Last month saw the final of this year’s SKILL! workshops, where eight teams from four schools around the country pitched their original business ideas to a panel of business experts in the ‘Tigers Cage’, after some ongoing mentoring from a number of Aldermore employees.
The Tigers were made up of Aldermore’s Phillip Monks and Carol D’Ammassa, Grant Morris from Elite Associate, BBC’s Bill Turnbull and Aden Levin from Mainstage Travel.
After some unique ideas, some outstanding presentations and some tough deliberations, the Tigers came to a decision on which team would be crowned SKILL! 2015 winners and win £1,000 to put towards their own enterprise fund.
This year’s winning team came from Harrop Fold School in Manchester, who impressed the Tigers with their innovative business idea, EcoHeart Fashion.
EcoHeart Fashion used an innovative plastic material to create fashionable clothing while also educating young people about being environmentally aware, and their pitch included a live demonstration of a functioning website and even featured example prototypes.
Check out the video below to see some highlights from the day.
The other pitches included:
- Nene Park Academy – Thumblock - A product that would allow locks to be opened using a thumb print, making it unnecessary to carry keys.
- Nene Park Academy – Brightstart - An online platform that would allow schools to provide support, resources and activities to pupils at home.
- Reading Girls’ School – Alla Moda - A simplistic, diverse, bold and affordable fashion brand.
- Reading Girls’ School – Exercharge - A water resistant, portable phone charger that uses movement to power the device, with one hour of movement creating 100 per cent charge.
- Loreto High School – Nanslam – A website that would allow people to compare product prices across the internet, creating gift lists to share with family and friends.
- Loreto High School – Chatch – A waterproof, e-paper display watch that would transform kinetic energy into power to charge.
- Harrop Fold School – Aldama – A trackable microchip that would use radio frequencies to locate various objects, such as keys or mobile phones.
All of the pitches were fantastically detailed and included information about financial plans, the organisational structure of staff within the proposed company, plans for decorating offices and shops, along with turnover and profit trajectories and much more. Some of the teams even created and filmed their own adverts, designed websites and made their own promotional t-shirts.
This was the third consecutive year that Aldermore has partnered with Visionpath Education to host SKILL! workshops. The workshops are aimed at inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurial talent and instilling young students with important knowledge and vital skills that will increase their future employability.
Find out more about what went on at the final, or what our mentors had to say about their teams throughout the SKILL! programme.
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