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, YES teams set up a company, were involved in creating real products or services, compiled a business plan and made real profit or loss.
Thousands of students participate nationally each year as students learn by developing innovative thinking and a sharp sense of business enterprise.
The programme culminates in a national awards event, at which the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Company of the Year is announced.
Last year’s national winner was Pakuranga College team ABS (A Brilliant Signature).
Teams facing a panel of businesspeople in the Dragons’ Den adopted various tactics to get the judges’ attention.
Dough Boy plans to sell a silicon kneading bag aimed at reducing mess in the kitchen. It proudly presented the judges with a tray of cookies.
Unfortunately, their plan went awry when team member Doris Liu allowed nerves to get the better of her and dropped them on the floor.
“It was so embarrassing,” she said “but the judges were really nice about it and we all had a good laugh.”
Kiwi Kards whose concept is a Top Trumps style trivia game focusing on famous Kiwis, put the judges through their paces by quizzing them about significant New Zealanders.
“The judges’ feedback was really useful,” said team members Shae Fraser and Courtney Purchase. “They said we had strong financials and a really innovative concept, but that we need to practice our presentation skills.”
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