19 Mar Nayland College hosts BP Business Challenge

Last Friday, Nayland College hosted the BP Business Challenge, a three-day practical workshop which introduces secondary students to the world of business in a fun and engaging way. The students worked in teams to create a business plan for a new product, which they pitched to local judges.

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The programme is run by Young Enterprise Trust, a charity which is encouraging and developing New Zealand’s next generation of entrepreneurs and business people. BP is the major sponsor of the programme and the David Levene Foundation, NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants, University of Otago and Xero are supporting sponsors.

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Terry Shubkin, CEO of Young Enterprise Trust, says it is the connection between the local business people and the students that make this programme a real success.? “Students walk away with a learning experience that is practical and calls on the experience of those that have gone before them.? The judges walk away with a rewarding experience of giving back, and many go on to provide further mentoring to these students.”

The winning group, comprising Michael Morgoun, Harri Saunders, Seth Kingsbury and Justin Hasche, pitched a ‘Tune Belt’ that allows swimmers to listen to music while in the water.