ALUMNI

YES Alumni

Did you know we have an  incredible network  of alumni who have participated in YES over the past   40 years? 

The YES journey doesn’t end at the conclusion of the programme. There are many ways you can connect and collaborate with likeminded YES alum Including exclusive events, networking opportunities, connecting with the start up eco system and volunteering and giving back to YES and current students.

Join the Alumni whānau

We’re here to support you through your YES journey and beyond!

Alumni Awards

An evening all about celebrating the success of YES alumni! Introduced in 2021 the Alumni Awards highlights 8 Award winners across 9 award categories.

Congratulations to the finalists of the 2022 YES Alumni Awards

'One to Watch'

An alumnus/a of a YE programme in the last five years, who has demonstrated a passion for business and/or entrepreneurship. This could include (but is not limited to): founding a company, contributing to an existing company, actively engaging in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Public voting is now open to determine the winner.

Emerging Alumni

An alumnus/a of a YE programme, who has made a clear contribution to business, preferably with value to New Zealand. The contribution could include (but is not limited to): founding their own company, the use of their entrepreneurial skills to grow/contribute to an existing business.

Alumni Company of the Year

A Start-up or company founded by a alumnus/a of a YE programme. This award may recognize a individual or an entire team.

Community Leader - presented by Mitre10

An alumnus/a of a YE Programme, who has made a clear entrepreneurship contribution to business and community or clear contribution within their/a community. The contribution could include (but is not limited to): Incorporating a community focus within their company, demonstrating an initiative, demonstrating a positive impact their leadership excellence has on others in their organisation, industry, or community.

Cultural Leader

An alumnus/a of any YE Programme who has effectively incorporated their culture into their business venture, and/or has demonstrated a positive impact on their community through cultural practices.

Environmental Leader - presented by Stuff

An alumnus/a of any YES Programme who has effectively incorporated environmental sustainability into their business venture, and/or has demonstrated a positive impact on the environment through their business. This could include (but is not limited to): incorporating an environmental focus within their company, promoting environmental sustainability.

Distinguished Alumni - presented by Auckland Business Chamber

An alumnus/a of a YE programme, who has had a noticeable impact on business over a minimum of 15 years, preferably with significant value to New Zealand.

Innovator of the Year - presented by Bridgewest Ventures

An alumnus/a of a YE Programme, who has demonstrated a passion for business and/or entrepreneurship in an innovative way. This could include (but is not limited to): Playing a role in the implementation and effective delivery of a highly innovative idea, out of the box or cutting edge thinking, innovation that brings out fundamental change and/or more.

Supreme Alumni of the Year

The judging panel will select one category winner to also receive the supreme Alumni of the Year award.

The Alumni Awards will be held on July 14th at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland. Purchase your tickets now to help us celebrate our outstanding alumni

Thank you to our Alumni Sponsors

Keen to stay involved?

YES Alumni Facebook Group

Your go to place to stay up to date with all things YES, connect with fellow alumni and find out about exclusive opportunities and events!

Alumni Networking events

We aim to host exclusive Alumni events across the country each year. these events allow our alumni to connect and collaborate with like minded people, hear from some great inspirational guest speakers, network with the best of New Zealand's entrepreneurs and just have a good old catch up! Stay up to date for event details on the Alumni Facebook page.

Look out on our Events Page for upcoming networking events.

Volunteer & giveback

There’s plenty of ways to give back to Young Enterprise and current YES students including mentoring a YES company, attending your regional YES events, mentoring at National events like Entrepreneurs in Action.

The seed for a lot of amazing companies has been planted through the Young Enterprise Scheme.

All the below companies have been founded by YES alum. We hope to see your company up there one day soon!