Reflect on Experiences in Colombia

The eight New Zealand students who travelled to Latin America for the Entrepreneurship in Colombia programme have had three months to reflect on their experiences.

Feb 22, 2019

Colombia Reflection - Dan Tolmie

Throughout the trip, my perception of business just exponentially grew, particularly in setting up in an environment like Colombia.

Feb 14, 2019

ZURU Internship - Kevin Li

So, when the opportunity of interning at one of the fastest growing toy companies in the world came around, I submitted my application video, not expecting much.

Feb 14, 2019

ZURU Internship - Grayson Ashby

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme was one of the most hectic, challenging and awesome experience of my life! I started the year hanging out with mates with an idea...

Feb 11, 2019

Singapore Reflection - Patrick Roskam

Singapore well what can I say they don’t call it the lion city for nothing. It’s Bloody awesome. Here’s a rundown on what I got up to.

Feb 04, 2019

Singapore Reflection - Neils Grosmann

For me, Sentosa Island was a chance to get to know the rest of my team, the venue was absolutely beautiful with palm trees and white sand, it gave me...

Feb 04, 2019

Singapore Reflection - Caitlin Bradley

There’s nothing more valuable than experience. Throughout my intensive last year of high school, the Young Enterprise Scheme taught me how to run my own business; marketing, management, idea conception...

Feb 04, 2019

Singapore Reflection - Jessica Reiher

I tripped over a lot during my first few days in Singapore. Now this was partially a result of my chronic clumsiness and dizzying jet lag, but mainly due to...

Feb 04, 2019

Singapore Reflection - Logan Schokking

This is my third time trying to write these reflections. Each time I felt I didn’t do justice on the experiences I had and what I’ve learned so I’ve summed...

Feb 04, 2019

Singapore Reflection - Max Benter-Lynch

I've started comparing my trip to Singapore to the blossoming of a flower because it is such a strong simile and it was the Dixit card I drew..

Feb 04, 2019

Singapore Reflection - Zoe Rookes

In the time leading up to this trip I was quite nervous about how hard this trip might be and of meeting all the others.

Jan 08, 2019

Sao Paulo Reflection - Abbey Crawford

The cultural experience I have gained from Brazil is amazing and the fact that we had Brazilian students actually showing us what their day to day lives consisted of was...

Jan 07, 2019

A triumph for the Far North

The Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) has always been strong in the Far North, but never stronger than in 2018, two schools collecting three of the nine national awards, against competition...

Dec 20, 2018

Sao Paulo Reflection - Yonni Kepes

On hearing that I had won a trip to Brazil, my first opinion was that the country seemed strange and I wouldn’t be a massive fan of the culture there.

Dec 20, 2018

Sao Paulo Reflection - Kevin Li

São Paulo, one of the world’s largest metropolitan cities, has a vibrance to it unlike any city in New Zealand.

Dec 20, 2018

Sao Paulo Reflection - Fateh Singh

Meu nome é Fateh SinghEu tenho dezoito anosEu venho da Auckland, Nova ZelandiaEu realmente curti meu tempo no BrasilEu estou levando memórias para a vida

Nov 22, 2018

Young Enterprise Auckland East Regional Awards

On Monday the 29th of October, two Year 13 Business Studies groups represented Pakuranga College at the annual Young Enterprise Auckland East Regional Awards held at the B:Hive, Smales Farm in Takapuna.

Nov 07, 2018

Regional Recognition at Young Enterprise Scheme Awards

The Young Enterprise Scheme (YES), a programme that encourages innovation and provides foundation business skills for the next generation of business leaders, is offered as a co-curricular opportunity in the...

Nov 07, 2018

CEOs and Founders announced as finalists

What do the co-founder of Kiwibank, the founder of Girlboss NZ, and the creator of the Education Perfect empire all have in common? They completed the Young Enterprise Scheme when...

Nov 06, 2018

Invaluable Business Insights

My first learning point was about the Chilean culture and history. Coming from New Zealand, an incredibly young country with little history, I found Chile’s history incredibly intriguing.

Nov 06, 2018

Networking, Technology and Burgers

The first night in Santiago we went to a local burger restaurant for dinner called Fuente Alemana. Incredibly tired and very hungry, we all found seats around the eating bar.

