The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme

Helping to create tomorrow’s entrepreneurs today!

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 and the Lakes District on behalf of the Young Enterprise Trust.

The Chamber has been involved in the YES programme since 1990, through the vision and dedication of Colin Smith. The YES programme encourages innovation and provides foundation business skills for the next generation of business leaders.

The YES journey

The YES programme has been refreshed! The updated programme takes Year 12 and 13 students through a series of entrepreneurial experiences to help develop 21st century skills in real-world situations by working to their strengths.

The 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. Click here to learn more about YES.

2019 Calendar - Southland

Finals & Awards

  • 25 October - Invercargill

Click here to view The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme calendar.

Want to get involved? Join the Young Enterprise family

To find out how you can get involved click here or contact Joanne O’Connor, YES Regional Coordinator by emailing

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.


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


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.