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The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) is an experiential programme where students set up and run a real business. Each YES company creates their own product or service and brings this to market. Through The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme, students will learn about business, develop a range of skills and create networks in their community.

YES can be delivered as a timetabled course, or as an extracurricular option. YES is commonly used as a vehicle to deliver Business Studies Achievement Standards at Levels 2 and 3. Other qualification options include the YE certificate (NZQA recognised), NZIM paper 836 or Achievement Standards from another learning area.

All students partake in a national competition with a $25,000 prize pool as well as regional awards and cash prizes and tertiary scholarships. YES students have opportunities to attend national business competitions and events and maintain business networks through the YES alumni and business incubator programmes.


  • 2019 Winners
    Congratulations to all the teams who received awards at YES (Young Enterprise Scheme) finals held last night here in Te Tairawhiti at Tōnui Collab. READ MORE >
    Posted: Tuesday 26 November 2019
  • 2019 March YES Updates
    Check out some other events in the post.... READ MORE >
    Posted: Wednesday 20 March 2019
  • YES 2018 Results
    Overall an enlightening, successful evening capturing just some of the talent of our youth entrepreneurs in Tairawhiti. Thanks to our entertainment which opened the evening by a young up and coming band ‘Rabbits in Tuxedos’. Cain Kerehoma opened the occasion to lead us straight into the pitches. Thanks to all judges and Steven Follows for stepping in to replace Matt Todd last minute, the award presenters and support from the community and business people. Thanks to our sponsor Activate Tairawhiti for funding and supporting the scheme this year to allow us to facilitate these events and the full year programme. Huge congrats to all the teams who competed in YES for 2018 and to the regional winners. Enormous congrats to Nitha for winning a stand-out national award - CEO of the year. The national finals in Wellington is going to be and exciting event… READ MORE >
    Posted: Tuesday 23 October 2018
  • Some Photos from the 2018 YES Teams Pitching
    Posted: Tuesday 3 July 2018
  • YES gets Eastland Group backing
    Gisborne Herald by Kim Parkinson Published: May 7, 2018 3:44PM READ MORE >
    Posted: Monday 7 May 2018
  • YES - Young Enterprise Scheme in Gisborne
    YES Tairawhiti 2017 Results READ MORE >
    Posted: Tuesday 12 December 2017
  • Posted: Friday 8 December 2017