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Young Enterprise Trust

Our vision at Young Enterprise is to inspire students and unleash leaders for a more prosperous NZ.

We’re better preparing our young people to thrive in business life and community by ensuring all young people have the opportunities to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. We create authentic learning experiences and bring enterprise into the classroom.

We’re helping shape the future leaders, changemakers and disruptors by engaging Rangatahi to better develop their soft skills (also often referred to as employability skills) such as communication, resilience, and teamwork through hands on learning programmes and resources.

We describe ourselves as a pipeline into the eco-system and support young people into any pathway they choose to take whether that be an internal innovator, start-up founder, or a contributor within their community.

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The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES)

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) is an opportunity for senior secondary 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 business. Each YES company creates their own product or service and brings this to market through the course of the school year.

he YES year is broken up into 5 challenges including product validation, promotion, a dragon’s den style pitch, sales, and an end of year annual review. This leads to a full picture learning experiences across different business avenues within the year.

YES companies can compete in the competition side of things which see’s teams compete against other students in their region through out the year. A regional champion is then selected from a Dragon’s Den style pitch event who then competes at a National level, vying for the title of YES Company of the Year.

I've grown so much more as a leader and a person than I could have thought possible when I first started YES as a Year 11. My resilience has developed drastically and my confidence to pursue even the most outlandish ideas has enabled me to experience and achieve so much, and I credit this to YES. 

– Brooke Moore, Tauhara College, 2020

Thanks for the chance for me to show how Maori and rangatahi can be innovative and ambitious.

– Mazaine Tahana, Panguru, 2019

I am very proud to be a YES Alumni and will always wave the YES flag when and wherever I can. I credit much of GirlBoss success to the YES programme and the awesome people involved in YES.

– Alexia Hilbertidou, Girlboss, 2020

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