Young entrepreneur spends a day at Xero

At Xero we are proud to sponsor Young Enterprise Trust, a non-profit organisation aiming to create entrepreneurial students with a “can do” attitude. Young Enterprise Trust is dedicated to growing a more prosperous New Zealand through enterprise. They work with schools all over the country and connect with around 50,000 students each year.

Encouraging young entrepreneurs

Programs encourage students to be business literate. By helping young people gain these skills, the Trust seeks to make a difference to the lives of the individual, their family and society.

Recently a competition through Whitcoulls bookstore tied in with the exciting launch of the publication ‘The Young New Zealander’s Guide to Entrepreneurship’. This was written by best-selling author, academic and entrepreneurship specialist Dr Ian Hunter and endorsed by the Trust.

Student wins a day at Xero

The winner of the Whitcoulls competition was Alice McFall from Tauranga. She goes to St Cuthbert’s school and was one of three lucky winners who won a day with a business leader. She won the opportunity to spend the day at Xero with CEO Rod Drury at the Xero HQ in Wellington.

Young entrepreneur Alice meets Xero CEO Rod Drury

Alice is very business-minded and was involved in the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme in 2012, and was CEO of Tiki Touring, a company specialising in road trip packs for kids. She was also one of six students from New Zealand chosen to take part in the FedEx Express Junior Achievement International Trade Challenge in Hong Kong last year.

While Alice was at the Xero office in Wellington, she went along to several meetings including the Global team meeting for all regions. She also watched product brainstorming in action and spoke to a range of teams about what they all do.

Alice spoke about her day and said, “The scale of Xero surprised me, and how quickly it has expanded to become multi-national. The passion and drive around here is awesome to see. It was a great opportunity to spend a day with innovative leader in the business community, and Rod is a New Zealand icon.”

Hear more about what Alice had to say in this video:

While it is based in New Zealand, Young Enterprise Trust has peer programs in markets where Xero has a growing presence, such as Australia, the UK and the USA. Students participating in the scheme get to use Xero accounting software to set up and run their company at no cost.

Helping to provide young people with the tools and support to create new innovative businesses (like Xero), is a great way to give something back.

One Comment

Max Whitehead
December 13, 2013 at 7:07 am

Great to see Rod sharing with the potential leaders and entrepreneurs of the future. Rod is making NZ a better place.

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