Budding entrepreneurs have eye on the prize

Samuel Smith
Samuel Smith
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 Australia.

Business proposals ranged from an apple-based surf wax to a supplement made from apple skins claiming you will live 10 years longer.

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.

- john.lewis@odt.co.nz


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