Date posted: 21/09/2018

Celebrating ten years of supporting students start businesses

Chartered Accountants ANZ celebrates ten years of sponsoring the Young Enterprise Scheme across New Zealand.

In Brief

  • Chartered Accountants ANZ is celebrating ten years of supporting the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) which supports high school students start their own business
  • More than 3,600 high school students in New Zealand participated from 187 schools and created 836 businesses
  • CA ANZ also selects the winner of the CEO of the Year at the Young Enterprise National Awards

More than 3,600 New Zealand high school students started their own business last year with the help of a unique in-school programme that allows them to say “YES” to new business skills and experiences while still in school.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) is celebrating a decade of sponsoring the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) which has been supporting entrepreneurial students get practical experience in running their own business venture from scratch.

The nation-wide initiative run by the Young Enterprise Trust has young students taking on the responsibility of creating their own start-up business for a product or service.

What is great about the programme is that by assuming those organisational roles, like Chief Financial Officer of your start-up, more students are able to experience what being a CFO is like which is all about business leadership rather than numbers
Peter Vial New Zealand Country Head of Chartered Accountants ANZ

Running over the course of a year, the YES programme helps students with everything from idea generation to marketing and production to pitching their business to a panel of judges.

Group Executive Advocacy & Professional Standing, New Zealand and the Pacific at Chartered Accountants ANZ, Peter Vial FCA said it was immensely rewarding to see so many students learn new skills through the programme and pursue tertiary studies in business and accounting.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating a decade of partnership with the Young Enterprise Trust. YET’s programme has given students the remarkable opportunity to experience what it is like running your own business as a young entrepreneur,” Mr Vial said. 

“What is great about the programme is that, by assuming those organisational roles, like Chief Financial Officer of your start-up, more students are able to experience that being a CFO is all about business leadership rather than numbers.

“It encourages high school students to consider a career in accounting that is exciting and dynamic.”

The YES programme has supported high school students to set up their own businesses in everything from dairy-free foods to safe driving apps.

Last year, the scheme had more than 3,600 New Zealand high school students from 187 schools participate, creating 836 new businesses.

Chartered Accountants ANZ also selects and presents the CEO of the Year award to the most outstanding CEO from the cohort of that year, presented at the Young Enterprise National Awards.

To mark the ten-year partnership with the Young Enterprise Scheme, Chartered Accountants ANZ has invited former Alumni and staff to morning teas across the country.

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