Waikato business leaders of the future flocked to Wintec’s Atrium in March for the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme’s regional E-Day.
About 260 young entrepreneurs took part in the day in the day, where they had the opportunity to pick the brains of more than 20 Waikato business leader mentors.
YES regional co-ordinator Levinia Paku is thrilled with the support and enthusiasm for the experiential business programme this year, where the years 12 and 13 students set up and run a real business by creating, promoting and selling a product or service.
The entrepreneurs will conduct market research, plan, budget, take and manage risk and turn problems into challenges in the year-long competition.
“It’s great to see such strong interest from schools and business leaders. Supporting YES is important because some of these young people will go on to become our region’s successful employers of the future,” Levinia said.
“The business knowledge they develop is supplemented by skills in teamwork, communication, problem solving, negotiating and decision-making. It’s an incredible learning experience.”
YES companies can enter regional and national competitions culminating in National Awards where the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Company of the Year is announced. Regional awards will be held in October.