Nov 05, 2018

Spice of success for young Matamata inventor

A Waikato secondary school student and serial entrepreneur who invented a kitchen spice rack took home top honours at the Waikato – King Country Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme Awards...

Nov 05, 2018

Te reo cards a winning hand

Giving back to the community and educating more people in basic Te Reo was the goal of the winners of Otago's Young Enterprise Scheme awards this year - and they...

Nov 05, 2018

Best CEO award caps YES success

Gisborne Girls’ High School student Nitha Vashti was the big winner at the YES awards final when, in a surprise announcement, she was named the national Young Enterprise Scheme (YES)...

Nov 05, 2018

Young Ideas, Real Businesses

The future is looking bright as this year’s talented high school business students from throughout Southland prepare for The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Regional Final.

Aug 22, 2018

No followers | Alen Yeritsyan

On the final day I saw many changes in myself with how I present myself to the group and to the presenters as I have more confidence.

Aug 22, 2018

Businesses should be unique | Daniel Hu

Talking to all the different leaders in their respective businesses, all of them brought up something that struck my mind - they were unique in each of their own ways.

Jul 17, 2018

Business student ready to take flight

Nelson student Tiare Donelan is set to build on her business skills in an international setting, after being awarded a field trip to Chile.

Jul 10, 2018

Brazil beckons young business whizz

As part of the prize, the winning team of eight goes to Brazil later this year to work with  businesses, gaining international experience from the  Latin American market.

Jul 04, 2018

Joining top young entrepreneurs

Second-year computer science and business student and Vice-Chancellor's Significant Student Scholarship recipient Olaf Wrieden is heading to Melbourne in July as one of 30 top student entrepreneurs chosen from around...

Jul 04, 2018

Hawke's Bay students take on Latin America

Forty-eight hours of virtually no sleep has earned a Hastings Christian School student a trip to Brazil and a $7000 scholarship to attend Massey University.

Jun 05, 2018

Free mobile app to fight stress and anxiety

Experiencing deep stress and anxiety at the separation of his parents was one of the triggers for Coby Molan to work on an app that could help teenagers like him.

Apr 09, 2018

Mural beautifies wall alongside the library

Eastland Network, Gisborne District Council and Project Ataahua are collaborating on the colourful artwork, which will welcome visitors to the renovated library due to open on April 16.

Mar 23, 2018

Students Selected for Singapore Study Tour

The Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPE) has worked with Young Enterprise and the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Singapore to create a business study tour with the aim...

Jan 11, 2018

YES student studies Brazilian street art

GISBORNE Girls’ High student Rebecca Collier is back from the trip of a lifetime to Sao Paulo, Brazil as part of a Young Enterprise Scheme initiative.

Jan 08, 2018

New mural for Childers Road

GISBORNE artist Lina Marsh has created a new city mural about the region’s diverse cultures on Business Applications’ Childers Road wall.

Dec 20, 2017

Are Young Kiwis making the most of LinkedIn?

This year I’ve been fortunate to be involved with The Young Enterprise Trust – NZ’s leading resource on all things enterprise and financial literacy for young Kiwis – from mentoring...

Dec 15, 2017

Our teams mix it with the best at YES awards

GISBORNE'S young entrepreneurial talent did the city proud last week when teams from Campion College and Gisborne Girls’ High School represented the region at the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Awards...

Dec 12, 2017

Year 10s get business savvy

Year 10 students broke out their business wear at the end of November to design and market a product with the Young Enterprise Scheme’s BP Business Challenge.

Nov 21, 2017

Case study: The Growing NZ Innovation Challenge

Through this programme students will learn to investigate a problem within the primary industries, develop potential solutions, build a prototype for the solution they have developed and present this persuasively...

Oct 31, 2017

A Completely Different World | William Reynolds

Wow. Seeing the speed, talent and scale of companies in San Francisco was just incredible. People are working on bigger problems, with more talent and larger budgets than we can fathom...

Aug 28, 2017

Promoting Te Reo

Five young entrepreneurs at Otumoetai College are turning their interest in te reo Maori into a business.

Aug 11, 2017

Pupils have business scheme in the bag

A group of South Otago High School pupils have come up with a business plan to cut back on plastic waste and encourage ecofriendly attitudes by using reusable produce bags.

