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Friday, 14 February 2014
Old Boy Steven Abbot returned to School to sit on the judging panel for this year’s KPMG Enterprise Trophy at Bolton School. Steven, who is a Director at KPMG, joined fellow judges Paul Dolyniuk and Yen Lee, also of KPMG, and Phil Warriner of BT, to watch teams of Sixth Form boys and girls pitch their ideas, Dragons’ Den style, in front of a large audience of peers, parents and teachers.
All the finalists had won through an earlier qualifying round which had initially involved over 200 Year 12 girls and boys pitching to judges for financial support for their product or service. The quality of pitch was as high as ever in this annual competition, each team having developed its concepts and business plans, including profit projections, marketing plans, staffing, materials and premises costs. Many of the skills and techniques that were exhibited had been developed earlier in the academic year during Business Enterprise and Skills Training (BEST) programmes.
After some tough deliberations, Steven and his fellow judges awarded the first prize to the team of ‘[Scan] and Edit’, comprising Ellen Dick, Richard Humphrey, Ben Laing, Jessica Melling, Kiran Patel and Tom Walton. Their exciting concept of an app which allows the scanning in of hand-written notes into mobile devices and the transformation into Word documents was backed up with a clear presentation, which impressed the panel.
Runners-up were team ‘Campec’, who sold the idea of a ‘Reclina’, a durable fold-down chair which turns into a bed – perfect for festival goers and campers alike.
The other mixed teams also communicated their business ventures well, and concepts ranged from ‘Free Wires’ which allowed for the simultaneous playing of music to multiple earphones via Bluetooth, ‘Waste Not’ which was an app forewarning you or a supermarket when a product is about to go out of date, ‘Beauty Box’ offering cosmetic products via vending machines in night clubs and ‘MayB’ offering a dummy for children that dispenses safe and timely medication.
The evening concluded with a big thank you to KPMG for generously sponsoring the event as well as providing training support in the Autumn term, and for helping to judge and award the prizes.
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