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

The Young Enterprise Alumni Gala is back for 2023!

Join us on Thursday 14th September at Icehouse Ventures to network, celebrate and toast the success of our most outstanding alumni.

There will be opportunities to network and socialise with business people from across Aotearoa, as well as presentations for our Alumni Awards winners, including the coveted Supreme Alumni of the Year award!

Dress code: Business cocktail

Ticket price includes food and drinks provided by the team at Barulho.

A range of gf/df/vegan/vegetarian options will be available, and there will be an open bar.

Buy Tickets Now- for a limited time only we have a special Earlybird offer:  bring a friend  two tickets for just $40.

Check out our 2023 Alumni Awards Finalists

'One to Watch'

Abby Green and Alex Livingstone, Ava Richardson, Jack and Archie MacDonald, Owyn Aitken and Hadi Daoud, Sky Gundry

This will be decided by a public vote, with voting closing on 8 September.

Emerging Alumni

Abbie Wood, Finn Ross, Omer Hazer

Alumni Company of the Year - Presented by Icehouse Ventures

Education Perfect (Craig Smith), AF Drinks (Lisa King), RemojoTech (Owyn Aitken and Hadi Daoud)

Community Leader - presented by Mitre10

Charlotte Print, Matthew Goldsworthy, Sky Gundry

Cultural Leader

Indigo Sagala, Natalia Fareti, Rohm Dixon

Environmental Leader

Emma Fryer, Finn Ross, Sarah Balle

Alumna of the Year - Presented by The Gattung Foundation

Lisa King, Marina Kere, Steph Benseman

Innovator of the Year - presented by Bridgewest Ventures

Lisa King, Mackenzie Annett and Hamish Stayt, Max Donaldson

Thank you to our 2023 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!