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Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) | Southland Chamber of Commerce

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme

Building a pipeline of entrepreneurial-minded young people who will boost the prosperity in New Zealand.

One of the ways the Chamber contributes to a positive future for business is by delivering The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) across Southland on behalf of the Young Enterprise Trust.

The YES journey

YES takes Year 12 and 13 students through a series of authentic real-world entrepreneurial experiences to help young people to thrive in business and in life.

Students form a YES business at the start of the school year, create their own unique product or service and take it to market. Throughout the year they attend events that mirror the process start-up businesses go through – including developing business and marketing plans; and receiving guidance and mentoring from business people.

Our goal is to inspire students to be innovative and creative, develop work-ready skills and an entrepreneurial spirit. The impact YES has for students includes:

  • Gain entrepreneurial skills
  • Improved communication skills
  • Increased confidence and self-belief
  • Increased understanding of business
  • Improved teamwork
  • Improved problem solving and decision making
  • Improved leadership
  • Increased resilience and well-being
  • Increased independence
  • Increased creativity
  • Increased motivation and engagement
  • Less fear of failure and risk taking
  • Improved emotional intelligence.

Click here to learn more about YES.

2021 Calendar - Southland

Kick Start | Timata Conference

  • Invercargill Tuesday, 2 March
  • Cromwell Wednesday, 3 March

The Pitch

  • Invercargill To be confirmed
  • Cromwell To be confirmed

Southland Regional Final and Awards

  • Invercargill - To be confirmed

Want to get involved? Join the Young Enterprise family

The Chamber has been involved in the YES programme since 1990, through the vision and dedication of Colin Smith. To find out how you can get involved click here, visit ”Get Involved” on Young Enterprise website or contact our YES Regional Coordinator by emailing joanne@commercesouth.com

See how YES works

Regional Partner

Regional Sponsors

Community Funding and Other Partners

Past Events

31 October 2018

Regional Finals and Awards

Well done to all five YES businesses who were either a finalist or a winner of an Excellence Award at the recent Southland Regional Final and Awards - Goodie Bags, MakerBox, Impossumble Products, 4Paws and My Mental Tone.


EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Award for Enterprising Technology sponsored by Craigs Design & Print - Makerbox, James Hargest College

Award for Environmental Sustainability sponsored by Environment Southland - Impossumble Products, Aparima College

Award for Social Enterprise sponsored by South Port NZ Ltd - My Mental Tone, Aparima College

Award for Solving a Development Problem sponsored by Westpac - Makerbox, James Hargest College

Award for Innovation sponsored by Crowe Horwath - Makerbox, James Hargest College


AWARDS

Young Enterpriser of the Year - Benjamin McIntyre, James Hargest College

Finalist’s - Impossumble Products and 4 Paws, Aparima College.

Runner Up Regional Champion - Goodie Bags, Mt Aspiring College

2018 Regional Champion – MAKERBOX, James Hargest College.

To view the final business pitches, join our Facebook Group.