by Greta Yeoman
A young Timaru entrepreneur who makes organic bath bombs has won a trip to Colombia for her business success.
Mountainview High School pupil Zoe Harding (17) is part of the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES), which enables high school pupils from across New Zealand to create, pitch and develop business ideas as part of their schoolwork.
Zoe and teammates Matthew Andreassend and Lauren Cowan have been making the bath bombs for their project and won the first round of the South Canterbury section of YES in May.
This round, which involved assessing a marketing pitch for their project, scored Zoe a trip to the Wellington Entrepreneurs In Action event last week.
The event was attended by 80 high school representatives from around the country who are involved with the scheme.
Zoe said she had worked as part of a group to come up with the idea and pitch it and her teammates had nominated her to go to on an international business trip to South America next year.
Her nomination had been successful and she had been chosen as one of 24 high school pupils to travel with the international section of the scheme next year.
She would be going to Colombia in January as part of a team of eight young entrepreneurs, while the other two trips were to Brazil and Chile.
While YES had previously run one trip with eight high school pupils each year, this year the scheme received enough funding for three trips.
She said while she did not know much about what her trip to South America would involve yet, she would probably be looking at the difference between starting businesses there and in New Zealand.
But before she headed off overseas, she and her teammates would have to complete the bath bomb project they were working on, Zoe said.
The trio are hoping to get more bath bombs made during the school holidays.
“[We will be] smashing out a whole bunch of products.”