Budding entrepreneurs . . . Louise Mitchell (left) and Deborah Olusina. PHOTO: JOSHUA RIDDIFORD

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme is giving year 12 and 13 pupils the chance to set up and run their own business for a year. YES pupils will create real products or services, compile and implement a business plan and make real profit or loss. In this piece, Star reporter Joshua Riddiford takes a look at one of those business ideas.

Two Otago Girls’ High School pupils have devised a product for their Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) entry which highlights iconic Dunedin scenes and encourages colourful creativity.

Louise Mitchell and Deborah Olusina (both 16) have produced postcards which outline iconic scenes around Dunedin using black marker on a white background.

Customers are then encouraged to colour in the postcards.

Louise and Deborah have named their team “Colourfool”.

Their subjects include the Taieri Gorge Railway, St Clair Beach, Signal Hill and the Dunedin Chinese Garden.

The girls took reference photographs of the sites before the cards were hand-drawn.

They have sold some postcards to friends and family and will now investigate supplying their cards to local gift shops to sell.

Louise said she had learned the importance of teamwork, communication and time management in developing the postcards.

“Open communication” had also been important, she said.

Sending cold emails was a challenge early on but one the girls had overcome, she said.

“We were both terrified to write emails at the start to people outside of school but it’s nowhere near as stressful anymore.”

Deborah said the experience had allowed both girls to come out of their shells and learn new skills.

Louise and Deborah’s next major deadline will be submitting their annual review to the Otago Chamber of Commerce and the YES Trust on October 2.

The Otago regional winner for the scheme will be decided on October 25.