Young Enterprise Scheme


The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) is an experiential programme where students set up and run a real business. Each YES company creates their own product or service and brings this to market. YES, managed in Waikato - King Country by Smart Waikato, helps students develop knowledge in operating a small business, team building, relationship management, meeting procedures, record keeping, the legal requirements for running a business, and the process of reporting company performance. The value of the programme is far-reaching, providing students with skills to equip them for life after school. The YES experience will add depth to a resume when seeking employment.


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YES is open to ALL Years 12 and 13 students in the Waikato-King Country, regardless of whether they take part as a school. YES Connect has been developed to include entrepreneurial Years 12 and 13 students not participating in the programme through school.

Business Mentors

If your YES company would like a business mentor, please email Levinia, and she will endeavour to make a great match for you.


Join YES on Facebook here

For more information:
Levinia Paku (Co-ordinator)

Upcoming YES events

Trade Fair Friday 23 August at Gourmet in the Garage, Claudeland Showgrounds Gate 3 Brooklyn Rd, Hamilton
Come along and support our YES students market where they will be selling food and innovative products.  Please support our Rangatahi and BRING CASH!

Regional Final Thursday 31 October, Wintec
See our top schools pitch at the grand final vying to be the Waikato/King Country regional winner, followed by the regional awards ceremony.

YES sponsors 2019

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