Before the school holidays,  I was delighted to spend three days at Havelock North High School, Karamu High School, and EIT where I watched over 200 nervous, yet excited students pitch their business idea to a panel of judges from the local business community.

The Hawke’s Bay Young Enterprise Scheme provides vital knowledge to students and helps to develop 21st-century skills which will help them succeed not just in business but also in life.    Despite many obstacles and challenging circumstances due to COVID – 19, students using modern technology were able to form their businesses, validate their products/service with others from outside their homes and come up with an array of exciting and innovative products from electric skateboards to vegan dog treats and everything in between.

Students are now getting ready for their next sales opportunity, which will be at the Hastings Farmers Market on Sunday 16th August.  This gives the general public a chance to meet the students and witness first-hand the amount of work students have been doing, giving the community the opportunity to browse the YES market place.  Please show your support to our budding entrepreneurs by attending the market.

A special thanks to the schools that hosted the pitch heats and to the Judges for giving up your time to support this fantastic initiative.

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