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.

2020 Calendar - Southland

Kick Start | Timata sessions

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

The Pitch

  • Invercargill Friday, 15 May
  • Cromwell – To be confirmed

Southland Regional Final and Awards

  • Invercargill Friday, 30 October

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, visit ”Get Involved” on Young Enterprise website or contact Joanne O’Connor, YES Regional Coordinator by emailing

See how YES works


02 March 2020

YES Kick Start | Timata

Time 9.00am - 12.00pm

Regional Partner

Regional Sponsors

Community Funding and Other Partners

Past Events

25 October 2019

Regional Finals and Awards 2019

Well done to all the YES businesses who were a finalist at the recent Southland Regional YES Finals - Alpine Mt Aspiring College, CountrySide Colouring Menzies College, Head First James Hargest College, Herb-Box Southland Boys’ High School, Mystery Muffin Southland Boys’ High School, Sapo Soap Mt Aspiring College, Share the Love Aparima College, Toast Aparima College.


  • Award for Social Enterprise sponsored by South Port NZ Ltd - Head First, James Hargest College
  • Award for Environmental Sustainability sponsored by Environment Southland - Eco Essence, Mount Aspiring College
  • Award for Sales & Marketing sponsored by Craigs Design & Print - Berzelius, Mount Aspiring College
  • Award for Tourism sponsored by What’s On Invers - Reuse & Recycle, Southland Boys’ High School
  • Award for Solving a Development Problem sponsored by Westpac - Alpine Earthquake Kit, Mount Aspiring College
  • Award for Innovation sponsored by Findex - Sapo Soap, Mt Aspiring College


  • Young Enterpriser of the Year sponsored by Community Trust South - Kavarn Pettigrew, Southland Boys’ High School
  • Colin Smith Memorial Award - Dave Anderson, Westpac


  • 2019 Regional Champion – Head First, James Hargest College
  • Runner Up - Countryside Colouring, Menzies College
  • 3rd place - Alpine Earthquake Kit, Mount Aspiring College

Click here to read more, and to view this winning business pitch, and all the photos join our private YES Facebook Group.