Young Enterprise Scheme

Young Enterprise Scheme

One of the ways the Chamber contributes to a positive future for business in Otago is by co-ordinating the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES).

Students in Year 12-13 gaining first-hand business experience

The YES programme has been refreshed! The updated programme takes students through a series of entrepreneurial experiences to help develop 21st century skills in real-world situations by working to their strengths.

Students have the opportunity to set up their own company, create real products or services, compile and implement a business plan and make real profit or loss. Students learn and develop enterprising attributes through experiencing the value of innovative thinking. They will also learn about business planning and operations, develop a range of personal and business skills including skills in teamwork, communication, problem solving, negotiation, and decision making; and consult with and create networks in their community.


There is a $25,000 national prize pool as well as regional awards and cash prizes and tertiary scholarships. YES students have opportunities to attend national business competitions and events and maintain business networks through the YES alumni and business incubator programmes. All YES companies are eligible for competitions regardless of whether YES is being offered as a timetabled or extracurricular option.


YES and the Otago Chamber

Our Chamber based YES Regional Coordinators work with YES students throughout the school year. With the help of our supportive sponsors in 2018 we have been able to cover the registration fees for all Otago students, provide director workshops and are looking forward to hosting fantastic events with our Pitch Day and Regional Awards Ceremony!


See how YES works

Young Enterprise Trust - "inspiring, educating and transforming students through enterprise experiences"


Young Enterprise in 2018

The culmination of a year’s hard work for the Young Enterprise students in Otago took place on Wednesday 17 October at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, with an impressive audience of over 90 students, teachers, family, friends and members of the local business community!

Throughout the year 24 teams have created a business from scratch; from the development of a product, sourcing suppliers, logo design, marketing, through to promotion and sales. The standard of the teams this year has been high and the Top 6 teams were chosen after all their marks from 3 Challenges, their Pitch Day presentation and their Annual Review were tallied by the YES Head office with the help of NZ Chartered Accountants.

The Top 6 teams presented their business to the audience and a panel of Judges to gain hypothetical investment dollars and the final points of the year!

All 6 teams did an amazing job and the judging Panel had a tough decision! The Regional Winner announced on the night was Kuranga Cards, from Otago Boys High School! Check out their winning product here! (

Other winners on the night included:

Best Annual Review Sponsored by Craig’s Investment Partners

Kuranga Cards, Otago Boys High School

Best Financial Performance, sponsored by Kiwibank

Kuranga Cards, Otago Boys High School

Best Sales Performance, Sponsored by Education Perfect

Savvy Seven, Columba College

Social Enterprise Award, sponsored by PwC

Youth Assist, Otago Boys High School

Best Marketing, sponsored by Polson Higgs

Tidal, Queen’s High School

Sir James Fletcher Award for Most Inspiring Teacher – to be presented at the National Awards in Wellington.

Gwyn Pratley, Otago Boys High School


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 Otago YES Partner


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