The National Enterprise Challenge
As the UK’s largest school’s enterprise and employability competition we have helped to inspire more than 250,000 students since launching in 2013.
High Profile Support
The National Enterprise Challenge is part of the Inspirational Learning Group, whose aim is to provide innovative and enterprising off-timetable events for schools, colleges and universities; engaging, inspiring and motivating students to be the best they can be.
Our challenges have received high-profile support from Theo Paphitis and Lord Sugar, alongside major national businesses including Air Products, Grenade, University Campus of Football Business (UCFB), Screwfix, NatWest Bank, Staffordshire University, Alton Towers, OCR, Gandys and TG Escapes.
First Class Facilitation
The full day challenge is scheduled on a date to suit each school and delivered by our engaging and inspirational expert team of first-class facilitators. All resources and requirements are provided, enabling schools to simply enjoy the challenge!
Delivered through video messaging, students are set real-life business challenges from our supporting businesses. Guided by our expert team, students then work on the challenge throughout the day, before pitching their ideas for a chance to represent their school at the National Finals event. The winning team from every school is guaranteed entry to the National Finals.
Over two hundred students remained fully engaged throughout a long and demanding day. The key to it’s success was that it allowed students with a variety of skills to contribute to a project which was exciting and relevant to modern life. The delivery team was outstanding; their energy and application was first-rate. Thank you so much!
Kevin Bird – Titus Salt School
Long Lasting Impact
When I briefed the organisers, I told them that I didn’t want 6 winners and 130 losers on the challenge day. Every child had to come out with something. And they did. They had a fair chance to compete; reluctant students were skillfully engaged. They enjoyed the variety of activities and they all achieved something. The uptake of Business GCSE rose by around 20% this year that now, almost 70% of Year 9 are studying Business. We have more A level students than ever for both Business and Economics and the local business that TNEC introduced us to has proven to be a real champion for our school, even to the point of hosting a factory visit for our Year 10s and 11s to complement the curriculum.
Stella Neal – Head of Business at Desborough College
An exceptional event and true celebration of enterprise, our National Finals offer high levels of enrichment for your entrepreneurial students. School teams compete against each other for the opportunity to pitch live on stage to our VIP judges for the chance for their team to be crowned National Champions!
Judge Theo Paphitis remarked:
“Pitching isn’t easy, but it’s a fantastic opportunity…Some of the best pitches I have ever seen on The National Enterprise Challenge…have been even better than the ones I saw in the den!”