High schools pitch bright ideas to local business leaders

West Coast high school students are once again putting their business skill to the test as they tackle the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Business Challenge mid‐year pitch at at Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Greymouth campus.

Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Secondary/Tertiary Education Liaison Jade Mahuika says it’s fantastic to welcome the students on campus to pitch their burgeoning business ideas to a panel of local business experts.

“We’ve got teams from Greymouth High School, Buller High School and the West Coast Trades Academy and a range of amazing industry representatives on campus today for the Mid‐year Pitch. They’ve been working hard since the beginning of the YES Business Challenge to refine their business ideas, create a business plan and get ready to sell their ideas.

“It really is like entering the Dragon’s Den for the students and we’re so grateful to our panel of experts for lending their time and expertise to the process.”

The YES Mid‐year Pitch is one of five challenges held throughout the year that contribute to team’s overall results in the business challenge programme – a year‐long opportunity for senior secondary students to unleash their inner entrepreneur and experience the start‐up world first‐hand.

Polytechnic Leader – Engagement Mequa Hourston says hosting the challenge is another way the institute can support the local community and wider region.

“We really are more than a polytechnic and our doors are always open to the community, whether it be to talk about training options and new opportunities or how we can support great local initiatives. Seeing the high school students pitch their ideas is truly inspiring and I wish them all the best.”

Thanks go to the expert panel, including Polytechnic Board Member Rob Caldwell, Development West Coast’s Rob Kennedy, Ian Johnson, DWC Capability and Growth Advisor, and Westland Councillor Latham Martin.

Find out more about YES at http://youngenterprise.org.nz/

A H Beerscuits with Judges


For more information contact:
Mequa Hourston, Leader Engagement
DDI: 03 7699 405 | Mobile: 027 237 5844 | email: mequah@tpp.ac.nz