Two Dunedin secondary school pupils will test their
business acumen to the maximum this weekend when they take part
in two international entrepreneurial competitions.
Queen's High School pupil Kea Hansen (16) and Otago Boys'
High School pupil Samuel Smith (17) have been selected for
the Enterprise in Action weekend at Massey University's
Albany campus in Auckland.
They are among a group of 80 budding entrepreneurs from
around the country who will go head to head in the New
Zealand heat of the Junior Achievement International Trade
Challenge and the Global Enterprise Challenge.
They are vying to win one of six places on the New Zealand
team which will compete at the
Asia Pacific trade challenge final in Hong Kong in August.
Like the other 79 competitors, Kea said she was focused on
gaining selection for the New Zealand team, but the event was
expected to be intense.
Competitors would only have a few hours to come up with an
idea, write a business plan to support it, create a prototype
and then present it to a judging panel, she said.
Last year, pupils were asked to develop a market entry
strategy plan to launch an apple-based product into
Business proposals ranged from an apple-based surf wax to a
supplement made from apple skins claiming you will live 10
Samuel was excited about the competition, because it would
help him decide his career path.
He is weighing up whether to study business or health
sciences at the University of Otago next year, and he hoped
this event would help him decide.