Chopped NZ, the Young Enterprise Scheme business team from Waiuku College, have come away from the regional awards with several new titles.
Chopped NZ are regional business winners
The team of five year 13 students, won an award for Excellence in Innovation and Sustainability, as well as Young Enterprise Company of the Year for the South Auckland region. Their CEO, Olaf Wrieden, also won Entrepreneur of the Year for South Auckland.
Chopped NZ sell chopping boards and cheese boards made from recycled timber. Creating them themselves, they also offer engravings on the boards. 15% of their profits go towards CanTeen.
After being crowned Company of the Year for the south Auckland region, the Chopped NZ team will travel to Wellington in December to face off against 16 other regional winners.
The process will see them face a panel of judges, and have them pitch their business ideas, followed by a five-minute interview.
Along with their awards, each of the Waiuku College students received a $1000 scholarship from Massey University to assist them with their business studies at tertiary level.
It’s not the first time the company has seen success. In June they were awarded Dragon’s Den winners for South Auckland, and received a $1000 cheque towards their business.
The team are excited to travel to Wellington to represent their brand and their school.
“There’s so many different companies and different products we’ll be up against,” says Ellen Ballantine.
The Young Enterprise Scheme is something they all recommend to other students.
From being nervous to speak in public, to delivering a pitch in front of an audience of 500, the team have come a long way. “We’ve all grown from this experience,” Ceinwen Cattroll says.
They have also had some amazing experiences, including getting their product endorsed by high profile chefs like Simon Gault and Ray McVinnie at The Food Show. “That brought in a lot of customers,” says CEO Olaf.
Until December, the team will be focusing on getting more orders out, and their exams.
“They say you’ll have the time of your lives and you really do,” Ellen says.
Chopped NZ want to thank those who have helped them out, including their business studies teacher, Theresa Cannell and Matt Stenton, the regional coordinator.