Feb 25, 2019

Young Enterprise Scheme (YES)

  • Crimson Education
  • New Zealand
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The Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) focuses on inspiring young people to discover and unleash their potential in business and in life. This programme encourages innovation and provides foundational business skills for the next business leaders. YES believes that the future of work is becoming more difficult to accurately predict or imagine.

Determining and focusing on the various skills and knowledge young people need from educators is very crucial. The enterprise programmes use a combination of teachers and members of the business community to provide an experience that is both authentic and relevant to the world. Adapting to changing circumstances, failing fast, feeling success and learning how to collaborate in teams helps students to unleash participants' entrepreneurial spirit. The programme’s financial literacy resources teach students to be smart with their money so that they can have more choices in life.

YES works with Regional Coordination partners, over 1,000 teachers and 1,500 volunteers. With this network, the lives of more than 100,000 students every year can be changed. The journey involves Year 12 and 13 students creating their own unique product or service. Students form a YES business at the start of the school year, and take it to market. During the year, students attend events that mirror the process start-up businesses go through. This includes developing business and marketing plans, receiving guidance and mentoring from experienced business people.

For more information visit the official website here.


Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range




Any student that is able to form a team is able to join YES and begin the journey

Participation Cost

No cost

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


Not many technical skills required, but a substantial interest in business and innovation

Time Commitment


This is a year long project where students establish their idea at the start of the year. The number of hours per week may vary.

Application Deadline

2020 enrolments are now live

Application Process Includes

Students need to register through their school and find out more information about the application process

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