A bright future
In late October I had the pleasure of attending the North Auckland Regional Awards for the Young Enterprise Scheme, hosted by ATEED. Organiser Hilary Robotham informed me that 53 schools, 180 student businesses and 1400 students from across New Zealand were involved in the Awards this year. And they’re keen to increase those figures in 2016.
That is some serious potential, and judging by what I saw at the North Auckland event, this scheme is definitely the breeding ground for tomorrow’s business leaders.
At the time of writing the winner of the National Finals in Wellington was yet to be determined, but I’m sure the judges would have had their work cut out for them to pick a winner from the incredible line-up of finalists.
These young entrepreneurs go through the whole gamut of business experience during the year, from concept stage, through sales and marketing, attending a Dragon’s Den, an EY financial workshop, CEO’s conference, and much, much more – picking up wealth of skills, knowledge and confidence along the way. In fact, a YES survey revealed that 95 percent of participants say the program is a confidence booster.
Some of these students are in Year 11 – like David Smith and Jacques Cantin of Northcote College, whose IDT business (www.pokey.nz) took out the Start-Up category at the North Auckland Awards. David and Jacques came up with a unique key organiser designed to fit between two and 12 keys and have plans to enhance their product even further next year.
So hat’s off to the tieless organisers of the YES Awards – Hilary Robotham in particular – for enabling such a worthwhile scheme to happen every year. And let’s hope more schools and businesses lend their support and involvement in 2016.
With these bright young entrepreneurs given all the support and motivation possible, the future’s looking very bright indeed.
Speaking of 2016, it’s racing up on us at a great rate of knots. Together with the small, but hard-working, team at NZBusiness (namely Leanne, Rachel, Cherie and Katharina, along with Get Ahead publishers Cathy and Yvonne), I’d like to extend the very best of wishes for the holiday season ahead.
I hope that you can spend some relaxing time with family or friends over the next few weeks, and may 2016 be a prosperous one for your business in every way possible. Glenn H Baker email@example.com