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) [email protected]

Upcoming YES events

Regional Final Thursday 31 October 2019, 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.

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YES sponsors 2019

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