A bright fu­ture

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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 ed­i­tor@nzbusi­ness.co.nz

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