Skinners’ Academy are proud to announce, for a second time, that a group of our Year 10 pupils have won the Grand Final of the prestigious ‘Enterprise Challenge’ competition run by Mosaic, an initiative of The Prince’s Trust.
Salise Buldu, Sezen Gungor, Yaw Opoku, Ionut Tiplea and Briana Williams, who form team ‘YouTeach’, represented London against five other regional teams from the South East, West Midlands, North West, Yorkshire and Glasgow.
The Grand Finals were held in Hogan Lovells LLP on 17 May and was hosted by BBC TV presenter and journalist Sonali Shah. All six regional teams presented a three-minute business pitch in front of a panel of judges and a capacity crowd which included entrepreneur, chef and musician Levi Roots, who was made famous after his appearance on Dragon’s Den and was the events keynote speaker.
YouTeach’s business concept was to unite schools across the country to share fun and educational content by offering a video sharing platform exclusively for school communities. It will nurture engagement around three categories – revision, careers and talent.
All six teams impressed the highly experienced judging panel including Mohamed Amersi, CEO and Co-Founder of Emergent Telecom Ventures (Chairman of Judges); David Hudd, Deputy CEO of Hogan Lovells; Vanessa Arelle, Founder of TeenZapp; Fadi Itani, Deputy Director General, Qatar Charity UK; Salim Nathoo, Partner in Tech & Telco; and Nick Pickles, Head of Public Policy and Government at Twitter UK.
After a nail-biting wait, the judges completed their deliberations and announced that YouTeach had won first place. YouTeach secured this coveted win and in doing so made Skinners’ Academy the first school ever to win the competition twice since it was established 10 years ago. (Our first win was in 2015 with ‘iRoundUp’)
As a result of the win, the team secured a £2,500 cash prize for the Academy and a £500 seed fund to start up their business along with a goodie bag filled with prizes. The pupils were also whisked off immediately after their win in two luxury Rolls Royce Phantom cars, courtesy of Smart City Prestige, and treated to an exclusive lunch at Twitter’s London HQ followed by a London Eye private capsule experience. Finally, all teams were treated to an exclusive tour and afternoon tea at Harrods.
Mosaic’s Enterprise Challenge is a national competition that sees mentors from the business community work with young people in schools from some of the most deprived areas of the UK to develop exciting, feasible business ideas. This year’s Enterprise Challenge began in January 2017 and saw involvement from over 4500 pupils from 107 schools. The Grand Finals represented the final hurdle for team YouTeach to be crowned the Enterprise Challenge Champions.
Skinners’ Academy are incredibly grateful to our business mentors Zoe Fiddes (Business Strategy Consultant, G Entertainment), Jeegar Kakkad (Chief Economist & Director of Policy, ADS Group) and Lookman Rawat (Associate, Hogan Lovells), who helped YouTeach to achieve their success. Their commitment through all stages of the competition and their continued support motivated our pupils and encouraged them to give the competition their all. We could not have done so well without them.
We would also like to thank Vitaly Shter (Director of Product Marketing, Vimeo), who kindly agreed to a Skype call with team YouTeach to share his vast knowledge of the video sharing world.
Finally would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Mosaic and The Prince’s Trust for their ongoing support and for allowing us to take part in the Enterprise Challenge for over four years.
Miss Dalia Abubakr, Enterprise Coordinator (Extra-Curricular)