The game puts the learner into a realistic business scenario where they develop and market a new product, providing an engaging, challenging and fun opportunity for students whilst demonstrating how key business issues such as finance, sales, marketing and production are affected by each other.
Specifically designed for use by teenagers for in-class use, the game fulfills the requirements of enterprise education within the National Curriculum and is fully in line with the ‘National Strategy for Enterprise Education’ to provide an excellent way of introducing enterprise to young adults and teens.
The business mentors who support students come from a range of businesses and backgrounds and are highly valued by Mosaic. Companies to have provided mentors in the past include PWC, Deloitte and Accenture and the likes of Credit Suisse, DLA Piper and Marks and Spencer have agreed to support the Challenge this year.
In addition to unrestricted use of the game software by schools for a full year, as well as for the duration of the competition, schools benefit from live mentoring to support key aspects of the game from Mosaic’s inspirational business mentors.
Our mentors work with school teams to cover each element of the competition, preparing them for the competition and explaining how the issues covered by the game are of crucial importance to their own businesses so as to bring the game to life with real-world examples.
Each participating school can enter as many teams as it wishes and is provided with a free copy of the gaming software. In the run-up to the Challenge proper, mentors work with school teams to develop pupils’ understanding of the issues covered by the game. The teams then have a two-week window in which to record their highest possible profit.
Each team also has to submit an Ethical Business Strategy to demonstrate their understanding of responsible business practices. At the end of the heats, teams from the top five schools are invited to attend the prestigious national finals event in central London, where they will compete to become the winners in front of an audience of some 150 business and other leaders.