Talented pupils go to market
Senior students from colleges throughout Nelson and Marlborough have literally gone to the market, to test their business ideas.
On Saturday the students displayed their ideas at a special trade fair at the Nelson Market, with the overall best performance won by Reverb Boutique from Marlborough Girls' College.
The Lion Foundation Youth Enterprise Scheme provides secondary school students in year 12 and 13 across the top of the South Island, the opportunity to learn about the business world. Students set up a company, create real products or services and make a real profit or loss.
During the year the students, with their teachers and with help from local business mentors, learn about leadership, business planning, production, marketing and finance. NCEA achievement credits can also be gained.
A notable product at Saturday's fair, was the Garin College business team's product that takes a hi-tech approach to a standard learn-to-drive tool.
"ParkIt" is the company that produces a New Zealand Road Code smart phone and tablet application, which grew from a gap in the market to help teenagers with their early driving skills, co-producer Patrick Corish said.
The road code app is designed to make it easier for all drivers, and learner drivers, to read up on the road code via their mobile phone or tablet. ParkIt has entered into an agreement with Australian firm CLTNet, which is contracted by the New Zealand Transport Agency to be the lead authority on the road code and driver safety.
Co-designer and Garin College year 13 student, Kyle O'Meagher, does not yet have a driver's licence, but was a passenger in a car involved in a near miss with a young driver at the wheel.
"We started this idea in February or March this year and with help from a mentor, we were encouraged to develop the idea," she said.
Patrick Corish, who grew up in the United States, said young drivers were much the same everywhere and that lack of education seemed to be a main problem. He said the app was a logical step in making a resource available to young people, for whom textbooks were becoming a thing of the past.
Results for the young enterprise scheme Saturday
Market/trade fair: Velo Verde Bike Stand, Nelson College for Girls; Kakariki from green tea lip balm and Alleviate from Nelson College emergency kits were awarded vouchers for their presentation and products. The overall best performance went to Reverb Boutique from Marlborough Girls' College. The team won $100 cash and a stall space at the Nelson Market for four weeks.
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