Aug 07, 2017

College students and inmates launch BRUTHAS

A group of young inmates and students from Catholic secondary school St John's College in Hastings have formed a company called BRUTHAS as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme.

Aug 03, 2017

Nifty solution for the environment in the bag

Nifty & Co was created by five St Mary's Diocesan School students, who developed their idea as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme, in which students from around the country...

Jul 24, 2017

Far North student business a winner

Parakore produces a cleansing tea based on Northland ingredients and rongoa Maori (traditional healing), and is run by Kerikeri High students Shannen Frear, Kristin Mellar and Billie Klinac.

Jul 11, 2017

Sharing learning from both sides of the wire

Head of Commerce at St John’s College, David Ivory, generated the spark when he encouraged his business students to think big with their Young Enterprise project.

Jul 03, 2017

A Better way for Butter

GISBORNE is the launching pad for a revolutionary butterstick product thought up by a group of Campion College students and pitched at the Dragons’ Den competition, part of the Young...

Jun 26, 2017

A bright idea to help dyslexic students

A group of Tauranga Girls' College students have come up with an idea that could help dyslexic students – and save them hundreds of dollars.

Jun 23, 2017

Timaru entrepreneurs push celebrity cookbook to battle depression

Their business concept is centered on helping people through depression using hard copy cookbooks with QR codes on the pages for people to scan, linking to videos of New Zealand celebrities speaking about their experiences with either depression...

Jun 06, 2017

8 things we can learn from Silicon Valley

After the trip, I realised that I had learnt so much about entrepreneurship within these few days and that I wanted to help budding Kiwi entrepreneurs too by sharing what...

May 30, 2017

Protein wins BP Business Challenge

The BP Business Challenge is a unique three-day learning programme to develop skills, connect students to their community and build their understanding of how successful businesses operate.

May 08, 2017

Start Up Spotlight Series | Sharesies

The strong team of financial pros, award winning developers and a super skilled designer came together with a common goal “we want someone with $50 to have the same investment...

May 08, 2017

Start Up Spotlight Series | Banqer

Banqer is an interactive online learning tool that is used to assist the teaching of financial literacy in schools across New Zealand.

May 05, 2017

Kiwi Financial Startup Wins NZ First

The startup was awarded the Child Youth Finance International ‘Economic Citizenship Education’ Award at the Global Inclusion Awards ceremony.

Apr 28, 2017

Aliens learn about cultural celebration

Year 13 student Vaneel Ram, chief executive officer of the group Festivilia says the idea behind their children’s book  ‘A Year of Festivals’ is based on exploring cultural celebrations and discovering the...

Apr 20, 2017

Honour for fishing industry pioneer

A Whanganui businesswoman who was at the forefront of the country's fishing industry for about 30 years will be inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame in July.

Mar 24, 2017

Supporter Highlight - NZ Aid Programme

Entrepreneurship can be a powerful force to drive positive change globally. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) manages the New Zealand Aid Programme.

Mar 06, 2017

Otago leading lights inducted

The Sew Hoy family name and Methven tap company have for generations been synonymous with Dunedin business interests, and yesterday Choie Sew Hoy and George Methven were inducted into the...

Jan 25, 2017

Self-taught IT Coder's Going Places

Kohli is an ex-Macleans College student who took part in last year's Young Enterprise Scheme with team members Keerthana Ananth and Andreas Knapp.

Dec 21, 2016

Reducing Truancy In Schools

In 2010, the Ministry of Education released a report on student attendance and engagement. “Attendance and engagement in school improves employment, social and life chances and reduced the development of...

Dec 09, 2016

Enterprising pupils win national awards

Kaika BeeCo was established earlier this year by Kaikorai Valley College pupils Nadia Paine, Bella Richmond-Grant, Kes Johnstone and Ashley Arthur to manufacture beehives called Honey Huts, as part of...

Nov 29, 2016

Ardmore’s School Gala success

Shirley found out about our School Gala resource pack through a financial literacy course at the end of 2015.

Oct 31, 2016

Meet our National Awards finalists

Congratulations to the following YES companies who have been named Regional Champions this month. Each of these companies is a finalist for our supreme award, The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise...

