YES - KickStart Nelson

A big thank you to the 52 local business people who volunteered their time to coach 180 college students at the Young Enterprise - KickStart Nelson event.
Coaches tell us they were impressed with some of the students ideas and that they personally found the whole experience enjoyable and interesting.
To find out a little about these generous folk Click Here to read their bios.


Next steps....

Over the coming month as the YES companies develop, students will seek to be matched up with business mentors. 
Would you be able to spare some time to help out?
Email if you are interested or would like to know more, see outline below.


Meet with YES student company fortnightly over 3 terms, (for around two hours or whatever is agreed on)
Advise, support and guide the students.

Many YES students will have little or no previous business knowledge before participating in the programme. Through your own knowledge and personal experience, you will guide the students through the business process and ensure they remain motivated and on task. While this can be a seven-month commitment, meeting times will vary depending on schedules and the time of year. Previous mentors and students say that meeting once a fortnight worked well for them, although this may be weekly at the start of the programme. Your involvement with the students brings this programme to life and transforms it from a class-based project into a real-world experience. The biggest asset is your experience so don’t be afraid to use this to challenge the students’ thinking.

Requirements of a YES company mentor 

• Engage and challenge the students to help them make sound decisions

• Express business strategies and processes in a way that students can understand

• Act as a sounding board for the YES company

• Provide practical advice on product development, marketing etc, or help to find expertise

• Be available for the students to contact with questions

• Be able to work at the students’ pace