Leilani Fa’aiuaso participated in YES in 2019-20 and was an alumni mentor at EIA in 2022
YES alumnus Owyn Aitken is majoring in Data Science, minoring in Public Health and Finance at University of Otago.
A fun three-hour session held in each region designed to do two things: get you excited about YES and get you ready to start!
The New Zealand Māori Tourism chief executive has pledged $10,000 so the legacy of a coffee business run by two Rotorua teenagers can continue.
Hard work paid off for Otago Girls' High School students as their haircare business, Sole, won Company of the Year at the YES National Awards 2022
A business pitch, an awards dinner and an impromptu auction - all in a day's work for Pūkare Cards!
A teenage artist has created an educational game to help people understand different LGBTQI+ terms. Bless Groome, a 16-year-old from Hokitika, has created a deck of playing cards with all the different flags representing 25 sexual orientations and gender identities. The cards also include the terms in Te Reo Māori.
Resilience and the work-life balancing act have been the greatest learnings for Manurewa High School student Leonada Manu’atu, while taking part in the 2022 Young Enterprise Scheme. Leonada, 18, who hails from Tonga and was raised in New Zealand, helped lead her peers Selina Helg, Luseane Langoia, and Taeao Pomale-Time to YES success at the recent Regional Awards, with their company MoonWood Canvas.
The three Timaru teenagers who found a way to save disposable face masks from going to landfill, have been recognised for their hard work, making it to the national level of the Young Enterprise Scheme competition. Abby Lowe, 16, Charlotte Boyce, and Jessamy Roadley, both 17, and students at Craighead Diocesan School, are part of the school’s business class and take part in the Young Enterprise Scheme, and winning the South Canterbury regionals competition recently.
Business cards come in all shapes and sizes and in a range of materials – but have you ever seen one made from wool? Now you can. The concept has been developed by a two Christchurch high school students – identical twins Archie and Jack MacDonald – and it has won them top spot in a “Dragon’s Den-style” business competition.
They could be described as Sole sisters. Three friends from Otago Girls' High School have been named the Otago regional champions in the Young Enterprise Scheme, a long-running initiative which aimed to give pupils a taste of business. Jenna Willis (18), Elsha Bulmer (18) and Morgan Tassey (17) developed Sole, a colour matching dry shampoo with added natural ingredients to enhance sun protection to the scalp.
Two teenage boys who invented a product to save their parents’ houseplants have come out on top at the Taranaki Young Enterprise Scheme Awards. Jayden Clarke and Ashkan Azarkish, of New Plymouth Boys High School, started business EzSoil as part of Young Enterprise and created a digital plant monitor which enables you to keep track of your pot plant’s moisture, sunlight, temperature and humidity requirements via an app on your phone.
Aubrey Page has the biggest smile on his face today after being chosen as the overall Southland Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) company of the year. The Year 12 Southland Boys’ High School student has been selling Eco-friendly toothpaste tablets under his brand Eco Smile since May, and managed to impress a panel of nine judges at the Invercargill Working Mens’ Club today.
If you don’t fancy your golfing accuracy, but still love a day on the green – this competition might be for you.
Wayne Baird is the owner of The Alternative Board in Hawkes Bay and Taupō, but in 1983, he was a 16-year-old at East Otago Boys High School participating in the Young Enterprise Scheme.
Six Christchurch Girls’ High School students are raising awareness about the dangers of drink driving by creating and selling car air fresheners.
The aroma of their bath bombs and body scrub is delicious, and sweet success will surely follow for the latest business venture from Team Whare Āwhina.
In a world where ‘money’ can be treated like a four-letter word, the students behind Budget Basics, a Young Enterprise Scheme group from Wellington East Girls’ College, are committed to breaking down the taboo on the topic with their new board game, Life Buy a Budget.
A student-produced tool that utilises te reo Māori and emotive cards to help youth express themselves has successfully spread to schools and child care centres across the country.
Sullivan-Roberts is a year 13 student at Christchurch’s St Thomas of Canterbury College, and the experience has inspired a business studies project – a CPR resuscitation mask with a QR code that shows the location of the nearest public defibrillator. The idea has been entered into the Young Enterprise Scheme awards.
The "Girl Boss" badge — amid a plethora of achievements on the blazer of Bayfield High School head girl Sofea Haizal— says it all. Sofea (17), who plans to study international business at university next year, already has her own business set up through Young Enterprise New Zealand, which she intends to continue after she leaves school.
Young Enterprise Trust has recently appointed 3 new prominent business leaders to join their Board of Trustees.
Inspired by Matariki a group of Taranaki students spied a business opportunity to upskill Kiwis on Māori mātauranga, or knowledge. The Young Enterprise business team Te Pārongo, or “The Information”, is made up of four students from New Plymouth’s Francis Douglas Memorial College.
