Young Enterprise Scheme.

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) is an opportunity for year 12 & 13 students to unleash their inner entrepreneur and experience the start-up world first-hand. It 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 how to plan and run a business with the help of a mentor from the local business community
  • Engage in entrepreneurial experiences
  • Develop a range of skills to help them in their career and in life: communication skills, problem solving & innovation, creative thinking, financial skills, attention to detail and perseverance
  • Consult with and create networks in their community

There are five YES challenges that each company needs to complete:

  • Challenge 1 – Product Validation
  • Challenge 2 – The Pitch
  • Challenge 3 – Promotion
  • Challenge 4 – Sales
  • Challenge 5 – Annual Review

Each YES company can enter regional and national competitions, culminating in the National Awards where the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Company of the Year is announced.

Key sponsors for YES in Taranaki are Massey University, TSB and the TSB Community Trust. YES students also enjoy strong support from our local business community through sponsorship, awards and the involvement of business mentors.

If you would like to find out more about YES in Taranaki please contact our Regional Coordinator Katja at 021 170 2477 or email

Thank you to our sponsors:

Massey University

Massey University

Powering the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme

For more than 80 years, Massey University has helped shape the lives and communities of people in New Zealand and around the world. Its forward-thinking spirit, research-led teaching, and cutting-edge discoveries make Massey New Zealand’s defining university...Read more

TSB Community Trust

TSB Community Trust

The TSB Community Trust is committed to championing positive opportunities and being an agent of beneficial change for Taranaki and its people now and in the future – commitment to our communities’ success drives everything that we do...Read more