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Leadership Network helps young entrepreneurs win trip to Brazil

Eight budding entrepreneurs mentored by Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network members bagged the two challenge prizes at the 2018 Entrepreneurs in Action event held over the weekend.

a group photo of the Entrepreneurs in Action participants and mentors

Now on its tenth year, the Young Enterprise event brings together 80 high school students from around the country with the aim to help them develop entrepreneurial skills including problem solving, innovative thinking and teamwork. This is the third year the Foundation’s Leadership Network has provided mentors.

Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network member Sebastian Newman-Dennis talks about being a mentor for an Entrepreneurs in Action team 

The Foundation team won the Genesis Energy and the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise challenges. The team members will each be eligible for $7,000 of scholarships from Massey University and will visit Brazil in December sponsored by the Latin America Centre of Asia Pacific Excellence where they will meet student groups, businesses and young entrepreneurs.  

“This is the first time any team won the two top prizes at the Entrepreneurs in Action event so we’re thrilled,” says Adele Mason, deputy executive director of the Foundation.

Members of the Foundation’s Leadership Network, who set aside their weekend to share their professional expertise, see their participation as a way of giving back.

It was the second time mentoring a team for Leadership Network member Natalie Sew Hoy, who works as an insights consultant at The Thinking Studio. 

She says she loves seeing the ideas that the young people involved in the challenge come up with.

"It’s a two-way street. It’s not just us providing mentorship and our experience in business, but also hearing from them and their ideas."

Leadership network Member Natalie Sew Hoy

New Leadership Network member Sebastian Newman-Dennis, digital commerce strategist at Overdose Digital, says what made the Foundation team unique was that they were the only mentor team that wasn't from one company.

“So we bring our expertise from a whole bunch of different perspectives and also our shared passion for Asia, and use that perspective to try and help the team."

The other Leadership Network members who mentored the team were Jack Sheppard, business development manager at skikiwi.com, and Shaun Tan, head of technology at Lanaco.

The Leadership Network is a global network of young New Zealand professionals who are at the forefront of strengthening New Zealand’s relationship with Asia.

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3 July 2018