03 June 2016

Dragon’s Den comes to the Southern Institute of Technology

Dragon’s Den comes to the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) as part of the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (Yes). As the regional partner for Southland and Lakes District, SIT will host the Dragon’s Den competition on 14 June at the SIT Invercargill campus.

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme gives year 12 and 13 students a chance to learn first-hand about the business world. During the year, students will learn about business planning, leadership, marketing, finance and production. They also learn about the importance of teamwork, and how to work with others in their community.

Southland Young Enterprise co-ordinator, Mrs Joanne O’Connor, said in Southland the programme is proudly co-ordinated by the Chamber of Commerce as part of their focus on business viability.

“This year we will have up to 140 students representing James Hargest College, Southland Girls’ High School, Southland Boys’ High School, Aparima College, Mt Aspiring College and Wakatipu High School presenting their business ideas,” Mrs O’Connor said.

Southland and Lakes District secondary students will have the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges at the ‘Dragon’s Den’ while competing for up to $1,750 in cash prizes.

Mrs O’Connor goes on to add, “This is the first part of our competition to see who will represent Southland-Lakes District at the national awards in Wellington on 6 December 2016”.

SIT International Department and Marketing Manager Chami Abeysinghe said as regional partner for YES, SIT is happy to extend ‘Zero Fees’ to participants of the programme this year, effectively wiping registration fees through SIT’s sponsorship.

“We are delighted to see 140 enrolments for the programme this year.

“It is important for us (SIT) to be able to encourage innovation and business enterprise within the region, and where better to start than with our budding entrepreneurs?

“YES is a great opportunity for secondary school students to learn about the mechanics of business, and we can’t wait to see the outcomes of Dragon’s Den!”


Jane Marrah, Media Liaison, SIT,, phone 211 2699, extension 8761.

Joanne O’Connor, Southland Young Enterprise co-ordinator