Rising Stars

Rising Stars


“Legend” was just one of the many glowing accolades given business studies teacher Emma Johnson at the recent Product Launch for the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) at Takapuna Grammar School (TGS).  Emma has run YES at TGS with the unbridled passion, enthusiasm and dedication of a start-up entrepreneur, and her students clearly love her for it.


In return, the students have enjoyed their “best year ever” with an extremely strong showing among North Shore contenders at this year’s Sanitarium Young Enterprise Scheme Auckland Regional Dragon’s Den competition.  


Products and services created by entrepreneurial students at TGS this year include the following:


  • Trident Weather App, which provides weather updates for fishermen, surfers and other marine users and has already had nearly 400 downloads since its launch around three weeks ago
  • Half-Baked, which provides dry cookie mixes with gluten-free and dairy options, as well as a sweet collaboration with the Remarkable Chocolate Company (and which exhibited at the recent Auckland Food Show)
  • Burgundy’s, which creates wine bottle holders and cheese boards from recycled wine barrels
  • Cupcake Cravings, which provides bespoke cupcake options with a range of toppings and decorations

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