Eureka smoothies strike gold at enterprise awards

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zalamero2web4 03 Nov 2017

Enterprising Waikato secondary school students will wing their way to Wellington in December after striking gold at the Waikato-King Country Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Annual Awards last night.

Zalamero Eureka Smoothies, a business launched by students from Westmount School in Eureka, was named Wintec Company of the Year 2017 at the business competition where they were up against more than 200 enterprising Year 12 and 13 students.

YES Waikato-King Country co-ordinator Levinia Paku said Zalamero impressed judges across every area of the competition, including at a Dragon’s Den event, Trade Fair and with an annual business review.

“Zalamero has been an outstanding performer in this year’s competition and YES national headquarters has selected them as the best from the Waikato. We are excited to see how they will do at nationals against other schools from throughout New Zealand,” Levinia said.

The calibre of this year’s entries, ranging from sports recovery kits and smart phone study app to a road code board game and juice shots, was high, according to Levinia.

“These awards reflect very talented young entrepreneurs we have here in Waikato. Teams are not only thinking outside the square to develop unique products, they are working hard to fulfil the requirements of running a successful business,” she said.

Students participating in The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme set up and operate their own businesses, creating, promoting, and selling a product or service, conducting market research, planning, budgeting, taking and managing risk and turning problems into challenges.

YES helps students develop knowledge in operating a small business, team building, relationship management, meeting procedures, record keeping, the legal requirements for running a business, and the process of reporting company performance.

Its value is far-reaching, providing students with skills to equip them for life after school. The YES experience also adds depth to a resume when seeking employment.

Zalamero will go on to compete in national awards in Wellington on December 6.

YES is sponsored in Waikato by Wintec, Te Wananga o Aotearoa, the University of Waikato, Foster Construction, Waikato Chambers of Commerce, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, EMA Waikato, Waikato Business News and Stafford Industries.

RESULTS: Wintec Waikato-King Country Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Company of the Year 2017, Westmount School Eureka (Zalamero Eureka Smoothies); Stafford Industries Runner Up, Waikato Diocesan School for Girls (Get n Gear road code board game); Gallagher Commitment Award, Hauraki Plains College (Joos concentrated juice shots); Foster Construction Innovation Award, St Peter’s School of Cambridge (Kaha Recovery sports recovery pack); Waikato Chamber of Commerce Financial Management and Te Wananga o Aotearoa Third Place, Matamata College (SWOT smart phone study app); EMA Waikato High Growth Potential, Hamilton Girls’ High School (Uluna inflatable pillows); Waikato Business News Sales and Marketing and Best Trade Fair Presence, Hamilton Girls’ High School (Eek organic face masks); University of Waikato Leader of the Year Award Ashton McDonald, Waikato Diocesan School for Girls; Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Communications, Westmount School Eureka (Zalamero Eureka Smoothies).