Local high school business students from Southland Girls’ High School, Aparima College, James Hargest College, Southland Boys’ High School and Mount Aspiring College will pitch their businesses as part of The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES).
As the regional partner for Southland and Lakes District, Southern Institute of Technology will host The Pitch event at the SIT Invercargill campus on Wednesday 24 June, and on Friday 19 June in Central Otago.
YES businesses will pitch their business to a panel of Judges who will have up to $1,500 to invest in these new businesses. The judging panel includes Chami Abeysinghe (Southern Institute of Technology), Louise Evans (Coin South), Tanya Hope (Findex), Mike Sanford (Whats On Invers), Dave Anderson (Westpac), and Sheree Carey (Southland Chamber of Commerce).
Southland Chamber of Commerce Regional Coordinator Joanne O’Çonnor said “This year is the ultimate learning opportunity for YES students as they start a new business while navigating through the challenges of Covid-19. Resilience, and how to use digital technologies to help support (or drive) business will be key to the students success this year.”
SIT Chief Executive, Penny Simmonds says that SIT is happy to extend ‘Zero Fees’ to most participants of the programme again this year, helping with registration fees through SIT’s sponsorship.
“It is important for us (SIT) to be able to encourage innovation and business enterprise within the region, now more so than ever before. We are dealing with a global economic shift that has changed the way we work, study and carry out business. It will be interesting to see how the YES businesses will rise to the new challenges we are facing today.
YES is a great opportunity for secondary school students to learn about the mechanics of business, and we can’t wait to see the outcomes of the Pitches and the business ideas they will put forward.”