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Oct 26, 2016

CEO’s and Founders announced as finalists

Alumni Finalists all

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 when they were at school, and they are finalists for the first ever Young Enterprise Alumni Awards.

The Young Enterprise Alumni Awards celebrate the achievements of an estimated 70,000 students who have completed the Young Enterprise Scheme. Students work in teams to create and run a small business for a year.

The yearlong programme first began in 1981 and this year celebrates its’ 35th anniversary. It is run each year by the Young Enterprise Trust, which works with schools right across the country.

Finalists were announced in two categories:


1. Emerging Alumni Award 2016:


2. Distinguished Alumni Award 2016:

Young Enterprise CEO Terry Shubkin said the judging panel was delighted to see such a wide range of nominations for the two awards.

“The list of finalists really demonstrates the positive impact that the Young Enterprise Scheme has had on New Zealand. These are just some of our alumni who have gone on to be employers and changemakers in their respective fields.”

The winners will be announced on Tuesday 6 December at the 2016 YES National Awards Dinner. The evening will also celebrate the achievements of the 3,400 students taking part in The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme this year.



For more information, please contact:

Terry Shubkin | CEO, Young Enterprise Trust | 021 611 312 |