A huge congratulations goes to Year 12 student Monique van der Westhuizen who has finished 3rd in the Young Enterprise Scheme mid-year pitch for her Gold Tiki Venture and now progresses to the Regional Finals. Monique also claimed $90 in prize money and the adoration of the judges who were blown away by her "level of professionalism and confidence".

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) is an opportunity for students to unleash their inner entrepreneur and experience the start-up world first-hand.

Monique says:

It was a great experience and was great to see how motivated the students were to start a business. Heaps of great ideas and environmentally sustainable seems to be the way to go!

Overall an interesting VC and I learned a lot about what makes a good business.  

Full results are:

  • 1st - Slum Bar | Craighead Diocesan
  • 2nd - The Hangarua Collective | Craighead Diocesan
  • 3rd - Gold Tiki Venture | Twizel Area School

Monique was not only Twizel Area School's first Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) representative, but the sole entry from TAS this year!

With a keen interest in Art, Monique identified that there could be a market for a single brush with multiple interchangeable brush heads. She completed a potential market survey, established how she can produce the base handle herself and contact potential producers about how to make the components she can't yet make herself.

Ka pai to Monique and good luck in the Regional Finals!

You can follow her progress here: Instagram Square https://www.instagram.com/gold_tiki_nz