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Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme - Wellington

29 October 2015

2015 Wellington Regional Awards
Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme
29 October 2015

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The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme culminated in the Wellington Regional Awards last night, with Kiwi Pride, the team from St Mary’s College taking out the Wellington YES Company of the Year Award. Kiwi Pride produced a celebrity recipe book with over 50 well-known New Zealanders contributing their favourite recipes to the publication, which was produced to help raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Wellington. Jodie Kerr, Anna Te, Isabella White, Gemma Englert, Bri Davey and Rachael Cox were not only consistent performers throughout the academic year, they were stars in all aspects of the competition.

Wellington Regional Coordinator for the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme, Gavin Miller stated that “Kiwi Pride mastered so many aspects of their start up business that they were always going to be front runners for the YES Company of the Year. They not only had to coordinate contributions from literally dozens of well-known New Zealand identities, they also raised capital to fund production, took the design process in-house and even secured a distribution and sales channel deal with a retail chain. They did this while juggling the rest of the school work and personal lives along the way.

What struck me is that they seemed to glide over obstacles and never wavered in their goal of getting this book to market.”

Second prize in the Wellington YES Company of the Year went to Liquid Life, from Hutt Valley High School for their work on their marine rescue device development, and third place went to Hydro from Hutt International Boys School with their cordial product that raises awareness and funds for prostate cancer. Gavin said, “Both of these teams were very high performers and even though we can only have one Regional Champion, it was a very close race to the title. In fact only 1.2 percentage marks separated first from third place this year – a testament to how close these two teams came to taking the title.

1st PLACE: Kiwi Pride, St Mary’s College
2nd PLACE: Liquid Life, Hutt valley High School
3rd PLACE: Hydro, Hutt International Boys School

In addition to the night’s main awards, there were a number of categories awarded:

Excellence in Innovation: Liquid Life, Hutt Valley High School
Excellence in Sustainability: Revamp Boards, St Oran’s College
Excellence in Sales and Marketing: Kiwi Pride, St Mary’s College
Excellence in HR Management: Peak, Onslow College
Excellence in Operations: Kiwi Pride, St Mary’s College
Excellence in Financial Management: Wellington Now, Hutt Valley High School
Award for Business Commitment: Moon Dumplings, Hutt Valley High School

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