Date: 28 May 2019
Level 3 Business students are excited to be part of ‘YES’ (Young Enterprise Scheme). OHS has four teams competing this year.
The programme is designed to propel students into entrepreneurship, and give them the confidence to be problem solvers and perhaps future business leaders. Over a thousand students working in groups will start their own business, having developed a product and brought it to market. They will learn essential skills along the way, like problem solving, creative communication, leadership, decision making, time management and networking.
This is experiential learning at its best. Students are given the opportunity to meet business leaders and be inspired by the success of others. They can network with teams from all over the country and compete with each other for significant prizes. They are mentored and attend specialist seminars during the year.
Our teams have set up their companies and have developed some inspirational products. Last week they went to AUT to take part in ‘The Pitch’. The Pitch is an opportunity for each company to share their product ideas with business people and get purposeful feedback. Teams had worked hard perfecting their presentation which was given a mark out of 100. They were judged on, marketing, business model, pitch, production and finance and innovation.
Congratulations in particular to, ‘Clon’ (Clint Amores, Nathan Lee, Lewis McKnight, Otto Prangton) whose iruler impressed the judges and who have already been awarded $300 in seed funding from Waikato University, ‘Intelock’, (Luken Corbett, Javan Fe’ao, Keaton Shaw, Peter-James Shortland) whose tracking system for travellers has attracted interest from within the industry, ‘Cycle’ (Louanna King, Esther Kolofoua, Prescilla Pome’e) for their social enterprise, providing sanitary products to young women in need and ‘On the Side’ (Dylan Gillespie, Finn Johnston, Mycesan Salatielu) who are developing an app that will match young people without work experience, to jobs while they are studying. They too have secured $500.00 seed funding from the University of Otago.
These teams impressed the judges, and we are excited to follow their progress.
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