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Top talent .. Roncalli College pupils (from left) Nick Goodwin, Billy Cook and Grace Scarsbrook will vie for the title of The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme Company of the Year in Wellington next month. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Roncalli College students Nick Goodwin, Grace Scarsbrook and Billy Cook are the South Canterbury regional champions for The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme.

The students created the business “Patiti Point” that created a reusable bag which is multipurpose to be used for rubbish, shopping and more; made from 73% jute and 27% cotton.

Patiti Point is a company striving for a more sustainable tourism industry for New Zealand. They aim to stock their bags in campervans around New Zealand. The bags cost $15 and are currently already available in numerous stores around South Canterbury.

To win the regional title, Patiti Point completed a variety of business milestones during the year culminating in pitching their business to a panel of judges.

The team will head to Wellington on December 4 to vie for the title of The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme Company of the Year in a dragon’s den style national final. Twenty-one regional champions from across New Zealand will compete at the final and attend the YES National Awards dinner at TBS Arena that same day.

More than 4000 students took part in The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme this year, creating more than 1000 real-life businesses among them.

The one-year programme gives students an authentic learning experience which connects them with their community. More than $23,000 in prizes will be awarded to student companies at the awards.

Regional winners announced were:

Regional Company of the Year: Patiti Point (Roncalli College)

Spirit of Enterprise Award: Kete Pai (Opihi College)

Sustainability Award: SnowCo (Timaru Boys High School)

Innovation and Originality Award: Exescent (Timaru Boys High School)