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Mosaic Enterprise Challenge 2019 West Yorkshire Finalists
A team of young entrepreneurs from Lawnswood School in Leeds has come runners-up in the 2019 Enterprise Challenge competition, a flagship education initiative driven by Mosaic, HRH The Prince of Wales’ mentoring charity and part of The Prince’s Trust.
Run annually, Mosaic’s Enterprise Challenge is a national competition that aims to inspire knowledge, raise aspirations, confidence, self-efficacy and long-term employability among secondary school pupils from some of the most deprived communities across the UK. Supported by specialist, volunteer mentors from across the business community, students compete for six-weeks in an online business game where they must develop, market and sell a new product.
Team ‘One Click’ from Lawnswood beat stiff competition from teams from Astrea Academy Dearne, Dixons Unity Academy, John Charles Cockburn and Mount St Mary’s with their idea for allowing Lawnswood community members to collect parcels from a central hub at the school. This will save time, minimize congestion and prevent an increase pollution. All the finalists had beaten hundreds of students from other schools across the region to reach the regional final.
Their presentation at the final was superb demonstrating the skills such as communication, collaboration, commitment and creativity. They were great ambassadors for Lawnswood school and came away from the competition as runners up in a very close run competition.
The competing teams pitched their ideas in a Dragons’ Den-style event to a prestigious panel of judges, including Varinder Dhaliwal, Managing Director of We-Q Collaborative Intelligence; Katherine Latham, Director of Corporate Finance and Analytics at Jaguar Land Rover; Michael Kearns, Senior Manager of Technology Risk Consulting at KPMG; and Nick Venning, former Marketing Director of Global Industries at PwC.
The pupils from Team One Click Compost said: “We would like to say thank you to the four mentors who have supported us throughout the Enterprise Challenge. Our team have worked every break, lunch time and after school and the proof is in the pudding!”
The keynote speaker for the event was Saqib Bhatti, President of the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce. He said: “It makes me so proud to see the entrepreneurial future of Leeds alive with Team One Click from Lawnswood School. The Enterprise Challenge competition keeps going from strength to strength, and despite my long career in business, it was me who was inspired! I hope they bring the Enterprise Challenge crown home to the West Yorkshire next year!”
Katherine Latham, Director, Corporate Finance and Analytics at Jaguar Land Rover and Chairman of Judges, said: “It was my first time as a judge with the Enterprise Challenge competition, and if I’m honest, I hadn’t expected it to be so difficult! The talent on show from the students was of the highest level, which made our jobs that much harder. But Team One Click was exceptional and worthy runners-up, and I’m sure they will do the West Yorskhire proud in the future!”
Becky Mitchell, Mosaic’s West Yorkshire Regional Manager, said: “I was so impressed by all the teams competing in this year’s final. It was a close call but credit has to go to Team One Click. A special thank you must go to our team of volunteer mentors who give up their time to coach, support and inspire the pupils taking part.”
Well done to all the members of the team and to Mr. Hussain who guided them to the final with the support of Business in the Community partners and to Mr. Hornby for accompanying the team to finals.