Tue 12 May 2020

Winners of WITT-sponsored YES award announced

As the proud award sponsor and guest judge, WITT is pleased to announce this year’s winning teams for the Taranaki Young Enterprise Scheme’s Ideation Validation Award.

‘The Designery’, a team from Spotswood College, took the top spot, while ‘Special Occasions’ and ‘Petite Cha’, both from New Plymouth Girls’ High School, were runners up and third place.

Facilitated by the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce in our region, the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) is aimed at Year 12 and 13 students who set up and run their own business for a year. The Ideation Validation Award recognises those teams who excelled at the validation process of their business idea by reaching out to their target market via surveys, interviews or focus groups.

Each of the place getting teams will take home a cash prize to invest into their business, with $250 going to the winning team and $150 and $100 respectively for the runners up.

Director of WITT’s School of Māori Enterprise, Business and Technology, Linda Weterman, said it was a pleasure to judge the entries for this category. 

“The Young Enterprise Scheme is an incubator for innovation and entrepreneurship, so it’s something WITT is really proud to be involved with.”

“Seeing the work that these young people have put in to Ideation Validation, particularly during a pandemic and the resulting lockdown is inspiring. Our future is in good hands, and I look forward to seeing what some of these young people go on to do after school.”

YES Regional Coordinator Katja Eager said YES Taranaki appreciates the close relationship with WITT and the generous donation of prize money.

“Having WITT as our local sponsors for the Validation Challenge sends an important signal to our students – that their efforts are being recognized, valued and celebrated,” she said.

“The prize money is a welcome cash injection at this early stage of their business journey and will enable the teams to invest in their business.”


Here’s a summary of the winning teams and their projects:

The Designery - Spotswood College

The team created a very comprehensive survey that included an informative and inspiring animation to gather feedback from the wider community. The team reached out via the School’s Facebook page and gathered detailed and valuable feedback on a variety of important points that will help to move the business forward.

Special Occasions - New Plymouth Girls’ High School

Despite the difficult circumstances of the lockdown, the team reached out to their target market through a variety of channels: a survey to 100 staff and students of the school, a focus group held in one team members own bubble and a one-on-one phone interview with a friend. What an incredible effort while working remotely as a team.

Petite Cha – New Plymouth Girls’ High School

The team managed to conduct most of its validation before the nationwide lockdown and was able to gather valuable feedback through a taste testing at local market.  They then complemented these findings through further surveys, questionnaires and polls via Instagram. The team gathered valuable information regarding flavours, packaging and merchandise.


Further celebration of the winners will take place later in the year, with certificates to be presented at the regional YES Awards Night in October.

Check out this great video from the winning team, The Designery.

To find out more about the Young Enterprise Scheme in Taranaki, visit YES on the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce website or follow YES Taranaki on Facebook.