by Greta Yeoman
Three Timaru teenagers have won the first regional stage of a national high school business programme.
Mountainview High School pupils Zoe Harding, Matthew Andreassend and Lauren Cowan won the first round in the South Canterbury section of the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (Yes), with their organic bath bomb company.
The annual programme enables high school pupils from across New Zealand to create, pitch and develop a business idea as part of their schoolwork.
The Mountainview team, who have been developing their bath bombs, won the first round with their marketing pitch, scoring Zoe a trip to Wellington in late June.
“It’s been good,” she said of the experience so far.
The team had also won three hours of mentoring from Timaru businessman Todd Mudie.
Zoe would attend the Wellington Entrepreneurs In Action event as the South Canterbury representative, working as part of a group to come up with a business idea and pitch it. Some of the winners would get overseas trips.
Yes teams compete in a variety of pitching, promotion and product development competitions to earn their way to the top of the national competition, all while creating and selling their own product or service to the public.
Matthew said the next stage of their Repose Bath and Body company was mass production of bath bombs, they were making at school using food and science classrooms.
testing different oils and smells and hoping to make them as allergy-free as possible.
“[Plus] they won’t stain your bath – we’ve tested that out.”
They also hoped to develop shower bombs at a later date, Zoe said.
Their next competition would be on June 9, when they had to pitch their idea at a “Dragon’s Den” event to a panel of businesspeople, looking to win more funding for their scheme.
Matthew said it had been “cool” to see the progress of the ideas of other teams around South Canterbury.
“Some of the ideas are really good.”