Thursday, 16th December, 2021

This year The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Made the difficult decision to move the YES National Pitches and Awards to an online format due to the Covid-19 restrictions. The online event held on the 15th December was hosted by David Downs, CEO of New Zealand Story Group and Liz Pittman, Head of YES. During the evening there was  a range of special guests with the real treat being a virtual visit by Six60 who took time out of their London Tour to congratulate the YES Class of 2021 and give our students a sneak peek of their tour.

The South Canterbury YES National Finalists for 2021 are Amy Hay, Hamish Ryall and Luke Jordan who make up the YES company FrostEase from Mackenzie College.

This was Mackenzie College’s first year participating in YES.

FrostEase has designed and manufactured an outdoor grade PVC canvas to create a bladder which encloses a layer of closed-cell foam that floats on the trough water, creating a layer of insulation and prevents troughs freezing over in winter, solving an age-old farming problem. 

FrostEase was one of the top 22 YES Companies from around New Zealand who pitched their product to a panel of National Judges to compete for a prize pool of $23,000, 13 National Excellence Awards and the grand title of New Zealand YES Company of the Year.

A private celebration and viewing of the YES Award Ceremony was held at Mackenzie College, Fairlie. “The evening was a great success celebrating the amazing achievements of young entrepreneurs from across New Zealand. The out of the box thinking was at an all-time high in 2021 as highlighted by the National Final Judges. The competition was fierce and FrostEase held their own, I look forward to seeing their progress in 2022” said Stacey Gallagher YES Co-ordinator for the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce.

FrostEase won the Te Arahanga Primary Industries National Excellence Award, awarded to the YES company with the best business product or service that relates to food or fibre.  This award comes with $1000 prize money for the team.

FrostEase also received a high commendation from the National Final Judges for their product with David Downs adding “we love your work and we can’t wait to see you come back next year, you showed innovation in your product your solving a real world problem for farmers” “We can’t wait to see the sales results to really back up your vision so please come back next year, please!”

Due to the extensive testing FrostEase required of their product to ensure a high quality and a durable product they made the decision to hold off sales until next year. With a lot of interest from Hynds, Farmlands and PGG Wrightson and securing a manufacturer to mass produce, they are projecting high demand throughout the country for their Fleximat in 2022.

FrostEase is continuing with YES next year and have their eye on the top prize New Zealand YES Company of the Year 2022!

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme program is run in high schools in the South Canterbury Region and delivered by The South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce “We would like to thank our 2021 sponsors, Todd Mudie Group, Ara Institute of Canterbury Limited and our many mentors. Your continued support has made it possible to provide such a valuable program to our South Canterbury students and unleash our future young leaders!”


The South Canterbury YES students in the above image from left to right are Hamish Ryall, Amy Hay and Luke Jordan.