Hive of ac­tiv­ity bears fruit

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By CA­TRIN OWEN

A St Mary’s Col­lege stu­dent has ex­pe­ri­enced busi­ness suc­cess as part of the win­ning team in the New Zealand leg of the Global En­ter­prise Chal­lenge.

Kezia Lynch took part in the com­pe­ti­tion run by the Young En­ter­prise Trust at Massey Univer­sity’s Al­bany cam­pus on June 16.

Eighty year 12 and 13 stu­dents from around New Zealand were di­vided into 10 teams to com­pete in the com­pe­ti­tion, which gave them 12 hours to de­velop a so­lu­tion to a spe­cific global chal­lenge.

Team NZ­ICA won the hard-fought com­pe­ti­tion with their busi­ness plan for a com­pany that pro­duces ur­ban farm­ing kits to help rebuild New Zealand’s bee pop­u­la­tion and in­crease food pro­duc­tion. The kits come com­plete with a bee hive and fruit and veg­etable seedlings.

The busi­ness plan also in­cluded a sup­port web­site and an on­line com­mu­nity for seek­ing ex­pert ad­vice, trad­ing prod­ucts and con­nect­ing with other bee en­thu­si­asts around the world.

Lynch says win­ning the New Zealand com­pe­ti­tion af­ter 12 hours of hard work was ex­cit­ing but ex­haust­ing. She de­vel­oped a lot of new skills over the course of the day.

‘‘I think the main skill I learned was to bond with people quickly to cre­ate a good team. In busi­ness it’s im­por­tant to get along with the people you’re work­ing with. I al­ways say the people are more im­por­tant than the ac­tual idea if you want to be suc­cess­ful,’’ she says.

Lynch in­tends to study com­muni- cation and me­dia stud­ies at univer­sity next year but the ex­pe­ri­ence has made her keen to pur­sue a ca­reer in busi­ness.

‘‘The Young En­ter­prise Trust has def­i­nitely sparked some­thing in me so a ca­reer in busi­ness is some­thing that I’m look­ing into,’’ she says.

Team NZ­ICA’s video en­try was judged against en­tries from all over the world and won the Cre­ativ­ity Award.

New Zealand has a proud record in the event, hav­ing won the global com­pe­ti­tion in 2008, com­ing sec­ond in 2011 and 2012, and win­ning the Asia Pa­cific ti­tle in 2013.

Global suc­cess: Kezia Lynch with some of her team mem­bers.

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