YES 2024 - 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 business. Each YES company creates their own product or service and brings this to market.

Year 12-13
4 terms

Level 1 Business Studies
Level 2 Business Studies
Level 3 Business Studies

45.00 per student
Led by teachers Training Available

Student learning

Through The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme, students will:

  • Learn about business planning and operations
  • Develop a range of personal and business skills
  • Consult with and create networks in their community

Programme Structure

There are four YES challenges that each company needs to complete:

  • Challenge 1 – Validation
  • Challenge 2 – The Pitch
  • Challenge 3 – Promotion & Sales
  • Challenge 4 – Annual Review

YES Enrolments

If 2024 will be your first year teaching the Young Enterprise Scheme, please email us here so we can get you set up. Existing teachers will be able to enroll students for 2024 via your teachers' dashboard from the beginning of February.

Curriculum links

You can deliver YES as a timetabled course, 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 the YES micro-credential.


There is over $20,000 in the national prize pool as well as regional awards, cash prizes and tertiary scholarships. YES students have opportunities to attend national business competitions, events and go on partner programmes.

"The Young Enterprise Scheme has had a huge impact on the students at Aparima College. This is our third year of running the scheme, and we have junior students eager to participate in future years. I would recommend the Young Enterprise Scheme to schools of all sizes and deciles."
Lynne Grove, Teacher, Aparima College‍