Budding young entrepreneurs pitch business ideas to judges

Wednesday 22 May

A business painting schoolmates' nails for their school prom and another offering discreetly-packaged 'period packs' for single fathers and grandparents of teenage girls were among 32 ideas pitched by student entrepreneurs this week.

A panel of judges from the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) is hearing teams of students from six Taranaki high schools present their business ideas.

The scheme, which runs all year, takes students through all the steps of starting up a business, including deciding on a viable product or service, market research and budgeting, production and packaging, YES regional coordinator Katja Eager, from the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce, said.

"It's all done in the helpful atmosphere of a high school and they don't need to to risk their house or mortgage on it," she said.

The students had been working on their ideas since the beginning of the year and were now presenting their entrepreneurial skills in front of judges for feedback.

"It was amazing to see the pitching their ideas. Very inspiring. It was a real mixed bag." 

Sustainability and social enterprise were common themes in the products and services.

"The period pack team wanted to give back and fight period poverty among young girls who can't afford to buy products," she said.

Students from Hāwera High and Taranaki Diocesan Schools presented their pitches on Tuesday at the Hub in Hāwera and students from four other high schools were to present their ideas on Wednesday.

Hāwera High School students Tatiana Sadler and Sam Hardie were first up at the Hub session.

Their product, BeYou! lip and body scrubs, was packaged in reuseable tins and came in various flavours.

"I was so nervous, we only had 10 minutes," Tatiana said.

"We practised our presentation for ages," Sam added.


A special thanks to the sponsors Massey University, TSB Community Trust and TSB for their kind support.

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