Teens get down to business


Almost 200 secondary school students were at Wintec’s Atrium for the annual Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme’s – Yes – Kickstart Tīmatanga event.

They were given information about the programme and time with about 40 speed coaches – and almost 50 companies were created.

Yes is a long running programme which gives Year 12 and 13 students an opportunity to set up and run their own businesses. Their companies complete challenges throughout the year for regional and national awards and tertiary scholarships.

Regional co-ordinator Maddier Walker said students were brimming with  ideas, from unique products and twists on familiar ones to new services developed to turn a profit.

It was excellent to see business leaders offering feedback, she said.

“Yes is a fantastic experience for students and being able to connect with these mentors really sets them on the right track for the year.”

Lisa Shaw from HR Attract who was pictured with Te Awamutu College students Jacob Chetwin (left) and Tai Baker-Singh.


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Roy Pilott

Roy Pilott - the editorial director at Good Local Media - has worked in media in both New Zealand and the UK. He began his career at South Waikato News, worked for a football magazine and an east London tabloid, and later became the editor of the Waikato Times and Taranaki Daily News, and sub editor for the Sunday Star Times.

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