Global Entrepreneurship Week

Newland School for Girls took 20 students along to the Craven Park Lightstream stadium to participate in the annual Global Entrepreneurship challenge day. Over 200 young people from 20 schools attended.

“Global Entrepreneurship Week is all about how small ideas can take root and become viable business plans, with the potential to grow into sustainable companies. We hope to set an aspirational agenda for today’s young people in the city to set up their own businesses, social enterprises improve their communities and become innovative employees themselves.”

The students were faced with team building tasks and after a short break informed about what it takes to be an entrepreneur delivered by guest speakers BBC Apprentice Adam Corbally and Antony Chesworth Founder of EKM Systems. At this event the students were set a business challenge around developing an event at KCOM Craven Park for the Sangwin Group, competing for prizes ranging from £100 to £250 for their teams.

The two teams swiftly got into developing their ideas, producing plans, overviews and financial models. One group producing a Christmas arts market and the other group formatting a lifestyle and fashion extravaganza. Both teams also had to produce a video pitch to sell their ideas to the judges.

Sadly neither team made it into the top 6 finalists, but the winning video  pitch presented by Ella Philpott took £100 in shopping vouchers to share with her team.

The judges were amazed by Ella’s professional manner and engaging way she delivered her “sell”.

Maybe, one day Alan Sugar and Richard Branson will have someone from Newland School for Girls to worry about.