Budding Richard Bransons went head to head in the first stage of a national Young Enterprise competition at The Winding Wheel in Chesterfield.
Students from seven schools took part in the Young Enterprise North Derbyshire Area Board Innovation Awards after setting up and running their own businesses for a year with the help of local business mentors.
The winning company was ‘Motiv8’ from St Mary’s RC High School which manufactured and sold electronic cable winding device and was awarded the ‘Banner Jones Best Company’ award by Natalia Shaw.
The runner up was ‘diverse’ from Chesterfield College which sold a range of electronic device protectors worn round the neck , appealing to young people – they were presented with the runner up award by past Young Enterprise student Dan Davies.
The ‘Best Presentation Award’ went to ‘Nineteen,’ a group of nineteen Year 10 students who manufactured a range of jewellery. This award was supported by Fusion Group and presented by John Batty.
‘Motiv8’ and ‘diverse’ will now go through to the next stage of the competition – the Derbyshire Young Enterprise Innovation Awards in May at University of Derby, Buxton.
Lynda Oliver, Young Enterprise Manager for North Derbyshire, said: “Young Enterprise is the UK’s largest enterprise education charity and aims to inspire the young 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.
“I want to congratulate all the students involved and thank the local businesses in North Derbyshire – more than 35 this year – who provided volunteers to act as mentors to the students.”
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 take have taken part have gone on to business success.
Anyone interested in volunteering as a business mentor or wanting to attend the Innovation Awards evening on May 9 2012 can contact Lynda Oliver, Young Enterprise Manager, at email@example.com.