Waikato students star at Young Enterprise National Awards

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Crankworks3 20 Dec 2016

Two groups of Waikato students have been recognised tonight at the Young Enterprise National Awards in Wellington.

The awards recognised student teams who were taking part in The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES). More than 3,400 students took part nationwide, with each YES team challenged to create a run a small business.

Crankworks from St Paul's Collegiate School have won the Innovation Award, and Be Somebody from Fraser High School won the Ministry of Youth Development Award for Business Commitment.

Crankworks created a tool to make post-hole boring safer and easier for farmers. The teams’ invention can be attached to a trailer or farm bike to increase stability, and it helps farmers bore holes without the heavy lifting usually required.

Be Somebody created an environmentally friendly organic body care range. This company was made up of just one student, Corallee Collins-Annan, who completed the year as a sole trader. Corallee produced face scrubs
and face masks which have been certified as vegan and organic.

Young Enterprise CEO Terry Shubkin said the two award winners demonstrated the diversity of talent in the Waikato.

“These were two very different ideas, but both companies were successful because they identified their target market and wanted to solve a problem for that group. Waikato can be very proud of these students.”

More than 3,400 secondary students across the country took part in The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme this year. In the Waikato and King Country regions, 230 students from 43 teams took part. The
programme is managed nationwide by Young Enterprise Trust and coordinated throughout the Waikato and King Country regions by Smart Waikato Trust.