We have had a busy few weeks with many entrepreneurship initiatives both taking place and being launched:
- 24 April: Karren Brady We were delighted to welcome Baroness Karren Brady to the school, to talk about her career, being a woman in business and advice for young people starting out in the workplace nowadays. Read more here
- April: Enactus National Expo A small group of students visited the Enactus National Expo in London. Read more here
- March: ICAEW Base Competition A number of students participated in the ICAEW Base Competition, organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants. This is a Business Game that involves teams analysing a complex business case by reviewing a large quantity of company and market information including the company’s financial statements, and then responding to various situational changes, before presenting their future business strategy to a panel of judges. This is a scenario that is sometimes used during corporate recruitment assessments.
- March: Internal Business Plan Competition Five successful teams were selected to pitch at the final of the Internal Business Competition, which was set-up like a Dragons Den event. Five business owners and entrepreneurs were the judges, with the winning teams enjoying a day at the Microsoft Accelerator offices in London.
- February: Pitching Workshop - As part of the Sevenoaks School Business Plan Competition five teams of finalists were invited to a Pitching Workshop by Christina Mackay from Inen Global in preparation for the Pitching Final.
- 3 February: The launch of the Year 8 £10 challenge (where students aim to turn £10 into £100 through entrepreneurial initiatives and profits are given to the We See Hope charity). Students have one month to do this- their seed funding and any profit will be given back in on 6th March. There are currently many activities going on including biscuits being sold as part of this initiative in class! See the photos here
- 26 January - Year 11 Wearable Technology Product Development workshop: in which students developed a piece of wearable technology to solve one of 3 different problem scenarios, including Alzheimers. An excellent example of one of the products was a pair of Augmented Reality glasses offering facial recognition displayed using hologram words, that used AI to give the wearer prompts in order to remember what they were doing and where they were going, as well as an alert in case they left their glasses behind, and a GPS tracking device to enable a relative to locate the wearer if he/she wandered off.
See the photos here
- 25 January - Lower Sixth Social Enterprise Day: L6 students learnt about the importance of businesses having a purpose as well as making profit, the SDGs, and then created their own Social Enterprises which they pitched to parents and Governors in a Speed-Pitching activity. The students came up with some incredible ideas in a short period of time, were very confident when pitching, and many of the investors felt some of the business ideas could definitely be successful. See the photos
- 23 January - Student Led Initiative: Tedx Youth on Development and Innovation, led by Sophie Neuber and her team. Students used their entrepreneurial skills to find and locate the speakers, organise and run the event, including filming and editing. It was a huge success with a great audience turn out. See the films online here