Wintec’s Atrium Comes Alive with Entrepreneurial Energy at Young Enterprise Scheme Kickstart Tīmatanga Event


More than 200 students from a dozen Waikato secondary schools turned out to see what Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) is all about.

The highlight of the morning was the speed coaching session in which students had the opportunity to pick the brains of more than 40 business mentors.

YES Waikato coordinator Maddie Walker was thrilled with the turnout.

Both students and mentors left feeling positive about the year ahead, with a mentor saying it was “fantastic to see the energy in the room and the passion the teams have.”

Students, in true Gen Z style, reported it was “so cool” and “super fun.”

Interested in mentoring a new YES business? Contact maddie@smartwaikato.co.nz for more information.

YES is managed in the Waikato by Smart Waikato Trust.

Made possible with support from sponsors Wintec Te Pūkenga, Waikato Pacific Business Network, Waikato Chamber of Commerce, The University of Waikato, Foster Group, CAL Isuzu, and EMA.

Kiani Tuhua from SWIFT with Hauraki Plains College students

The team from Soda Inc


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