On Wednesday 29th March, I was flattered to be asked to judge the Yorkshire Regional Final of the Mosaic Enterprise Challenge.
Mosaic’s Enterprise Challenge is a national competition that aims to raise aspirations, confidence and employability among secondary school pupils from some of the most deprived communities across the UK. Supported by volunteer mentors from across the business community, students compete for six-weeks in an online business game where they must develop, market and sell a new product.
At the Yorkshire Regional Finals, five teams of young entrepreneurs pitched their social enterprise ideas to myself and the four other judges Ajaz Ahmed; Founder and Director of Legal365; Dr Atif Bashir, Clinical Director & owner of Be Dental Ltd and Co-Chairman Mosaic Scotland; Claire Needham, Audit Director of KPMG and Martin Richardson, Director of Operations at Leeds Building Society.
I was so impressed by all of the teams and their pitches. The students' ideas were amazing and I loved the energy and enthusiasm that came across when they spoke about them. It was a really tough call but Team Elektrofit from Dixons Kings Academy came out as winners with their idea to simultaneously generate electricity for their community and promote physical activity in schools. I'm so excited for them that they now go on to the prestigious National Final in London.
I wish Team Elektrofit lots of luck at the Final on 17th May!
Faye (Chief Sender of Hugs)