Vote now: seven student business teams compete for £1000 charity prize in latest SKILL! Programme

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For the past couple of years, Aldermore has been working with the SKILL! Programme to help young people across the country gain valuable enterprise skills to help prepare them for working life.

undefinedEach session challenges students to create innovative business ideas to solve real issues in life, with mentors on hand to share advice with students as they develop their concepts before delivering a live pitch to the judges in the ‘Tigers’ Cage’.

This October, Aldermore headed to Peterborough to hear from the budding young entrepreneurs at Nene Park Academy, and judges from the Bank were certainly not disappointed with the standard of ideas on show.

Vote for your favourite concept below and Aldermore will reward the winning team with £1000 to donate to a charity of their choice.


Reband is the schedule tool that’s always close at hand, wherever you may be. By downloading the associated phone app, students and professionals alike can sync their timetables, to-do lists and reminders to a convenient wristband device via Bluetooth connection. The reband keeps you on track.


Today’s professionals don’t often have time to stop and search for a place to charge their mobile phone while on the go, so why not harness the energy of something that’s everywhere: sunlight. Ecocharge converts solar energy into mobile phone battery power to ensure busy users are never out of touch.

Touch Life

No one should feel vulnerable in their own home. Touch Life transmits video from a small camera at the user’s front door to their phone, with the option to activate a panic alarm or dial an emergency contact if they anticipate danger. The idea is simple, but the impact is huge, helping the elderly, disabled and vulnerable regain their independence and find peace of mind.


Exercise has never been so comfortable. Fleep has been designed to help users stay healthy and develop muscle tone while they sleep, using vibrations which sharpen core strength as the sleeper finds the most comfortable resting position.

Boom & Pow

Turning the music up shouldn’t have to mean a dead phone battery. Boom & Pow is the intuitive phone case that plugs into a phone’s headphone jack and charging socket to simultaneously charge the phone via solar panels and amplify the phone’s sound via inbuilt speakers.


Teeth stay with us for life and caring for them in early life is the only way to prevent costly problems further down the line. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy for children to understand the benefits. TRT designs toothbrushes with a difference, with themed brush heads to make teeth cleaning fun, and plans to also release tastier toothpaste flavours in the near future.

Social Schools

Social media has become a major part of young people’s lives, but sadly, it can also pose a number of risks. Social Schools offers a safer alternative, creating a private network for each school which allows pupils to interact and forge friendships online while activity is safely monitored by the school.

Which of these inventive business ideas gets your vote for the £1000 charity prize?


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 team 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 team will be notified by email and/or by letter. 8. The winning team 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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