Enterprising pupils impress

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TWO business-savvy representatives from Southland are attending the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) 2016 Enterprise in Action event at Massey University next month.
Southland Boys’ High School (SBHS) pupil Allan Walter (16) and Olivia Hammond (17) from Aparima College are among 80 secondary school pupils selected from throughout New Zealand to participate in the four-day national YES conference.
To qualify for the event, pupils must be participating in a Lion Foundation YES company.
Allan and Olivia said they were pleased to have been selected and were looking forward to learning more about business and meeting new people.
The pupils will take part in two challenges — Massey Global Challenge, a six to 12 hour problem-solving event related to New Zealand’s economic future, and the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Challenge to create a strategy to market a product internationally.
Co-ordinated locally by the Southland Chamber of Commerce, YES provides Year 12 and 13 pupils with the opportunity to learn about business by setting up their own company and developing a business plan to produce and market a product or service and make a real profit or loss.
Both pupils took part in a Dragon’s Den event at the Southern Institute of Technology on Tuesday. It was the first part of the Southland-Lakes District YES competition and involved teams pitching their business idea to a panel of judges.
The company Allan is a director of, Recyte Creations, won top honours, with the judges investing $500.
The judges invested $300 in Mount Aspiring College companies Cool Colours, Make Time and Divine Inferno, Southland Girls’ High School company It’s Just Me received $250 and Aparima College’s Sweeten Up Your Day was awarded $100.
The teams’ next challenge will be a market day at the Southern Farmers’ Market on August 21.
The winning Southland-Lakes District company will represent the region at the national awards in Wellington in December.

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