Hive of activity bears fruit
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.