Pacific students shine in Dragons’ Den competition

posted: 9:00 am - 25th May 2016

Dragons Den entrantsBudding Pacific entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to judges in a Dragons’ Den style competition.

The competition is part of the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) programme which helps students set up and run a real business. The Ministry for Pacific Peoples funds a dedicated roaming teacher for the programme to encourage Pacific students to get involved and mentor them once on board.

Students in Wellington and Christchurch each prepared at five minute business pitch to present to a panel of judges from the Ministry for Pacific Peoples. In Wellington, Year 12 Wainuiomata College students presented a prestige men's product, a natural styling hair wax. In Christchurch, Year 12 Linwood College students -pitched a Pacific-focused fitness business.

The Ministry for Pacific Peoples Southern Regional Manager, Amanaki Misa, said “We were really impressed with the students’ creativity and business nous. Their presentations were excellent – the level of Pacific talent out there thoroughly impressesd our Dragons’ Den judges!”  

The Ministry’s Central Regional Manager, Maureen Tukaroa-Betham, added “Pacific peoples are the country’s fasted growing and youngest population. The young stars taking part in our Dragons’ Den are set to be driving the economy of the future and the Ministry was proud to support them.”