Help tomorrow’s young entrepreneurs.

Get involved with the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES), a programme that encourages innovation and provides foundation business skills for the next generation of business leaders.

Auckland Business Chamber is proud to be the delivery partner for YES across the Auckland region on behalf of the Young Enterprise Trust.



Interested in being a YES Mentor?
Contact our team:

Madison Barnett
YES Regional Coordinator for South & East Schools


Auckland YES Teams awarded at National Finals

Purpose SwimwearAlbany Senior High School

  • The Todd Foundation Award for Third Place overall
  • The Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment Award for Innovation

LoyalKiwi - Saint Kentigern College

  • The Gallagher Award from Smart Technology

View media release here.



2019 YES Auckland Regional Winners

Congratulations to these five Auckland teams announced as regional winners in The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES):

  • Central Auckland - Auckland Grammar School: YES Team - One Cut    
  • East Auckland - Glendowie College: YES team - CloudMass
  • West Auckland - Henderson High School: YES team - Intura
  • South Auckland - Manurewa High School: YES team - Kumanu NZ
  • North Auckland - Albany Senior High School: YES team - Purpose Swimwear

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to view the awards photos.

They now go onto pitch their business cases against 21 other teams from around New Zealand in the Young Enterprise National Awards in Wellington in December. Good Luck!

2018 YES National Winner – Henderson High School

Henderson High School students have been awarded The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Company of the Year for their business 'Volt Electrics'. The company was awarded $3000, as well as a $5000 scholarship for each company member to the Massey University Business School. 

Over the past 10 months 4000 students across the country have created and run their own businesses right from conception through to production, marketing and sales. The one-year programme gives students an authentic learning experience that prepares them for life after schooling by teaching entrepreneurship and connecting them with the business community.

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The YES journey

Year 12 and 13 students create their own unique product or service, form a YES business at the start of the school year, and take it to market. Throughout the year, they attend events that mirror the process start-up businesses go through – including developing business and marketing plans, receiving guidance and mentoring from business people, and presenting their ideas to a live audience at the Dragon’s Den events. Find out how you can get involved by volunteering as a YES mentor.

Auckland Business Chamber delivers YES across the Auckland region on behalf of the Young Enterprise Trust.


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