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Run in conjunction with the University of Sheffield, the event saw 54 enthusiastic pupils compete in teams of six and pitch to judges who included our Co-Founder, Mark Hughes, and Lee Strafford, previous Chairman of Sheffield Wednesday and Co-Founder of PlusNet.
Designed to promote entrepreneurship in the youngest students, the children learnt how to come up with a business idea, map out their spending and pitch to potential investors.
The judges chose St Thomas More Catholic Primary School children’s ‘Homework Helper’ as their winning entry, an ingenious service to help children struggling with their home learning. The panel highlighted the children’s inventive marketing campaign as a key factor in their decision.
The Children’s Choice Award, as voted for by the other participants, went to St Mary’s Primary School for their design of a high-tech pen attachment which checks pupils’ spelling and calculations. Other children described the product as ‘an incredibly cool idea’ and ‘something which would definitely help us with our work!’
The judges were particularly impressed with the quality of all of the children’s pitches. Janet Grant, a judge and mentor from the University of Sheffield’s Enterprise Zone, praised the pupils’ presentation skills, which she said rivalled those of undergraduate students.
The event is designed to inspire children to dream of one day building and running their own companies.
Many of Sheffield’s schools have their own enterprise events but linking this to the University of Sheffield and local businesses raises the children’s aspirations and lets them see where their ideas can take them.
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