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Young Enterprise Scheme

South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce run the Young Enterprise Scheme in order to support the future young entrepreneurs of South Canterbury.

The Young Enterprise Scheme is run in conjunction with the Lion Foundation and the Young Enterprise Trust.
 The Young Enterprise Trust provides a range of enterprise and financial literacy resources to schools throughout New Zealand.

2016 Young Enterprise Scheme

E Day - March 2016
The first event of the regional calendar for the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme was Enterprise Day (E-day), students work in their company teams, get feedback from business coaches and meet their regional coordinator and the other YES students in the South Canterbury region. The event is designed to familiarise students with the programme and to set them in the right direction.

One of the most popular sessions of the day for students is the ‘speed business coaching’. Business people come in and move around the various company groups, spending around 5-10 minutes with as many groups as possible over a short period of time. The advice and feedback given is extremely valuable as the students set up their own businesses.

2016 YES Teams

Selling environmentally friendly planter boxes/herb gardens. 
 Knock Out Furniture
Creating small household furniture items eg. tables, from recycled wooden pellets.
 Prestige Wrist Bands Selling wristbands
 Blue Awareness Working with Prostate Cancer as charity, working toward selling clothing in support.
 Blue Cords Inc Selling branded jandals, working with the rugby foundation and concussion focus.
 Acceleration Enterprise Caps for Starship. Every time a branded hat is purchased a child in Starship gets a rubber wrist band, representing
someone is wearing a hat for them.
 The Breakfast Bunch Providing delicious and nutritious smoothies before school for those who don't eat breakfast.

Regional Sponsor   National Partners



The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES), with The Lion Foundation as principal supporter, is administered in New Zealand by the Enterprise New Zealand Trust. 

The scheme is s one year experiential business programme for young people, teachers and business people. Senior secondary school students form a company, become directors and develop products and services, which they market and sell. They implement a business plan, complete an annual report and make real profit or loss.

YES is school based and teaches skills in budgeting, planning, interpersonal relations, decision making, reporting, communications, risk management and teamwork. 

Yes is available in all secondary schools and in 2014 there are approximately 45 students taking part in the Young enterprise Scheme from 3 South Canterbury schools.

Young Enterprisers: 
  • Add value to school based knowledge
  • Learn how to run a business
  • Learn value of being enterprising
  • Develop a "can do" attitude
  • Learn to take and manage risks

Contact South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce for more information or visit the Young Enterprise Scheme national website:  

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