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Young Enterprise Scheme

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme held the Wellington region Dragons Den Final in Wellington City on Tuesday 28 June 2016.

Presented by the region’s premiere partner Wellington City Council, the top 7 YES Companies were invited to perform in front of a full house at PwC Wellington’s function centre on The Terrace and compete for a prize pool of $3000 for the purpose of start start-up funding to assist the teams in getting their businesses off the ground.

These YES Companies were tasked with impressing the panel of judges with a business pitch followed by a Q&A session from the Dragons. At the end of all seven pitches, the Dragons deliberated on how the funding pool would be divided.

The YES Companies competing at the regional final were:
Granville Street - Hutt International Boys School
Tutor Corp – Wellington College
Ease – Hutt Valley High School
Keeping It Natural - Mana College
Essence ICE – Wellington East Girls College
Prestige Mens Product – Wainuiomata High School
Quench – Scots College

Wellington Region Coordinator for the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme, Gavin Miller said, “ The overall standard of this year’s finalists was as high as ever with a wide array of great business ideas being brought to life. But what is so great to see the diverse representation of schools from the wider Wellington region. There are so many positive stories that come out of the YES program, not just in Wellington but from all over New Zealand. It just shows there are so many talented young New Zealanders out there - all they need is a chance to showcase their skills and be able to show the public how talented they are. ”

The judges (Dragons) for the night had a very hard task to decide how the funding pool would be distributed, purely decided on their impressions from what they saw on the night. However the winners on the night were as follows:

Tutor Corp (Wellington College) - $250, for their fledgling online school Tutoring Service
Essence ICE (Wellington East Girls) - $400, producing sustainable and beautiful bamboo chopping and serving boards
Keeping It Natural (Mana College) - $550, for their work done producing a natural kawakawa extract balm product
Ease (Hutt Valley High School) - $600, to assist in the development of a dairy-free chocolate milk

The big winner of the night was Wainuiomata High. The team from Prestige Men’s Product impressed the whole audience with a focussed and business driven, yet entertaining presentation that helped them take out the major share of the funding, securing $1200 for their men’s hair wax product.

The judges’ panel consisted of: Entrepreneur, investor and YES Alumnus Paul Grover, Fairfax Media journalist and YES supporter Tom Pullar-Strecker, Wellington City Councillor and Chair of WCC’s Economic Development Strategy Jo Coughlan and GM of Brand for Flick Electric Jessica Venning-Bryan.

All 95 teams participating in the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme for the region will now go on produce and sell their product or service in coming weeks and compete in other aspects of the program to find the regional champion for each the ‘Wellington to Porirua’ and ‘Hutt Valley to Wairarapa’ regions in 2016.

Photo: Wainuiomata High School YES Company Prestige Men’s Product. CEO Nikeel Kumar (left), Tanara Haenga, Kashaya Collier, Gavin Miller (Young Enterprise Scheme Regional Coordinator), Sheldon Brown and Joseph Tunupopo.