Latest SKILL! Programme session highlights enterprising talent of the younger generation

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From a gamified toothbrush that rewards children for brushing their teeth, to an on-the-go kettle flask and a food delivery service for non-delivery restaurants, each group rose to the challenge to discover a gap in the current market.

Aldermore were once again wowed by the ingenuity of young participants at the latest SKILL! Programme session, held in Reading this Tuesday. Having already helped programme creator Patrick Philpott take his pioneering skills workshops to several different cities across the UK, Aldermore had high hopes for the latest class of budding business brains.

Thankfully, the Bank were not to be disappointed, as the judges were treated to an inspiring series of pitches from the ‘Tigers’ Cage’ floor, introducing a diverse range of innovative business ideas from the young teams.



While all the teams performed exceptionally well though, there could only be one winner, and eventually the time came for the judges to select the stand-out pitch of the day. Though it was a close match, the panel, including Charles Haresnape, Carl D’Ammassa and Chris Bleakley from the Aldermore management team and Microsoft’s Phil Evans, eventually decided to award the Solar Beatz team with the coveted title.

Not only was the group’s solar-powered headphones idea a clever concept, but the driven young participants clearly showed what they had learnt from the day’s mentoring sessions, delivering a confident, compelling pitch.

Aldermore would like to congratulate the young winners, who embody the entrepreneurial spark of their generation, and hopes to see each of them go on to build on this early success in the world of business. Later this year, the Bank will also be supporting the next set of SKILL! Programme sessions in Manchester and Peterborough, giving a new group of students the opportunity to develop their business skills under the guidance of expert mentors.

Aldermore will be inviting local business leaders to get involved with these events, passing on their expertise to inspire the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, and will be sharing updates on how to get involved via the Bank’s Twitter account.

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