Help tomorrow’s young entrepreneurs.

Get involved with the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES), a programme that encourages innovation and provides foundation business skills for the next generation of business leaders.


The YES journey

Year 12 and 13 students create their own unique product or service, form a YES business at the start of the school year, and take it to market.

Throughout the year, they attend events that mirror the process start-up businesses go through – including developing business and marketing plans, receiving guidance and mentoring from business people, and presenting their ideas to a live audience at the Dragon’s Den events.

For all students, the business knowledge they develop is supplemented by skills in teamwork, communication, problem-solving, negotiation, and decision making.

Students learn by experiencing the value of innovative thinking and develop enterprising attributes. YES is an incredible learning experience that thousands of students participate in each year.


The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme can be used to deliver the following qualification pathways:

  • Business Studies Achievement Standards (Levels 2 and 3)
  • YE Certificate (24 credit equivalents at Level 3)


Find out how you can get involved by volunteering as a YES mentor.

Hawkes Bay Chamber delivers YES across the Hawkes Bay region on behalf of the Young Enterprise Trust.


Become a mentor

Interested in being a YES Mentor?
Please contact me directly.


Jeriel Sajan

Youth & Business Support Co-ordinator

Hawke’s Bay Regional Coordinator | Young Enterprise Trust

021 071 4531 

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