Young Enterprise and New Zealand at Expo 2020

What is the Global Kaitiakitanga Project? 

The New Zealand at Expo 2020 team has partnered with Young Enterprise to create the Global Kaitiakitanga Project, a sustainability-focussed 14-month programme of high quality mentoring and international collaboration for young New Zealand innovators.

We’ve selected five groups of 15 - 17 year old students who have started companies embodying sustainability, as part of the Young Enterprise Programme running throughout New Zealand high schools. The students will use the 14-month programme of mentoring and international engagement to develop their business. This involves workshops with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the opportunity to travel to Thailand in October 2019 (sponsored by the Southeast Asia Centre for Asia Pacific Excellence) to provide engagement with other youth enterprise organisations, and to validate their product or service internationally.

Students will then take part in a pitching event in late 2020, with the winning company travelling to Expo 2020 Dubai in January 2021 to showcase their product or service in the New Zealand Pavilion. This trip will coincide with Youth Day at Expo 2020, so there may be additional opportunities to represent New Zealand and participate in multi-country youth activity. 

Participating Companies:

In June 2019, we invited all New Zealand high school students participating in the Young Enterprise Scheme to take part in The Global Kaitiakitanga Project. We were extremely impressed with the quality of the applicants, as well as the innovative products they had developed. Congratulations to the following five companies who were selected to take part in the project.

We’ll keep this page updated with the students’ progress, videos, and key milestones. Watch this space!