Cast your vote: which of these innovative student business ideas should win £1000 for charity?

POSTED: 18th July 2014
IN: General

Throughout the year, members of the Aldermore team have been joining SKILL! Programme workshops across the country, sharing their business expertise with groups of driven young students.


Friday marked the latest session for the enterprise programme, challenging pupils from three different schools in the Greater Manchester area to develop and pitch their best business concepts.

As ever, the students certainly rose to the challenge, coming up with some incredibly inventive ideas and honing their presentation skills in front of a panel of expert judges. To reward their efforts, Aldermore is once again inviting the Twitter community to vote for the team with the most innovative idea, whose school will win a £1000 prize to donate to their charity of choice.

Exer-Charger – All Hallows’ School

An ingenious solution to the common problem of rapidly-depleted mobile phone batteries, Exer-Charger is a water-resistant armband which uses kinetic energy during exercise to charge devices.

Technoplate – All Hallows’ School

To take the effort out of calorie-counting, Technoplate is a dinner plate that automatically records the nutritional content of whatever is put on it, sending the information to a related phone app where the user can track their daily intake.

Smart Sports – Wentworth High School

Each piece of equipment in the Smart Sports range, from footballs to tennis raquets, contains a microchip that collects information in order to give the user feedback on how they can improve their performance via a dedicated smartphone app.

Fake Block – Oasis Academy

Fake Block aims to make social media a safer, friendlier place by blocking fake, irregular or inappropriate accounts. For a small annual fee, this add-on application sets out to combat cyber-bullying head-on.

RorR – Wentworth High School

RorR has been created with the ‘reuse or recycle’ mentality in mind, creating an online network where users can post about their unwanted items and meet craftspeople who will find an imaginative new use for them.

HealthChecker – Oasis Academy

The HealthChecker app alerts its users to potential health issues before they become a problem, detecting risk factors in the environment, such as high pollen counts, and offering medical advice adapted for the user’s allergies and current medications.

FindMyCar – Wentworth High School

Everyone forgets where they’ve parked from time to time, and FindMyCar wants to put an end to this problem by helping users locate their car through geo-tagging technology.

EdCases – Oasis Academy

Understanding the frustrations of modern day life, EdCases are a range of silicone cases designed to protect possessions from displays of aggression, from mobile phones and games consoles to car steering wheels!

Prize Draw terms and conditions 1. Entry is free and open to public vote for anyone over the age of 18 2. Only one entry per person is permitted. 3. Entrants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. 4. The prize is the donation of £1000 to the school with most public votes. There are no runners' up prizes. (hereinafter as the 'Prize') 5. The prize excludes any associated costs and expenses which may be incurred in taking up the Prize. 6. The winning entries will be selected and overseen by an independent adjudicator. 7. A representative from a winning school will be notified by email and/or by letter. 8. The winning school will be notified of the results 10 days after completion of the promotion. 9. The promoter is Aldermore Bank plc, 1st Floor Block B, Western House, Lynch Wood, Peterborough PE2 6FZ. 10. The decision of the promoter is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. 11. The prize will be provided by Aldermore Bank plc. 12. The promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual that corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this prize draw. –

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