Young Enterprise East Coast Regional Winners

Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce proudly presented the Young Enterprise East Coast Regional Finals last week.

The region’s top six finalists went head-to-head to pitch their businesses one final time. A panel of independent judges observed, asked questions, and scored the teams, the final scores then going towards the teams overall scores for 2021.


    • Fiona Kelsen (Manager at BP Stortford Lodge)
    • Courtney Hayward (Policy, Governance and Economic Development Manager at Wairoa Distric
    • t Council)
    • Kelly Annand (Deputy Mayor, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council)

Huge congratulations to all teams, finalists, and winners on the night.

Best at Farmers Market Award

  • Runner up = Burnt Coffee
  • Winner = Kind Light

Innovation and Social Impact Award

  • Runner up = Student Army
  • Winner = Fuero

Sales and Marketing Award

  • Runner up = Te Panga Pai
  • Winner = Killa Vintage

Māori and Pacifika Company of the Year (First Equal)

  • FOBelicious
  • Trio Treat

YES East Coast Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Runner up = Quaid Crawford (Hahana Candles)
  • Winner = Ottyleah Te Houkamau (Trio Treat)

YES East Coast Company of the Year (supreme award for 2021)

  • Runner up = Blossom & Wooly Bones
  • Winner = Kind Light

Three out of thirteen National Excellence Awards were awarded to East Coast teams – an amazing achievement out of over 3000 students participating in the Young Enterprise Scheme nationwide.

Young Enterprise Scheme could not operate without the support of our local community, sponsors, teams and whānau – thank you for your ongoing support.