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). The company was awarded $3000, as well as a $5000 scholarship for each company member to the Massey University Business School. Their school will also receive $2000.
On Thursday night, hundreds of people gathered at the Te Papa Tongarewa to celebrate the achievements of New Zealand’s most outstanding young entrepreneurs. Despite the disruptions faced in 2020 more than 4000 senior secondary students took part in YES this year, setting up over 1000 companies between them. Only 21 of those companies made it to the National Final, and only one was crowned YES Company of the Year.
Regional Champions from across the country came to Wellington yesterday to pitch in the dragon’s den style National Final, and attended the awards dinner where they found out which companies won a share of the $23,000+ cash prize pool.
The social enterprise was designed with the vision to have everyone in New Zealand learning sign language. Their mission is to educate, promote and raise awareness of New Zealand’s third nationally recognized language through the interactive card game. The cards incorporate Te Reo Māori and various aspects of New Zealand culture. The incorporation of all 3 of New Zealand’s national languages has garnered media interest from across the country.
Second place was Abalro from Bay Field High School which have created a health supplement made from imported Barberries. The company was awarded $2000, as well as an additional $1000 for their school.
Remojo Tech from Aotea College came third. Remojo Tech is creating a sustainable solution to e-waste problems while also enabling device accessibility amongst students in schools. The company was awarded a $1000 cash prize and $1000 for their school.
Among the judges for the competition were: Rachel Taulelei (CEO for Kono and Trustee for YES); Anna Mowbray (COO ZURU Toys); Jarron Boulter (Country Head of Payments and Cash Management from HSBC); Sarah Smith (Trustee for The Lion Foundation); Debi Boffa (Managing Director bp New Zealand); and Mark Eglington (CEO of NDA Group). Young Enterprise CEO Terry Shubkin said that this is her favourite night of the year for a number of reasons:
"I love this night because we're celebrating the students' successes, failures and triumphs of the YES year but I also love this night because, more importantly, tonight is a sneak-peek of what the future holds - a future of leaders, changemakers and disruptors." Terry Shubkin
This public event was the culmination of the companies’ business year. Over the past year, these students have created and run their own businesses right from conception through to production, marketing and sales. The one-year programme gives students an authentic learning experience that prepares them for life after schooling by teaching entrepreneurship and connecting them with the business community.
Full list of award recipients from the YES National Awards 2020:
The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme Company of the Year 2020 - SLICNZ, Pakuranga College
The Sir John Todd Memorial Award for 2nd Place - Abalro, Bayfield High School
Todd Foundation Award for 3rd Place - Remojo Tech, Aotea College
National Excellence Award for CEO of the Year - Malaga Aukusotino, Bishop Viard College
Te Arahanga Primary Industries Award - Pathways to Primary, Waimea College
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Award for Innovation - Remojo Tech, Aotea College
Sir James Fletcher Award for Most Inspiring Teacher - Nyssa Poffley, Otumoetai College
Gallagher Award for Smart Technology - CloudMass, Glendowie College
BP Award for Social Enterprise - SLICNZ, Pakuranga College
National Excellence Award for Rangatahi Entrepreneur - Te Kete ō Tangaroa, Havelock North High School
HSBC Award for Environmental Sustainability - Te Kete ō Tangaroa, Havelock North High School
National Excellence Award for Pasifika Business - The Hustle, Bishop Viard College
Ministry of Youth Development Award for Resilience - HBRP Give & Take, Hawke's Bay Regional Prison
NZ Aid Programme Award for Solving a Development Problem - Remojo Tech, Aotea College
National Excellence Award for Sales and Marketing - Ecobase, Timaru Boys' High School
Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust Award for Tourism - Kiwication, Otumoetai College
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Award for Accounting and Finance - Ecobase, Timaru Boys' High School
|The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme Company of the Year 2020||SLICNZ||Pakuranga College|
|The Sir John Todd Memorial Award for 2nd Place||Abalro||Bayfield High School|
|Todd Foundation Award for 3rd Place||Remojo Tech||Aotea College|
|Te Arahanga Primary Industries Award||Pathways to Primary||Waimea College|
|Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Award for Innovation||Remojo Tech||Aotea College|
|National Excellence Award for CEO of the Year||Malaga Aukusotino||Bishop Viard College|
|Gallagher Award for Smart Technology||CloudMass||Glendowie College|
|BP Award for Social Enterprise||SLICNZ||Pakuranga College|
|National Excellence Award for Rangatahi Entrepreneur||Te Kete ō Tangaroa||Havelock North High School|
|HSBC Award for Environmental Sustainability||Te Kete ō Tangaroa||Havelock North High School|
|National Excellence Award for Pasifika Business||The Hustle||Bishop Viard College|
|Ministry of Youth Development Award for Resilience||HBRP Give & Take||Hawke's Bay Regional Prison|
|NZ Aid Programme Award for Solving a Development Problem||Remojo Tech||Aotea College|
|National Excellence Award for Sales and Marketing||Ecobase||Timaru Boys' High School|
|Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust Award for Tourism||Kiwication||Otumoetai College|
|Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Award for Accounting and Finance||Ecobase||Timaru Boys' High School|
|Sir James Fletcher Award for Most Inspiring Teacher||Nyssa Poffley||Otumoetai College|