Teaching Young Enterprise is a great way to help students discover and improve their  entrepreneurial mindset . 

We help young people to unleash their entrepreneurial spirit, develop critical life skills and realise that good financial decisions give you more choices in life. Join us, bring your classroom alive!

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The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) is an opportunity for students to unleash their inner entrepreneur and experience the start-up world first-hand. It is an experiential programme where students set up and run a real enterprise over the course of the school year. 

Designed for Year 12 -13 students, each team works toward completing five challenges centered around key problem solving and business concepts. YES can be delivered through a timetabled class, online or as an extracurricular option. YES is commonly used as a vehicle to deliver Business Studies Achievement Standards at Levels 2 and 3. All students who complete YES will receive an NCEA micro-credential.

To help you on your Young Enterprise Scheme journey, we offer teaching training and have seven experienced Kaiārahi ako/Teaching mentors based around the country to support the delivery of YES in your classroom. 

Learn more about Young Enterprise here. 

Feeder Programmes

Interested in incorporating more enterprise education in your classroom but aren’t too sure where to start? Consider applying for one of our feeder programmes. 

Facilitated by our experienced team, these hands-on challenges are designed to get students solving problems in their community and in industry, developing creative solutions, businesses and social enterprises. Students work in teams and pitch in front of community, industry, and business leaders. 

Designed for Year 10 – 11 students, these programmes introduce enterprise education to students looking towards participating in the Young Enterprise Scheme or schools considering offering the Young Enterprise Scheme. 

Find out more about each different feeder programme and apply below:


Develop the entrepreneurial knowledge, skills and mindset of students using our resources for teacher led programmes and lessons. You might choose to run a community project enabling students to be part of the change generation and solve real world problems in their local community, or learn how to run a small business and design, make and sell a product or service at a market. Choose from a range of resources to suit all year levels from 1-11. Projects can be run from between 4-10 weeks.

Learning how to manage money and make informed financial decisions is an essential life skill. For younger students (year 1-8) we focus on the themes of earning, spending, saving and sharing money. Choose from board games, quizzes, webquests and group activities to introduce these topics.

For older students (year 9-13) the focus progresses to Setting Goals, Managing Money, Credit & Debt, Saving & Investing and Insurance & Risk. Resources include short lessons on topics including budgeting, flatting & student loans, and student workbooks and assessments for the Financial Capability unit standards at Level 1, 2 & 3.   

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