YES - Young Enterprise Scheme - Gisborne Chamber of Commerce

YES - Young Enterprise Scheme in Gisborne

Gisborne’s young entrepreneurial talent did the city proud last week when teams from Campion College and Gisborne Girls’ High School represented the region at the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Awards in Wellington.

YES overall Impact Report for 2017 which highlights the good that we have achieved across the board - available here - 2017- YES Impact Report Click

Regional winner Torrac from Campion College gave a confident, articulated pitch competing against 22 other teams from across the country said YES coordinator Lena Bevan.

"The level was outstanding and company representatives held themselves with such esteem and eloquence. Organisers commented that the level this year was again raised another notch."

YES - Young Enterprise Scheme - Gisborne Chamber of Commerce

Nitha Vashti and Rebecca Collier from GGHS represented Project Ataahua at the event and won a National Excellence Award for Arts and Culture.

Ms Bevan said the evening was a wonderful occasion with MC Ben Hurley bringing humour to a night which celebrated creativity, innovation and products/services to benefit ‘the greater good’.

A group of students from Henderson High School in Auckland were awarded first place as The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Company of the Year.

Olelei from Henderson High School received a $3000 cash prize, and each member of the team also received a $5000 scholarship from Massey Business School.

Over 860 student-led businesses were created through YES this year and 18 students entrepreneurs and business leaders made it through to the finals.

Over $20,000 in cash prizes and $30,000 in scholarships were awarded at the National Awards dinner held at Wellington’s TSB Arena.

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme is a business experience programme where high school students run a real business. It is focused on creating a more prosperous New Zealand through enterprise, and works with schools across the country to help students learn about business and entrepreneurship.

Gisborne Chamber of Commerce/YES Regional Coordinator would like to thank the following - YES regional sponsor ECT, teachers, mentors and business advisers, dragons den judges, EIT and of course all of the students who participated in YES this year. If you'd like to mentor a company in 2018 get in touch with Lena no sure if could mention this here?

GISBORNE’S TOP YES TEAM: Here Gisborne’s winning team Torrac from Campion College are from left Nikolii Veenstra, Toby Sutton, Ryan Higgs, Robert Hall, and Myles Ashworth. They gave a business pitch about their short film festival competition to a judging panel in the National finals as part of the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme’s competition.

ARTS AND CULTURE AWARD: Here representing GGHS’s Project Ataahua are Nitha Vashti and Rebecca Collier with their mentor and GGHS Year 9 dean Justine Ward (middle). The Project Ataahua team won the National Excellence prize for a project that involved the commissioning of public artworks to beautify the city.

The other team members are Philippa Hudson, Kate Plummer and Cam Morrell.


NATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD: Project Ataahua won one of 13 National Excellence Awards, a new category in the YES programme this year. Pictured here are Nitha Vashti and Rebecca Collier who accepted the award on the team’s behalf.

Pictures by Gino Demeer Cactus Photography.


Congratulations to all our YES student participants, category nominees and award winners in this years regional awards ceremony.

Overall Winners
Regional Winner – Torrac, Campion College
Runner-Up – Project Ataahua, Gisborne Girls' High
National Excellence Award – Project Ataahua
Effort and Attitude – Wheelers and Dealers (Butterstick), Campion College
Market Day Stall best product display/presentation - Corolla (Positivity Pots), Campion College
Financial Award – Amarpreet Singh, Wheelers and Dealers
Male Entrepreneur – Myles Ashworth, Torrac
Female Entrepreneur – Nitha Ashti, Project Ataahua

pictured L to R: Matt Smith (teacher), Nikolii Veenstra, Ryan Higgs, Robert Hall, Toby Sutton, Myles Ashworth and Peter Varey from Eastland Community Trust who presented the award.

First Place Regional Winner - Torrac, Campion College
Torrac is an annual short-film festival designed specifically for youth. The team hosted the event in early September at the Odean Theatre featuring live music and the screening of the film entries.

pictured L to R: Kate Plummer, Nitha Ashti, Cam Morrell, Rebecca Collier, Phillipa Hudson

RUNNERS-UP - PROJECT ATAAHUA - Gisborne Girls' High School
These Year 12 entrepreneurs commission local artists to create masterpieces to help beautify our city.

The team also took out the National Excellence Award of which there are only 13 awards nationwide. Each of the 13 excellence award recipients will be presented their 'mystery' award category on the evening of the National Gala Awards held in Wellington on the 6th December.

Completed city mural by local artists Nick Tupara and Phil Berry located in the carpark opposite the War Memorial Theatre

This year the YES programme comprised of 21 regions, 184 schools, 835 teams and 3,574 students nationwide. We are thrilled to be taking two winning teams from Gisborne to represent their region at the national awards. Both teams will also be awarded $1,000 in prize money towards their company.

Special acknowledgement to EIT Wayne Spence and Natalie Torrance for opening their venue at Toru Restaurant for our awards evening. Thank you to our sponsor Eastland Community Trust, teachers, mentors and business people who helped support the YES programme this year.