Young Enterprise Scheme

Young Enterprise Scheme

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) is an experiential programme where students set up and run a real business. Each YES company creates their own product or service and brings this to market.

Through The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme, students learn about business planning and operations, develop a range of personal and business skills, consult with and create networks in their community.

YES can be a timetabled course, or an extracurricular option. YES is commonly used as a vehicle to deliver Business Studies Achievement Standards at Levels 2 and 3. Other qualification options include the YE certificate (NZQA recognised), NZIM paper 836 or Achievement Standards from another learning area.

There is a $25,000 national prize pool, as well as regional awards, cash prizes and tertiary scholarships. YES students have opportunities to attend national business competitions and events and maintain business networks through the YES alumni and business incubator programmes.

Over the years KVC has had significant success in the YES competition, winning numerous Regional awards and being the Otago Regional Business Excellence winners three times. Our most recent successes have been in 2015 with the Kāika Energy Team and 2016 with Kāika BeeCo.

Kāika Energy took on the ambitious task of converting food waste into Bio fuel and liquid fertiliser using a Bio Digester that they imported from China. This project received huge regional and national media coverage. Appearing on local TV a number of times, numerous Otago Daily Times articles, a 12-minute segment on Radio NZ National, Our Changing World Programme, and even appearing on TV1 News at 6pm as a main story. By the end of 2015 these students had developed into confident, ambitious young business people and have gone on to study at Polytech and University with some utilising the scholarships they gained as Regional and National award winners.

Regional Awards

  • Excellence in Finance
  • Most Sustainable Business Award Overall 
  • Otago Regional Business Excellence Award winners

National Excellence Awards

  • Unitec Award for Enterprising Technology
  • Zero Award for Thinking Big.

Kāika Energy were also finalists in two categories of the NZ Innovator of the Year Awards, Young Innovators of the Year and The Peoples Choice.


Kāika BeeCo

This success was followed in 2016 with an amazing effort from the Kāika BeeCo team.

Kāika BeeCo recognised a gap in the market for affordable, high quality beehives, which they named ‘Honey Huts’. They produced hives for commercial operators and those hives are now working successfully in Central Otago. They also utilised material from school redevelopments and produced niche market Recycled Rimu hives, which proved very desirable to hobbyist beekeepers who had been struggling to source beehives due to the high demand from commercial operators.

This project again received much media attention, appearing numerous times in the Otago Daily Times including a large front-page article and many bee-keeping related websites. They also appeared in an article in the Organic NZ Magazine.

Regional Awards

  • Sustainable Business Award
  • Best Sales Performance
  • Best Financial Performance
  • Best Business Plan
  • Best Marketing Plan
  • Overall Otago Regional Business Excellence Award
  • 2nd place - Dragons’ Den Oral Presentation and Annual review

National Excellence Awards

  • Excellence in Operations
  • Top NZ Scholar in the YES exam was Nadia Paine, the CEO of Kāika BeeCo.