We've partnered with Young Enterprise and the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Singapore 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.
Singapore was selected as the destination because of it's importance as a regional business hub. Its multicultural vibrancy and the level of development also makes it an easier transition to the culture and way of life in Southeast Asia.
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 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."
Our next Business Challenge Programme will take place in Singapore in January 2019. For more information on the Programme and selected students, please read our story here.