Oct 26, 2016

CEO’s and Founders announced as finalists

What do the CEO of Kiwibank, the founder of Eat My Lunch and the creator of the Charlie’s Juice empire all have in common? They completed the Young Enterprise Scheme...

Sep 29, 2016

Where's Woolly in the Hampden Street School yard?

Year 5 and 6 pupils recently got their first look at a game especially developed for the school by Nelson College students.The game was created with the augmented reality app Aurasma by the...

Sep 27, 2016

Six students go to San Francisco

A fortnight ago with the help of FedEx, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and some of our other sponsors, we took six young entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley, San Francisco.

Sep 26, 2016


Khorshed Tarapore, Isabella Meltzer, Tanuvi Garimella, Vincent Wang and Andrew Hu have designed and produced FLO, a fruit detox and tea infuser drink bottle made fully out of glass, with...

Sep 22, 2016

Student's death 'pulled us tighter together'

Jamie Wearmouth, 18, a student at the Kaipara campus of the Plymouth Brethren's Westmount School at Maungaturoto, died in June in an accident that also killed another student at the...

Sep 12, 2016

New App tackles those pesky deadlines

A trio of Macleans College students have come up with an app designed to help students manage their classes and assignments.Developed as part of the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme...

Sep 08, 2016

Youth film festival a winner

Sixty-two people attended the Gisborne Youth Short Film Festival at the Odeon Theatre to see six short films made by Gisborne secondary students.

Sep 08, 2016

Annual Review submission

Annual Reviews are due via this form by 5pm on Thursday 22 September. Your document must be 10 pages in total, excluding a cover page and not smaller that 10pt

Sep 06, 2016

The dress that taught me to budget

It’s Money Week and for me, this week is about being smart with your money.  Because the smarter you are, the more choices you have in life. 

Sep 05, 2016

Where's Woolly

As part of the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme, Nelson College students Alistair King, Duncan Murray, Ben Higgins, James Perham and Braydon Drummond have reinvented the much-loved children’s book franchise...

Sep 01, 2016

Tips from our Roaming Teachers

Lucy Wymer: “Advertising Mailers – collect yours and bring a pile of them to school. Great for cut and stick pictures with junior classes e.g.

Aug 31, 2016

Pavlova project doing well

In May, 15 girls from the year 13 economics class officially launched their pink pavlova Young Enterprise project.

Aug 29, 2016

Wahine Toa: Rachel Taulelei

Rachel’s Māori heritage and advocacy for young entrepreneurs, women in particular, are among her most passionate inspirations.

Aug 26, 2016

Student films coming to the big screen

After receiving $1000 from Eastland Community Trust to make their idea a reality, the five Campion College students behind next month’s inaugural Gisborne Youth Short Film Festival say they are...

Aug 04, 2016

Young Enterprise Mid-Year Report

2016 has been a big year for us so far, with plenty to celebrate so far and even more to look forward to as we head into the second half...

Aug 02, 2016

The 3 people you need to know in sales

There’s an old adage that says with sales it’s not what you know but who you know.  That is true, but not in the way most people think.  They key...

Aug 01, 2016

Nominations are open for our 2016 Alumni Awards

We know there are tens of thousands of Young Enterprise alumni out there, and these awards are designed to celebrate their achievements. There are two categories of awards:

Jul 25, 2016

Enterprise in Action 2016

Quoting Robyn Frey "Enterprise in Action weekend is YES on steroids"! It is a weekend full of learning opportunities, discovery of both your own skills and the diversity of the skills...

Jul 19, 2016

What is YES?

All I can remember is one day last year looking at the Young Enterprise Website. The girls and I had always wondered about doing some sort of business project/ class...

Jul 18, 2016

Students win first Massey Innovator's Award

Year 13 student Benjamin Payne, of Macleans College, believes his team took out the competition because MilkBaa​ is a good idea that has huge potential appeal.

Jul 18, 2016

Meet the 2016 members of the NZ Business Hall of Fame

Established in 1994 by Young Enterprise Trust, the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame recognises and celebrates individuals who have made a significant contribution to the economic and social development...

Jul 15, 2016

Year in Review: Our 2015 annual report

2015 was a big year for Young Enterprise as we focused on transitioning to a truly innovative organization. Our aim was greater engagement, scale and reach.

