Kaitaia College student Nina Griffiths is heading to Silicon Valley in San Francisco's Bay Area next month after winning an entrepreneurship competition.

Along with five other teenagers from around the country Nina won the prize after competing in a Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) annual event called Enterprise in Action last month.

To win a place on the trip students from YES had to complete tasks in teams of six before facing an individual business challenge. Eighty students took part.

Next year Nina Griffiths hopes to go to Victoria University in Wellington to study cultural anthropology and political science and while in San Francisco she wants to see examples of social and environmental enterprise.


"That's what we are trying to do with Papa Taiao Kaitaia which is our YES business. We link the environment with sustainable businesses and I can't wait to see what they're doing in this regard in Silicon Valley," she said.

The six students making up "Team New Zealand" will spend five days in San Francisco and visit some of Silicon Valley's leading businesses including Apple, Facebook, Pandora and Plug and Play.

YES Northland regional co-ordinator Gary Larkan from Kerikeri and Leah MacDonell and Shane Wratt from the Young Enterprise Trust's headquarters will join the students on the trip. Mr Larkan said the trip is a research project.

"I don't know exactly what I'll find until I get there," he said.

"What I want to do is see something that will help the kids achieve their potential and bring the idea back to New Zealand."

The students leave for California on September 11.