This year’s Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge winners from St Bede’s Catholic Grammar School, Bradford were guests of honour at the Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Judges’ Reception and Masterclass event in London.
The team of five students, who romped to victory with their brainwave Trash4Cash, collecting recyclables and selling them to local companies, were presented with an award by John Spence of the Karma Royal Group and James Lambert OBE.
They were awarded in recognition in their efforts and success in the Enterprise Challenge. After the presentation the team were able to address the guests themselves before enjoying a speech by Andrew Marr, former BBC Political Editor who shared his views on the upcoming Scottish Referendum.
The event took place at the EY offices at More London on 11 September and was hosted by EY Partner Stuart Watson and EY Executive Director Zishan Nurmohamed who organised and hosted the event.
The St Bede’s team were all very impressed with the afternoon and took inspiration from the people they met. Francis, who was on the winning team, said:
“It was really interesting listening to real life experiences first hand from the speakers.”
Fellow St Bede’s pupil Mateusz added:
“I liked it when the speakers talked about their lives and how they achieved so much.”
Their teacher, Mrs Khan who accompanied the team to London, also found the experience rewarding saying:
“I found the speakers interesting as they related their failures and successes to where they are now in life. There are always opportunities out there – we just need to look for them and grab them with both hands to become successful.”
Zishan Nurmohamed said:
“It was refreshing to once again meet with the Enterprise Challenge winners. It still staggers me how young these children are. Putting aside being the national Enterprise Challenge winners, just having the courage to get on stage in front of a large audience and deliver as confidently as they did is testament to their confidence and maturity.
“The objective of attending the Masterclass was to give the children an opportunity to observe senior entrepreneurs and hopefully gain an understanding of how important entrepreneurial skills are in our evolving society.
It was an absolute pleasure to help organise the children’s attendance and arrange for their trophies. I don’t think anyone will forget the screams that went out from their teacher that were also on the video at the EY event – that is the intensity of the Enterprise Challenge at its best. Congratulations St Bede’s once again.”
At Mosaic we rely on our fantastic team of mentors and the need for strong role models is tremendous. You don’t have to give up huge amounts of time time to dedicate to help children like these. All it takes is a couple of hours a week for eight to ten weeks depending on the length of the programme.
If you think you would like to help inspire and guide these young adults to help them reach their potential and would like further information about mentoring, please visit the mentoring section of the website, call 020 7566 8734 or email