I Am Looking For

Year 12 Rise to Business Challenge

  • IMG_5989 cr.jpg
  • IMG_5958 cr.jpg
  • IMG_5947 cr.jpg
  • IMG_5933 cr.jpg
  • IMG_5938 cr.jpg
  • IMG_5927 cr.jpg

The preliminary round of the Business Challenge saw Year 12 students from both Divisions teaming up to create innovative business ideas from scratch. This annual careers event helps students to build their entrepreneurial abilities while also honing skills relevant to the workplace, such as communication, teamwork and public speaking.

Working in mixed groups, they spent the morning brainstorming concepts, conducting research and writing a detailed business plan which had to include both a marketing strategy and projected finances.

Several mentors were on hand to provide their expertise and advice throughout the morning. Governor Roger Gould, career coach and Prince’s Trust mentor Stephanie Foster, Eldercare UK Ltd Director Chris Hopkinson and Home Instead supporter Phil Warrington chatted to students as they developed their ideas and asked questions to guide the fledgling businesses in the right direction.

After lunch, the groups were given eight minutes to pitch their business to one of four ‘Dragon’s Den’ style panels of judges made up of Bolton School staff and mentors. The whole team had a role to play in putting across their business concept, including the relevant financial information.

Each panel chose the best business idea from their set of competitors, and the four groups going forward to the Business Challenge Final are: Body Sense, an infrared sensor that scans body temperature and automatically adjusts the room temperature to the optimum; NAPEE, a scented biodegradable nappy available for delivery as a monthly subscription; The Puppy Place, a dog café in Manchester’s Northern Quarter which also aims to work with mental health charities; and Trail and Tail, a pet collar with a host of extra features such as GPS, fitness tracking and a scent diffuser.

These groups have just over a week to polish their business idea and perfect their pitch, in the hopes of winning the Business Challenge Trophy and a prize on 6 December.

Share or bookmark with:

Other articles you may find interesting

  • Students Are Cowgills Future Stars

    Two Bolton School Sixth Form students are set to become ‘Cowgills Future Stars’! Olivia Maguire and Rishi Narla, both in Year 12,...

  • Next Perspectives Lecture focuses on Healthcare

    Tuesday 14 December, 7.00pm  The next Perspectives Lectures will focus on careers in Healthcare. Join our panel of speakers on...

  • Joint Production of 'Clockwork' Coming Soon

    Boys’ Division Great Hall, 1 - 4 December at 7:30 pm  ‘Clockwork’ is the Joint Production for 2021, featuring a cast of boys and...

  • Sixth Formers Explore French Culture

    A Level French students in Years 12 and 13 enjoyed a day of discussion in the language. Led by guest speaker Richard Peltier,...