We've partnered with the Young Enterprise Scheme to deliver the Business Challenge Programme. 

The programme offers New Zealand high school business students the opportunity to experience how business is done in Southeast Asia and the potential opportunities that exist in the region for entrepreneurs. The programme is also about encouraging the students to think globally and develop the skills and knowledge required to do business in Southeast Asia. 

So far, the programme has sent a cohort of students to Singapore (April 2018, January 2019) and to Vietnam (April 2019).

April 2019

Twelve Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) students were selected from around the country to take part in a business challenge programme to Vietnam in April 2019. The week-long experience exposed these young Kiwis to the opportunities awaiting them outside of school and fostered business connections in Southeast Asia.

Students learned about the culture and business community in Vietnam and visited both established and emerging companies. They met with local entrepreneurs and key players in New Zealand trade, and engaged with Kiwi entrepreneurs operating offshore. Most excitingly, they worked with local students and competed in a thought-provoking business challenge where they pitched to a panel of local business leaders. 

Read the full story here.

January 2019

SEA CAPE partnered with Young Enterprise and the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Singapore again in January 2019 to create a week-long business challenge experience for ten entrepreneurial secondary school students. The aim of this challenge was to expose young Kiwi entrepreneurs to the exciting opportunities awaiting them in the Southeast Asia region.

Read the full story here.

April 2018

Our first group of young entrepreneurs visited Singapore for a week in April 2018. They learnt about the business and trade environment in Singapore, including site visits to established companies and start-ups. They also worked with local Singaporean students on a business challenge where they developed a business idea and pitched it to a panel of local and New Zealand judges with industry expertise.

Gisborne Girls’ High School student Nitha Vashti said one of the highlights of the programme was a pitching workshop led by a university lecturer. "It provided great insight into the power of a good pitch, something that will serve me well in any future endeavours." 

 

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