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Taranaki students win National Title

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Young Enterprise Trust

For Immediate Release

11 December 2013

Taranaki students win National Title

Two students from New Plymouth Girls’ High School were announced as The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Company of the Year at the National Awards in Wellington tonight.

Exposure from New Plymouth Girls’ High School won the national title MOVAC Award for High Growth Potential. Sarah Watt and Danielle Mount are the two directors behind the winning team.

Exposure and all other regional champions were asked to pitch their business to a panel of judges including Xero board member Graeme Shaw and Trilogy founder Sarah Gibbs.  Their win was announced at the national awards, which more than 300 guests, including the Governor-General, Lt Gen. Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae; and the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Bill English.

The Young Enterprise National Awards celebrate the achievements of more than 2500 students who completed The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme this year. Twenty-one awards were presented to students who had shone in the year-long business programme.

Students were asked to form a company, create a new product or service idea and bring it to market. Exposure created the Exposure Band – UV monitoring wristband that is calibrated to change colour when the user is required to reapply sunscreen. The company has been promoted in various national and international newspapers and websites, and has attracted interest from large organisations such as the Australian Skin and Cancer Foundation. The company recently signed a non-exclusive contract with Eco Springs, who will distribute the first 1000 units of their product in New Zealand stores.

Young Enterprise Trust CEO Terry Shubkin said the students’ achievements are inspiring. “In just a few short months, these young people have created their own business and sold amazing new products and services. Along the way they’ve learnt about key business concepts like financial planning, marketing, production and sales. Individually they have gained confidence and self-belief, which I’m sure will help them wherever their future takes them.” 

The full list of winners is:

National Title:

•          The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme Company of the Year: Exposure, New Plymouth Girls’ High School

•          The Todd Corporation Award for 2nd place: Shepherd, St Thomas of Canterbury College

•          The Todd Corporation Award for 3rd place: ABC Dogs, Pakuranga College.

Individual Awards:

•          AUT University Scholar of the Year: Olivia Morgan Mitchell, Sass & Spice, St Mary’s College (Wellington)

•          New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants Award for Young Managing Director of the Year: Sian English, Otepoti Products, Columba College (Dunedin)

•          Sir James Fletcher Award for Outstanding Contribution to Enterprise: Ann Babbage, Otago Girls’ High School (Dunedin)

Company Awards:

•          Award for Excellence in Enterprising Music: Distinctiv Records, Kerikeri High School

•          Award for Excellence in Maori Business: Music Is Our Legacy, Opotiki College

•          BP Award for Excellence in Innovation: Ritual Skincare, ACG Senior College (Auckland)

•          Cook Islands YES Company of the Year: Island Beauty, Tereora College

•          Gallagher Group Award for Excellence in Social Enterprise: OHU, Manurewa High School (Auckland)

•          Global Future Charitable Trust Award for Excellence in Environmental Sustainability: Debonair, Kingsway School (Auckland)

•          MediaWorks Award for Excellence in Sales & Marketing: LiquidChange, Westlake Boys’ High School (Auckland)

•          Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs Award for Excellence in Pasifika Business: Lunches for Less, Aorere College (Auckland)

•          Ministry of Youth Development Award for Commitment: Campbell and Co, Hutt International Boys’ School (Wellington)

•          MOVAC Award for High Growth Potential: Exposure, New Plymouth Girls’ High School

•          NZ Aid Award for a product solving a Development Problem: The Cashew Company, Springbank School (Kerikeri)

•          Photohigher Award for Excellence in Global Sales & Marketing Planning: OHU, Manurewa High School (Auckland)

•          Start-Up Company of the Year: JEM Enterprise, Wellington East Girls’ College

•          Unitec Award for Excellence in Enterprising Technology: Shepherd, St Thomas of Canterbury College (Christchurch)

•          XERO Award for Innovation in ICT: LiquidChange, Westlake Boys’ High School (Auckland)

Young Enterprise Trust CEO Terry Shubkin said the students’ achievements are inspiring. “In just a few short months, these young people have created their own business and sold amazing new products and services. Along the way they’ve learnt about key business concepts like financial planning, marketing, production and sales. Individually they have gained confidence and self-belief, which I’m sure will help them wherever their future takes them.” 

ENDS

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