News, announcements and more.

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 sugcessful 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

STUDENTS GO WITH THE FLO

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

INTO THE DRAGONS’ DEN

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.