Five North West schools to compete for prestigious award backed by HRH The Prince of Wales
Five schools from across the North West are set to battle it out to be crowned the region’s most enterprising school as part of a flagship education initiative from Mosaic, the mentoring initiative founded by HRH The Prince of Wales and part of The Prince’s Trust.
Teams of pupils from Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Calderstones High School, Ladybridge High School, Parrswood High School and Royton & Crompton High School have reached Mosaic’s North West Enterprise Challenge Regional Final, which will be held on 28 March 2017 at the offices of KPMG in Manchester. Lawrence Jones MBE, CEO of UKFast, will be the event’s keynote speaker.
Run annually thanks to the generous support of Apax Foundation and Qatar Charity UK, the Enterprise Challenge is a national competition that aims to inspire knowledge and raise aspirations, confidence, self-efficacy and long-term employability among secondary school pupils from some of the most deprived and disadvantaged communities across the UK.
The North West final will see the school teams go head-to-head in a Dragons’ Den style event, and pitch their business ideas to a prestigious panel of judges including Sir Peter Fahy; CEO of Retrak and the Former Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police; Saeed Atcha, Founder & CEO of Xplode Magazine; Sarah Khan-Bashir MBE, Partner at Shire Solicitors Chairman of Mosaic Yorkshire; Jonathan Holt, Senior Office Partner at KPMG; and Sharon Pegg, Group Inclusion and Diversity Manager at Co-Op.
The winning team will progress to the Enterprise Challenge Grand Final in London on 17 May where they will compete against the winning schools from Scotland, West Midlands, Yorkshire, South East and London, to be crowned national champions.
Nafisa Hakim, Mosaic’s North West Regional Manager said: “The standard of teams from across the region was higher than ever this year and proof that the young people, whatever their background, are a source of pride and excitement about the future. But we must also acknowledge that the Enterprise Challenge and Mosaic’s other mentoring programmes are only possible thanks to our amazing volunteer mentors. By giving up a few hours, their generosity and commitment allows us to inspire young people and develop their confidence, employability and self-esteem.”
Since 2009, the Enterprise Challenge has helped unearth a wealth of talent and potential in students from across the UK. In January 2017, five teenagers from Skinners’ Academy in East London celebrated the culmination of an 18-month journey from classroom to boardroom as their winning project from the 2015 Enterprise Challenge, ‘iRoundUp’, became a fully-fledged commercial venture. In partnership with online payment service ParentPay, iRoundUp has since been rolled out to over 6,000 schools and 2 million parents.