The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) is an experiential programme where students set up and run a real business. 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.

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

Young Enterprise Scheme is managed in the Waikato – King Country region by Smart Waikato.

YES is open to ALL Years 12 and 13 students in the Waikato-King Country, regardless of whether they take part as a school – YES Connect has been developed to include entrepreneurial Years 12 and 13 students not participating in the programme through school.

YES Events


February 26th

The Atrium | Wintec City Campus

The Pitch

June 10th & 11th | 1pm – 7pm

Bill Gallagher Centre | Wintec City Campus

Trade Fair

Date TBC (August)

Venue TBC

Waikato Regional Finals

November 5th | Time TBC

Bill Gallagher Centre | Wintec City Campus

YES National Finals

Tuesday 7 December

Venue TBC

YES Kickstart | Tīmata 2021

Waikato’s budding young entrepreneurs came together at Wintec’s Atrium for the annual Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme’s Kickstart Tīmata event. A record breaking turnout of over 400 year 12 and 13 students took part in the day, where they had the opportunity to pick the brains of over 60 Waikato business leaders in a speed coaching session.

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