YES gets Eastland Group backing

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YES gets Eastland Group backing

Eastland Group and Electric Village are taking an active role in this year’s Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES).

They will provide expertise on the judging panels and sponsor two major end-of-year awards — the Eastland Group Marketing Award and the Electric Village Innovation Award.

They will also be offering Electric Village as a venue and resource for students in the scheme.

Eastland Network has been working with Project Ataahua on two murals, one by the Bright Street entry to the library and one beside the Plunket building. As well as providing the buildings for the artworks, the network is also sponsoring the local artists who are creating the murals, Lina Marsh, Simon Lardelli and Steve Smith.

Eastland Group chief executive Matt Todd says “we have been so impressed with the Project Ataahua team we decided to broaden our support and become a sponsor for the YES programme in 2018.”

“Entrepreneurial, forward-thinking and community-minded young people are the future of Tairawhiti, and we look forward to seeing this year’s talented teams bring their ideas to life.”

Energy champion Katherine Evett says as New Zealand’s first new energy hub Electric Village is a place for everyone to collaborate and join in the conversation about what the future could be like for our region.

“So it was a natural fit for us to be part of YES, offering a cool space where the teams can come to meet their mentors, brainstorm and be inspired.

“We are excited to be hosting the regional Dragon’s Den-style business pitching session on June 13.”

Gisborne Chamber of Commerce chief executive Terry Sheldrake said the aim of YES was to give young people a taste of how to run a business, generate and pitch ideas, and think creatively.

“It’s also a great chance for students to be mentored and work alongside a range of businesses in our region.”

It has just been announced that Project Ataahua has won a national prize for the first task in this year’s YES competition.

The first challenge required teams to submit evidence of a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) or market research.

YES head of operations Dr Colin Kennedy said the standard of the hundreds of submissions they received was extremely high and the panel found it difficult to select the best.

Project Ataahua shared first prize with AlliGaiters from Wellington College.

YES organiser Lena Bevan said it was fantastic Project Ataahua had won but didn’t want other Gisborne teams to be discouraged.

“It’s an even playing field in terms of marks, as all those who submitted task 1 receive 10 points,” she said.

Posted: Mon 07 May 2018