Young Enterprise Award Winners

A group of business-minded Dunedin pupils received multiple awards at a national young enterprise competition this week.

Five Otago Boys’ High School pupils won two of the 12 awards given out at the Young Enterprise Scheme National Awards held in Wellington on Wednesday.

Led by chief executive Sam Hewson (18), the year 13 pupils developed an educational game called EduCards for their Young Enterprise project this year.

Young Enterprise is an annual nationwide scheme in which pupils create a product to form a business and run it throughout the year.

Sam was joined by Henry Wilson (18), Jack Webber (17), Josh Moore (17) and Max Challis (18), to create EduCards, a card game to address what they felt was a lack of knowledge about New Zealand history and culture.

Their work on EduCards won the National Excellence for Sales and Marketing Award and the Unitech Award for Finance and Marketing.

The awards were based on annual reports groups wrote about their projects.

Sam said the group was very happy to have received the award and would split the prize money five ways.

"It’s all been a pretty cool experience and definitely will help us in our futures."

Their game is stocked in some Paper Plus stores and at The Warehouse and Warehouse Stationery stores in Otago, Southland and Christchurch.

Their EduCards venture will be wrapped up, but all five boys are enrolled to undertake tertiary study next year.

Sam said he planned to study law and finance at the University of Otago.

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