Schools and colleges to send their top student entrepreneurs to compete at the Business School
Business-savvy Greater Manchester students who have set up their own businesses will showcase their achievements in the next stage of the national Young Enterprise competition.
Teams will present their companies on trade stands and pitch their company ideas to business professionals on May 10th.
Students from eleven schools and colleges throughout Greater Manchester will be hoping to claim the top awards of ‘Best Company’ and ‘Runner-Up Company’ at the Young Enterprise Greater Manchester Strategic Finals. The event is hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University and supported by Cloud Technology Solution and Avecto on Wednesday 10th May.
More than 500 15 to 18 year-olds from 38 schools and colleges across Greater Manchester have taken part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme this year.
The young people competing have spent the year making business decisions about their company, from creating their product, writing their business plan to managing the company finances and selling at public trade fairs. All this takes place with the support of a volunteer Business Adviser who brings a wealth of business knowledge and expertise.
During the process, the teams have developed eight key employability skills through a range of activities that will enable them in future careers. They have traded at Manchester Christmas Markets and the intu Trafford Centre, pitched at a Dragons Den event at PwC and finally earned their place at area finals held at HSBC, Bolton College and other places throughout Greater Manchester.
The eleven companies who have made it to this stage are:
Disciple - Manchester High School for Girls
Green Print - Withington Girls' School
Emporivm - St Monica's R.C. High School
…In a Jar - Bolton School for Girls
Primary Pages - Cheadle Hulme High School
InStock Technologies - Stockport Grammar School
Negotium - Loreto Grammar School for Girls
Job Scouts - St Ambrose College
Revitalise16 - Winstanley College
Essential Bubbles - Oldham Sixth Form College
Ignite - Oldham Hulme Grammar School
One of the Young Enterprise Managers for Greater Manchester, Lucy Forshaw said:
“We are delighted to be working with Manchester Metropolitan who are hosting the event. The Faculty of Business and Law at one of Manchester’s top Universities is a perfect venue for such an event. The students will get the chance to showcase the products and services they’ve developed over the year to our judges and guests. There have been some fantastic businesses set up and run by young people in Greater Manchester this year and we wish them all the best of luck.”
The winner of the ‘Best Company’ Award and ‘Runner-Up’ will go forward into the North West Regional Final on 14th June where they will compete for the chance to represent the North West at the Young Enterprise National Finals in London in July.