Team Enigma from Langley Academy triumphed ahead of four other schools in the Mosaic Enterprise Challenge South East Regional Finals, held at Slough Aspire Centre. The competition in the region has been made possible thanks to the support of Heathrow Community Fund’s Inspiring Youth Programme.
The five teams presented their innovative business ideas to a panel of judges, with the key aim of reaching the Grand Final in London firmly in their sights. The five schools battling it out were Langley Academy in Langley, Garth Hill College in Bracknell, Gordon’s School in Woking (last year’s regional winners), Bishop David Brown School in Woking and Fullbrook School in New Haw.
Langley Academy, pitching as Team Enigma were declared the regional winners, following a convincing presentation of their business concept. Team Enigma’s business idea was to create a community café that would provide a hub and meeting space that is currently lacking in the Langley area. The hub would also provide ICT support and courses to members of the local community, old and young alike, who need training or refresher courses on social media and other technological platforms, with help coming from 6th formers who would contribute to the café as part of their community service. Team Enigma are now invited to attend the Grand Final hosted in London on April 23rd.
The judging panel included Stuart Duff (Chairman of Judges) – Partner, Pearn Kandola; Muryum Choudhry – Business Manager, Comfort Care Services Group; Guy Martin – Senior Reporter, Surrey Advertiser; Fiona Jones – Aspire Manager, Slough Aspire Centre, and Dr Wakkas Khan – Mosaic North West Chairman.
Chairman of the judges, Stuart Duff, said: “This year’s competition has been the closest one ever with all the school’s delivering strong and interesting business ideas. All of them were well thought through, well presented and commercially viable propositions. The winner, Langley Academy not only had a strong business idea but they had a compelling and thoughtful approach to considering an idea that would benefit the whole community, young and old. This was a winning combination.”
Over 400 secondary school pupils from 12 schools across the South East participated in the competition before the final five were shortlisted to compete in the regional final which was generously supported by GibbsS3. Over 20 mentors were allocated to the teams, guiding and developing their business concept whilst improving their understanding of business in general.
Speaking about their win, Jamal Chaudry speaking on behalf of Langley Academy commented; “It’s been such a great day and we’re so thrilled to have won! We now can’t wait to showcase our idea at the grand final in London!”
Acclaimed stand-up comedian Imran Yusuf, who was keynote speaker at the event said: “Wow! What a fantastic afternoon! The two golden rules of life that I shared with them today is that they should always strive to be exceptional at everything that they try to do and be easy to work with. If they master those like they mastered their pitches today, they will be very successful in life!”