We were delighted to sponsor a recent Unloc Enterprise Academy Day at Brookfield Community School to deliver a high-impact enterprise day for students. The day started with a guest presentation from Keiran O’Toole who successfully started his own business Rock Clothing at the age of 17.
Students were then split into three groups to take part in three essential masterclasses on branding, networking and pitching to help assist with the main challenge later in the day.
After a quick break, students were set the challenge of creating a business which would be sustainable whilst at school and with limited start-up costs (£500). Students were quick to develop business ideas and even their own brands. Starting a business isn’t easy and students soon realised that it is difficult to plan for all the essential elements needed. However, students were assisted with this problem by the Enterprise Academy team and ambassadors, who helped them to break down the task into the essential parts of business (operations, finance, marketing, sales and staff).
After some time planning and preparing, students were ready to pitch their ideas in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style environment in front of the panel consisting of Ben Dowling, Director of Unloc, Keiran O’Toole, MD of Rock Clothing and Gary Mawers, Business Teacher at Brookfield Community School. The panel had the tough task of picking one team to be the overall winner, with the final vote to “Snapbox Sweets”, a monthly sweet box subscription service of sweets around the world.
Ben Dowling, Director at Unloc commented, “The ideas were creative, innovative and very impressive. The students demonstrated use of the skills they had learned during their workshop sessions and all the teams that participated did an amazing job. We are very grateful to Medhurst for sponsoring this event which allows young people to access enterprise education and be creative.”
Gary Mawers, Business Teacher at Brookfield Community School added “All students had a fantastic day with the Unloc Enterprise Academy. The master classes were engaging and the experts from the day were approachable and helpful with some useful tips. The pitch event took students out of their comfort zone and meant that they all felt successful by the end of the day. The experience from the day will be invaluable to the students’ future coursework. A big thank you to Medhurst for helping to provide this event for us.”
Tom Drew, Education Sales Specialist at Medhurst IT said “We were delighted to be involved in the Unloc Enterprise Academy and Brookfield Community School Enterprise Day. The Unloc Enterprise Days are a great initiative for schools, helping to develop student’s skill sets and entrepreneurial drive. As a local IT education business, it’s great to not only see the enthusiasm of the students but the wealth of innovative and creative ideas they have for building sustainable businesses in the future.”