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Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme  

Contact:Robert Panzer

The Lion Foundation Youth Enterprise Trust (www.youngenterprise.org.nz)is dedicated to growing a more prosperous New Zealand through enterprise with the aim that all New Zealand students participate in experimental enterprise education and financial literacy programs. The flagship program is the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) for senior secondary school students. Students set up a company, create real products or services and make real profit or loss giving them the opportunity to learn about the real business world


During the year the students, with their teachers and with help from local business mentors, will learn about leadership, business planning, production, marketing and finance. Teamwork and community spirit are other components for this great ‘real life’ business experience. NCEA achievement credits can be achieved through school, and a genuine (long term) business opportunity can be created.

The YES Year for 2013:
Term 1-Enterprise Day: Friday 15 March  
The programme starts with the regional “Enterprise-day” This is where students come together to brainstorm concepts and test these out with local business people.One of the objectives is to be ‘matched’ with a local business mentor and the introduction of the regional coordinator.

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Term 2 – YES Dragon’s Den: Tuesday 28 May, at the Theater Royal, Nelson.
This is about producing a business plan and participate in the Oral Presentations; The YES Dragon’s Den. Pitching products to a team of judges (Dragons) made up of investors and business people to endeavour acquiring investment to develop the new business. A total of $ 2,000 will available as start-up or development investment.


Term 3 – Trade Fair: Saturday 24 August
By now the products / services are well developed and ready to be tested for selling. The regional Trade Fair provides an opportunity to all teams to sell to the wider public at the Nelson Saturday Market.



Term 4 -Regional Awards: Friday 25 October. Place and time to be advised.

Capturing the success and learning of the year with rewards for performance, dedication and persistence. Awarding scholarships and other rewards. A celebration and ceremony  for students, teachers, principals, mentors, investors, guest speakers and presenters. A great opportunity for people to learn about the Young Enterprise Scheme and experience the dedication of this years’ students.

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