Young Enterprise Scheme

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

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

Through YES, 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 thinkingThe business knowledge they develop is supplemented by skills in teamwork, communication, problem solving, negotiation, and decision making.

YES can be used to deliver the following qualification pathways:
  • Business Studies Achievement Standards (Levels 2 and 3)
  • YE Certificate (24 credit equivalents at Level 3)
  • NZIM Paper 836

Each student YES company can also enter regional and national competitions, culminating in national awards where the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Company of the Year is announced.

YES programme in Southland

The Chamber started the YES programme in 1990 through the vision and dedication of Colin Smith.

The YES programme has since expanded to include technology classes in a programme called Enterprising Technology and from 2011, Play it Strange and Young Enterprise Trust combined the production of an original song album with the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme.

YES Resources



Thursday, 15 February 2018 | 10am - 11.45am


Friday 16 February | 10am - 11.45am

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Regional Sponsors

Community Funding and Other Partners

Past Events

11 May 2015

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme Dragon’s Den Pitch’s

Southland Chamber of Commerce

The chance to pitch your business plan to local business leaders while competing for up to $2,000 in cash will be a dream come true for the 140 Southland secondary students who are completing The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) this year.

Students represent James Hargest College, Southland Girls’ High School, Verdon College, Southland Boys’ High School, Mt Aspiring College and Aparima College.

Southland Young Enterprise Co-ordinator, Mrs Joanne O’Connor, said in Southland, the programme is proudly co-ordinated by the Chamber of Commerce Southland, as part of their focus on business innovation and we are looking forward to hearing this year’s business ‘pitches’. The day is the first part of our competition to see who will represent Southland at the national competition and awards later in the year”.

YES is an incredible learning experience for students and helps foster a positive and innovative business community for the future. The programme gives students an opportunity to develop their passion into a possible career choice. They set up their own company, create real products/services, earn real money, pay tax and hopefully keep profits - it’s not just an academic course, but also a relevant and exciting journey.