Student challenge to find next generation of business leaders​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

ENTERPRISING students impressed a panel of industry experts with their innovative and ecological thinking in an annual challenge to find the next generation of business leaders.

Thursday, 28th November 2019, 11:02 am
Updated Friday, 29th November 2019, 12:01 pm
Students from Bede Academy have joined up with sister schools from across the north in an annual business challenge.
Students from Bede Academy have joined up with sister schools from across the north in an annual business challenge.

Reading apps to boost learning, a bike-mounted, self-projecting cycle lane and a dual-purpose gum massager and toothbrush were among a host of novel ideas as the Emmanuel Schools Foundation harnessed the power of Year 9 thinking.

For the first time, the ESF Business Game brought together students from the recently enlarged trust, which now includes Emmanuel College and Grace College, Gateshead, Bede Academy, Blyth, The King’s Academy, Coulby Newham, Christ’s College, Sunderland, and Trinity Academy, Thorne, near Doncaster.

Hosted by Emmanuel College, 12 teams of up to five students, two from each academy, pitched their ideas to a panel of industry experts after spending a week off curriculum to research and hone their presentations.

The competition was open to Year 9 students across the trust with the best ideas being put forward for the final. Teams had just eight minutes to impress judges with their innovations, business plans, costings and marketing strategies.

Five of the 12 teams were then invited back for further questioning before the judges retired to consider the winners. First place went to Christ’s College’s Read.app. Runners-up were students from Trinity College with their disposable cutlery.