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.