Friday, 3rd March, 2017

Almost 4000 New Zealand high school students are expected to launch their own business whilst taking part in The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme this year.

The South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce delivers the Young Enterprise Scheme in South Canterbury and sees the development of enterprise and entrepreneurship as an investment in our youth, ensuring the long term sustainability of our business community.

The first event of the YES year kicks off on 2nd March with students being introduced to the programme, building a team and developing a real-life business idea at Enterprise Day (E-Day). In South Canterbury there are 12 teams entering from across the district and from Oamaru.

Wendy Smith CE of the SC Chamber said “We are thrilled to be delivering this programme in South Canterbury and to be partnered by Ara Institute of Canterbury and the Todd Mudie Group. Both Ara and the Todd Mudie Group understand the significance of community engagement and inspiring our young students to develop core business skills and entrepreneurship.”

The student-led teams learn the process of starting a business, researching their respective industry, developing the product and launching their idea into the market. Mentors are sourced from the local business community to coach the students throughout the year, while speed coaches for Enterprise Day and Dragons Den’s judges provide real life guidance and advice.

Todd Mudie who is also a national Business Mentor and staunch supporter of this programme said “The Todd Mudie Group have a close affinity with this programme recognizing that the Young Enterprise Scheme provides an essential stepping stone and a business foundation for our young people. YES is about investing in our youth and backing them to become the business leaders of the future.”

The Young Enterprise Trust is a Wellington based charity which is focused on creating a more prosperous New Zealand through enterprise, and works with schools across the country to help students learn about business and entrepreneurship. Throughout the year, events organised to support the students will include E-Day, Dragons Den, a marketing opportunity, their own Regional Awards and the official National Awards Gala Dinner.

Schools entering teams this year are Timaru Boys’ High School, Roncalli College, Mountainview High School, St Kevin’s College, and Waitaki Boys’ High School.

For further enquiries: Wendy Smith 03 555 5090