A young team of young aspiring entrepreneurs from Bradford have won the Yorkshire Regional Final of the 2018 Mosaic Enterprise Challenge competition, hosted at KPMG Leeds.
Having beaten others within their region and teams from Corpus Christi Catholic College, Lawnswood School, Sheffield Park Academy and The South Leeds Academy, Team ‘Well Kitchen’ from Dixons Kings Academy beat off the competition with their idea for a new community restaurant which would take advantage of their school facilities.
Pitching their social enterprise ideas in a Dragons Den style event, all teams impressed the panel of highly accomplished judges, including, Ajaz Ahmed – Director of Legal365, David Worthington – Managing Director and Joint Founder of 10 Associates and Abigail Marshall – Managing Director at 1st Resource Ltd. The Chair of Judges was Bradley Keast – Director, Deal Advisory, M&A Tax at KPMG.
The event featured keynote speaker Martin Port, CEO of BigChange who inspired the audience with details of his highly successful career.
Team ‘Well Kitchen’ now enter the final stage of the competition and progress to the Enterprise Challenge Grand Finals taking place in London on the 16th May, where they will compete against other winning schools from around the UK for the chance to become the national champions of 2018.
The national champions will win a prize of £2,500 for their school plus a further £500 to invest in developing their business idea and making it a commercial reality. Previous winners have also enjoyed tea at 10 Downing Street and a unique tour of Clarence House.
Run annually, Mosaic’s Enterprise Challenge is a national competition that aims to inspire knowledge, raise aspirations, confidence, self-efficacy and long-term employability among secondary school pupils from some of the most deprived communities across the UK. Supported by specialist, volunteer mentors from across the business community, students compete for six-weeks in an online business game where they must develop, market and sell a new product.