Stu­dents ex­cel at YES awards

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Five Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dents have proven they are busi­ness savvy.

Dal­las Kete, and JA-OK com­pany of Kaleb Reid, Olivia Carter, Jack Trower and Andy Sch­weizer re­ceived hon­ours at the Waika­toKing Coun­try Young En­ter­prise Scheme An­nual Awards.

Dal­las Kete de­vel­oped the H20-Yes wa­ter test­ing unit, which earned her the EMA Waikato Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Award, while Stu­dent Sur­vival NZ app cre­ators Kaleb, Olivia, Jack and Andy, won the Sky City Com­mu­nity Trust Award for third place.

YES in­volves stu­dents set­ting up and run­ning a real busi­ness, cre­at­ing, pro­mot­ing and sell­ing a prod­uct or ser­vice, con­duct­ing mar­ket re­search, plan­ning, bud­get­ing, tak­ing and man­ag­ing risk and turn­ing prob­lems into chal­lenges.

The na­tional awards re­mained top se­cret un­til the event last Thurs­day.

YES Waikato-King Coun­try co­or­di­na­tor Levinia Paku says the awards were a re­flec­tion of the high level of tal­ented, busi­ness­minded stu­dents in the re­gion.

‘‘Th­ese teams are not only think­ing out­side the square to de­velop unique prod­ucts, they are work­ing hard to ful­fil the re­quire­ments of run­ning a suc- cess­ful busi­ness,’’ she says.

Kete’s so­lar pow­ered wa­ter test­ing unit en­ables peo­ple to test for bac­te­ria. The small palm sized unit tests for to­tal dis­solved solids which will give the user an in­di­ca­tion if the wa­ter con­tains bac­te­ria, but not the spe­cific strains.

One hour so­lar charge, pro­vides 24 hours of power to the unit.

The idea for Kete’s so­lar pow- ered wa­ter tester came from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence with con­tract­ing wa­ter borne ill­ness gi­a­r­dia from tap wa­ter in Hong Kong while on stu­dent ex­change.

She was also in­spired to cre­ate the unit after learn­ing about the amount of peo­ple be­com­ing ill in Have­lock North after drink­ing wa­ter con­tain­ing campy­lobac­ter.

JA-OK com­pany cre­ated an app to support school leavers. It in­cludes low-bud­get recipes, flat­ting guides, a bud­get, CV builder, study tips and links to uni­ver­si­ties.

Smart Waikato Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Mary Jensen said she is thrilled with the cal­i­bre of en­tries this year.

‘‘All stu­dents can be ex­tremely proud of what they have achieved. Young en­ter­prise in our re­gion is alive and kick­ing.’’


Olivia Carter, Kaleb Reid, Jack Trower, Andy Sch­weizer, and Dal­las Kete (not pic­tured) re­cieved YES awards.

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