Budding entrepreneurs set sights on awards

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Students in Derbyshire will be pitting their business brains against each other when they go head to head in the 2012 Derbyshire Young Enterprise Innovations Awards competition at the University of Derby’s Buxton Campus, on Wednesday, May 9.

The budding entrepreneurs from seven Derbyshire schools will be taking part after setting up and running their own businesses since September last year with the help of local business mentors.

The schools and companies competing include Vision and Ignition from Lady Manners School, Motiv8 from St Mary’s High School and diverse from Chesterfield College.

They will be competing for a place at the regional final – the East Midlands Young Enterprise Innovation Awards event - on June 21 at the University of Nottingham.

Lynda Oliver, Young Enterprise Manager for North Derbyshire, said: “Young Enterprise is the UK’s largest enterprise education charity and aims to inspire the entrepreneurs of the future by giving students hands-on experience of what it’s like to be enterprising and run their own company.

“Over the past year the students have elected a board of directors, raised share capital, marketed their brand, sourced finances and sold their products and services throughout their communities and schools.

“Students from seven companies will now be showing off their products and services when they compete at the Derbyshire Innovation Awards and I wish all the teams the best of luck.

“I also want to take this opportunity to thank the local businesses in Derbyshire – more than 58 this year – who provided volunteers to act as mentors to the students taking part in the programme.”

Their products range from headphone organiser, best of british crafts, gadget warmers, glow novelty products, retro handmade jewellery. gardening kits for kids and innovative recycled products for the home.

Students will be competing for awards for Best Product, Best Company Report, ‘Best Presentation’ runner up Derbyshire Innovation Awards winner supported by DHL.

There will also be a new media award support by The Telegraph for best 15 sec video advert and the company with the best Health and Safety policy supported by IOSH.

Young Enterprise’s flagship Company Programme enables 30,000 15-19 year olds run their own real companies for a year with help from business mentors. Many alumni have gone on to outstanding business success.

Anyone interested in volunteering as a business mentor or wanting to attend the awards evening on Wednesday, May 9, can contact Lynda Oliver, Young Enterprise Manager, at lynda.oliver@young-enterprise.org.uk or call 07794 478923.