Enterprise Challenge 2013/14
St Bede’s Catholic Grammar School raced their way to victory in the Grand Finals of the Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge, at an event at Hogan Lovells LLP in London on Thursday 1 May, hosted by veteran TV presenter, Martyn Lewis CBE. The team of year 8 pupils became the youngest winners in the history of the competition.
After a 4 month battle, St Bede’s, with their brainwave Trash4Cash, collecting recyclables and selling them to local companies, beat off the competition from over 5,000 other students in Britain to win the national Dragon’s Den-style competition. The finalists battled it out in front of an expert judging panel including Made in Chelsea star and Founder of My Flash Trash, Amber Atherton, entrepreneurs Melody Hossaini and Gabrielle Omar, and former adviser to Lord Sugar on The Apprentice, Margaret Mountford who chaired the illustrious panel.
Enterprise Challenge 2012/13
Students from Slough and Eton School romped to victory in the fourth, annual Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge with an idea for a mobile phone app that keeps parents informed about their child’s school-related business. Guest of Honour at the event in Central London was inspirational young music video entrepreneur Jamal Edwards, founder and CEO of sb.tv and The Times Young Rich List member.
The Slough and Eton students were among just five teams out of 3000 participants to reach the final of the competition, designed to give 11-16 year olds first-hand experience of the world of business and encourage enterprise skills with guidance from experienced business mentors. The students’ idea saw off valiant competition from: Beechwood School, also in Slough, Southfields Academy in London, Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy from Birmingham and Carr Manor Community School in Leeds, to take the top prize.
The team of enterprising Year 10 students pitched their award winning idea in a fresh and lively style to a esteemed judging panel that included: Co-CEO of Hogan Lovells LLP David Harris, Mosaic Board Member Nabila Sadiq, Director of The Prince’s Youth Business International Andrew Fiddaman, CEO of Abu Dhabi Capital Partners Omar Imtiaz, Amber Atherton and Liz Locke.
The Team, known as Silver Tie, have won funding for their idea; which in their words: “Puts your child’s education in your hands”. The app was envisaged to keep parents fully appraised of school events, up-to-date with school newsletters, term times and provide parents with a forum to post comments. The business model for the app reflected the multi-cultural nature of the local area and the students proposed translations in the five most spoke local languages.
Enterprise Challenge 2011/12
The winners of the 2011/12 competition was Southfields Community College from London. In the finals, Southfields pitched to judges the idea of producing electronic chips for cashless micro-payments to transform how students spend money in schools. The judges were inspired by the idea and thought the students had presented it extremely well. Southfields beat 200 other teams from over 50 schools to win this year’s competition and the winning team were supported by mentors from Lloyds Banking Group and PRTM Management Consulting. As well as winning £2500 for their school, students also won £500 to begin the implementation of their business idea as well as mentoring from Private Equity firm Apax Partners to help them. The winning students also enjoyed a day out at ITV recording themselves reading the news with Natascha Kaplinsky, before being driven to the House of Lords for tea with Lord Noon.
Enterprise Challenge 2010/2011
The winners of the 2010/11 competition were Brondesbury College from London. This year saw over 250 teams competing involving some 1500 students from across the country, supported by over 100 Mosaic mentors. As well as cash prizes for the top three teams, the winning team had a private flight on the London Eye with ‘Secret Millionaire’ Mo Chaudry, pitched their business proposal to ‘Dragon’s Den’ star James Caan and even had tea with Mrs Cameron at 10 Downing Street!
Enterprise Challenge 2009/2010
This year’s competition was even bigger than last year, with over 140 teams taking part across the UK. The final heat saw teams from the top 6 schools head to London to take part. The winning team, Manchester Academy, were treated to a star-filled afternoon and £3,000 prize money for the school.
Enterprise Challenge 2008/2009
The inaugural Apax – Mosaic Enterprise Challenge 2009 was contested by over 80 teams from over schools from across the country. The winners of the Challenge were King’s Heath Boys School from Birmingham. The school won £3000 for school equipment and the team from Year 9 were whisked off for an afternoon of fun, with a trip on the London Eye and a speedboat ride up the Thames!