A team of young entrepreneurs from Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford has won the Yorkshire Regional Final of the 2016 Enterprise Challenge competition, hosted generously at Carnegie Pavilion.
‘Team Hand Up’ beat teams from Allerton High School, Lawnswood School, The South Leeds Academy & Moor End Academy with their idea for recycling school stationery and electrical gadgets to sell on to students and those who are less privileged.
All competing teams pitched their ideas in a Dragons Den-style event to a prestigious panel of judges including Saker Nusseibeh, CEO of Hermes Investment Management; Griselda Togobo, owner of Forward Ladies; Ajaz Ahmed, founder of Legal365.com; Sara Pates, Head of Enterprise at the University of Sheffield; and Dr. Wakkas Khan, Chairman of Mosaic North West.
Team Hand Up will now progress to the Enterprise Challenge Grand Final in London on 4th May where they will compete against winning schools from the North West, South East, West Midlands, London and Glasgow for the chance to become national champions.
The pupils said: “We can’t believe that we have just won the regional final! All of our efforts and hard work have paid off. We have had so much fun being involved in the Enterprise Challenge, to have won is the beyond belief. We can’t wait for our day in London! We are excited to present the finer details of our social enterprise idea at the national finals. Go Team Hand Up!!”
Presenter and newsreader Mark Kielesz-Levine, who hosted the Yorkshire Regional Final, said: “What a fantastic event! All of the teams presented their ideas in a highly professional way and the judges must have had a tough job choosing the winner. I wish Team Hand Up the very best of luck for the Grand Final and I hope that they can bring the title back to Yorkshire.”
Victoria Tomlinson, CEO of Northern Lights, was the event’s guest speaker. She said: “I was so impressed with all of the Yorkshire finalists. We saw solutions targeting recycling, healthy eating and fitness. This experience will really help them with their confidence, help them to focus and develop how they think through problems. I also think their mentors were brilliant, you could tell they had a lot of support and help behind them. The students could not have done this without them.”
The Enterprise Challenge is generously sponsored nationally by Apax Foundation and Qatar Charity UK and supported by Totem Learning. Nael Faragy is the principal regional supporter. Prizes on the day were donated by South Leeds Academy, LCF Law, BPP, EY, Lloyds, Forward Ladies, Hermes Investment Management, Northern Lights, HSBC, Squire Patton Boggs, Camira Fabrics, Galliford Try, Laisterdyke Business and Enterprise College, Emsleys Solicitors and Callcredit Information Group.