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 Penny, and she will endeavour to make a great match for you.


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For more information:
Penny Bunting (Co-ordinator) [email protected]

Upcoming YES events

Look out for our up and coming YES Connect events.

These are exclusive to the Waikato, where our Young Entrepreneurs learn tips and tricks for their challenges and businesses as a whole. Our first event will be our Pitch Planner session. Keep an eye out for more information that is soon to come!

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