Students at Friday’s Skill! Programme workshop wow the panel with entrepreneurial talent

POSTED: 29th April 2013
IN: Business news

Reflecting on the first in a series of intensive Skill! Programme workshops, programme founder Patrick Philpott expressed his delight at the calibre of students attending the event in London last week.

"Everyone involved was really impressed by the visionary ideas that students came up with and the professional and engaging way in which they presented," reported Philpott with enthusiasm.

The programme creates an opportunity for budding young entrepreneurs to improve their employability through the development of core skills, under the expert guidance of participating business leaders. As Philpott explained;

"The mentors from Aldermore were on hand to work with teams of students to support them through that whole learning process; offering their real world experience, expertise and advice, acting as a sounding board for the students and guiding them through the whole day's learning." 

Alongside mentors from Aldermore, long-time programme leader Matt Kepple and Rich Cliff, Sales Director for host firm Osborne Clarke, shared their wisdom with the students as they put together their pitches.

Describing the process, Philpott commented: "Together we delivered a session that helps students to identify problems in everyday life or in their local communities and devise some ideas; big ideas that will tackle those problems and develop their communication and presentation techniques."

The promising students then stepped into the 'Tigers Cage' presenting area to pitch their concepts to a panel of seasoned business minds. "We'd brought together a panel of quite experienced professionals including Mark Robson, Head of Strategy from Aldermore, Adrian Bott from Osborne Clarke and Matthew Rock from Caspian Media," shared Philpott.

Despite the calibre of the panel, judges were blown away by how well the students rose to the challenge.  The teams envisioned a host of innovative product ideas including a baby monitor wristband, an environmentally friendly phone charger and a location tracking app for lost car keys. Eventually though, the team behind 'transMate', a pocket language translator, were named as the winners.

 "The students delivered their ideas brilliantly," concluded Philpott, "They really learnt a lot from the session and delivered on presentation techniques. We were really impressed by the strength of the ideas and the way the students pitched their ideas to the panel."

Aldermore too were inspired by the entrepreneurial spark of the young attendees, and look forward to seeing many making great strides in the business world of the future.

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