Jul 11, 2016

Sheep's milk idea earns top honour

The competition, run by the Young Enterprise Trust and sponsored by Massey University, was held at the weekend as part of the annual Enterprise in Action weekend and involved 80...

Jun 20, 2016


Fifty Year 13 students from Pakuranga College participating in the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) were taken into the ‘Dragons’ Den’ at Pakuranga College recently.As part of the scheme,...

Apr 22, 2016

NZ Business Hall of Fame Laureates announced

This year, around 450 guests will converge at The Langham in Auckland to celebrate the outstanding achievements of eight of New Zealand's top business leaders. They will join the ranks of...

Mar 21, 2016

Kaipara Kumara chip success story

Kaipara is known as the kumara capital of the country so when Ruawai College students discovered the only kumara chips for sale in their local supermarket were from China, they...

Mar 04, 2016

Entrepreneurial Challenge On

The future business men and women of Dunedin have started brainstorming ideas and setting up companies as part of the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) E›Day.

Feb 25, 2016

YES teams awarded MYD funding

Seven companies received money from a fund totalling $121,000. We are very proud that two these companies were developed through The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES). 

Feb 22, 2016

Inspiring young people to unleash their potential

More than 40 students from Lytton High, Campion College and Gisborne Girls’ High School will take part in the Lion Foundation Youth Enterprise Scheme (YES) when it is launched here tomorrow.

Jan 14, 2016

A Twist on the Young Enterprise Scheme

We’ve done YES for many years. It started as an extracurricular programme, but we found students were looking for a subject that was new, different and challenging.

Dec 16, 2015

National champs eye export markets

A group of Pakuranga College young entrepreneurs are national champions after winning The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme Company of the Year Award in Wellington.The students created A Brilliant Signature...

Dec 11, 2015

YES Student Impact Report

The 2015 YES Student Survey shows the specific feedback from students about the difference that completing YES made to their lives.The survey measures both the business skills and the life...

Dec 11, 2015

The 2015 EPIC Challenge National Competition

The EPIC Challenge competition was upped to a whole new level this year with over 100 of schools top entries from around the country entering the National Competition.

Dec 10, 2015

Our YES 2015 Winners

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Company of the Year: A Brilliant Signature, Pakuranga College Todd Corporation Award for 2nd place: Learnguage, Western Heights High School Todd Corporation Award for 3rd place (joint...

Nov 20, 2015

Big Ideas & Big Projects

At Hobsonville Point Secondary School, ‘Enterprise 4 Everyone’ is a project with the overarching aim of generating funds through small business to benefit the Hobsonville community.

Nov 19, 2015

Mastering The Art of Culture

Culture can make or break the way teams work together - here are just a couple of great examples from NZ

Nov 09, 2015

Star Teacher - Lynne Grove

When a student told her she was moving to another school so she could study a particular subject, it got Riverton teacher Lynne Grove thinking.

Nov 09, 2015

Jamie Beaton - YES Alumni Star

In 2011, Jamie Beaton was in Year 12 at Auckland’s Kings College. His Young Enterprise Company, Number 8 Technologies, designed and built iPad stands for use in cars. 

Sep 03, 2015

The Kids Are Alright

Kathleen Wright recently volunteered as a judge at a BP
Business Challenge at Onslow College in Wellington. Here we
share her blog post about the experience.

Jul 21, 2015

Kaika Energy - Transforming Your Future

With food waste becoming an imminent global issue, students from Kaikorai Valley College are doing their part to minimise food wastage in Otago. Their business, Kaika Energy is a biotechnology social enterprise focused on collecting food waste and turning it into bio-fuel and fertilizer.

Jul 16, 2015

Think globally, plan regionally and act locally

"There are lots of great initiatives happening around New Zealand to help regions grow, but there is still a lot that can be done.  This was my biggest take away from attending the New Zealand and Australia Economic Development Forum."

Jul 06, 2015

Teacher Spotlight – Maurice Belz

Maurice Belz introduced The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme at Karamu High School in 2014, after attending the It’s Business Time conference that we held in December 2013.

May 28, 2015

How to start a business with no money

Many students start their business activities at school with not much more than an oily rag. Here, Auckland based entrepreneur Richard Liew shares his insight into how to get a business started.