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Mar 27, 2017

South Canterbury school groups put heads together for business ideas

A region-focused cook book that could raise money for mental health is one of the early ideas to grow from the latest Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme.


Roncalli College year 13 student Oliver Noone, who is chief executive for the cook book business, said cooking could be therapeutic for one's mental health, and the regional focus was a "point of difference".

His team wants to include local produce from the areas from which the recipes are derived, along with well-known people or celebrities from each area.

Noone is one of 65 South Canterbury students, including 25 from Oamaru, who got their heads together at the Grosvenor Hotel on Thursday to develop ideas for businesses they will set up and run during the young enterprise scheme (Yes).

This is the first time schools from Oamaru have participated in the scheme.

Participating schools Timaru Boys' High School, Roncalli College, Mountainview High School, St Kevin's College, and Waitaki Boys' High School, make up 12 teams in the nationwide competition.

The South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce delivers the scheme in South Canterbury.

The investment in youth ensures the long-term sustainability of the region's business community, the chamber said in a media release.

South Canterbury regional co-ordinator for the chamber Janet Hogan said each team sets up a bank account and email address and runs a business during the year.

They learn the process of starting a business, researching their industry, developing the product and launching their idea into the market.


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