They have become one of the most common litter items since the pandemic started, but now a group of Timaru teenagers wants to turn disposable masks into something useful. Three Craighead Diocesan School students are on a mission to turn disposable masks into planter boxes, with the number of masks they have seen on the ground, prompting them to tackling the mask pollution problem.
A teenage entrepreneur is donating profits from her young enterprise business to mental health, after losing her mother to suicide at a young age. Mak Durey, 17, lost her mother when she was only 11 years old, and now wants to do anything she can to prevent others from suffering the same grief. The Marton student is donating the profits from her line of pamper gift boxes to the Mental Health Foundation.
Following hot on the heels of the New Zealand Prime Minister’s visit to Japan in April 2022, the organisations who brought BizVenture Japan to life in September 2021 are back in action.
After their parents kept killing indoor plants at home, Jayden Clark and Ashkan Azarkish got together and came up with a product to help. The teenagers are used to working with each other. They teamed up as part of their Young Enterprise Scheme class last year at New Plymouth Boys’ High School. They have now created an all-in-one digital plant monitor, called Sprout, that enables you to keep track of your pot plant’s moisture, sunlight, temperature and humidity requirements via an app on your phone.
A group of young start-up students have an ambitious product that aims to utilize te reo Māori and emotive cards to help youth express themselves. Four students from Taradale High School have created Pūkere Cards, a business concept as part of the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme.
The Oh Shit Kit is the brainchild of Opihi College students Ashleigh Griffiths, Brody Cattermole, and Rickie Beecroft-Suddens, who are all part of the young enterprise class. The group of three started a company call Smart Supplys (sic) where they sell their emergency car kits and they currently have a Mother's Day gift box available until May.
Two sustainable Kiwi brands that aligned with New Zealand's Expo theme are run by 18-year-old Kiwi students Max Donaldson and Robert Donohoe, Abby Green and Alex Livingstone. The young entrepreneurs launched their respective companies GreenKiwi Supplements and Abalro Health in 2020. Both winners of the New Zealand at Expo 2020 and Young Enterprise Scheme (YES)'s Global Kaitiakitanga Project, with the prize a trip to the World Expo in Dubai.
The business idea of a 16-year-old Invercargill pupil is attracting smiles and attention from hikers and stores across the country. When Aubrey Page, of Southland Boys’ High School, had to develop a business as part of a course and the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES), he immediately knew he wanted to find a solution for a problem which has been bothering him for some time.
The country’s richest man, an international fitness empire and an innovative race car driver are among this year’s laureates to the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame.
At just 20 years old Tanya Haseltine has already made her mark as a woman in business. Her bubble tea company Petite Cha started as an idea for Young Enterprise Scheme at high school and is now a brick-and-mortar store in central New Plymouth.
Five Rangitoto College students who took part in last year’s Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme have come up with an innovative solution to the large stockpiles of old unusable tyres laying around within their community.
The two winning teams from the New Zealand at Expo 2020 and Young Enterprise (YES) Global Kaitiakitanga Project have visited Dubai to promote their businesses at Expo 2020 Dubai and learn more about doing business in the United Arab Emirates and wider Gulf region.
Abalro Health is on a mission for trade. Late last year, the Dunedin company was named the Young Enterprise Scheme’s (YES) company of the year. Now, its founders are in Dubai trying to make connections for exporting their product.
Cook Islands budding entrepreneurs have celebrated a successful 2021 through the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) programme.
As a group of Taranaki teenagers work to expand their business success, the head of the young company has taken out a national award.
The new year can spark a desire to make a change. But the finalists of this year’s Women of Influence Awards Young Leader category don’t need a calendar to push them into action.
Ottyleah Te Houkamau wanted to set an example to her baby daughter, so she went back to school to start a business.
Bayfield High School students have been awarded The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Company of the Year for their business Abalro Health. The company was awarded $3000, as well as a $5000 scholarship for each company member to the Massey University Business School.
Teams and their whānau gathered with trepidation, waiting for the outcome of the Young Enterprise Scheme National Awards for 2021.
Meet Porirua’s Bishop Viard College Year 13 student-entrepreneurs behind ‘The Hustle’ – an award-winning Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) business that incorporates Samoan stories, history and language.
A trio of Mackenzie College students have scooped an award for their invention which prevents water troughs freezing over in the winter
Last year, the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) team from Dunedin’s Bayfield High School was second in the national final. This year, the young entrepreneurs were determined to win.
How do you get school children to take a greater interest in what they eat? You gamify it.
Rod Weir, who has died aged 94, started his career as an office junior at the age of 15 with the New Zealand Loan & Mercantile Company, a prominent stock and station agency in Wanganui. Forty years later he had negotiated the merger of two major companies, Dalgety and Wrightson, to become one of the largest rural companies in New Zealand.
The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme National Awards evening is a showcase and celebration of the entrepreneurial successes of our students, bringing together the top YES companies from across New Zealand.