A note from The National Enterprise Challenge Team
As we near the finals of the sixth annual National Enterprise Challenge, we are brimming with excitement for the 160 schools who will be attending. Just over 200 schools, the largest annual number participating so far, with around 60,000 students have taken part in this year’s challenge. This brings the number of students participating overall since 2013 to 200,000! We are incredibly grateful for the support we have received and extremely proud of this achievement. It is our aim to provide innovative and enterprising off-timetable events for schools, colleges and universities; engaging, inspiring and motivating students to truly be the best that they can be.
We are delighted to be holding the finals for a second time at The International Centre, Telford. We made this decision not only because of last year’s fantastic finals, but to mark Telford’s 50th birthday celebrations. There are succinct parallels for The Inspirational Learning Group and the ever-evolving town of Telford in which it is based. We quote the Telford 50 website (www.telford50.co.uk) that so eloquently describes these; ‘it continues to make its mark as a place of innovation, invention and technology. Telford has drive, ambition and energy and we want to highlight and celebrate the town’s exceptional momentum and our exciting future as a great place to live, work in or to visit.’
As well as our supporters, , KidZania, Screwfix, SouthWater, Telford & Wrekin, Staffs University, UCFB, Marches Manufacturing and TES, we are looking forward to welcoming back our Challenge Ambassador, Theo Paphitis, who has been with TNEC for five years.
After nine seasons on Dragon’s Den, Theo said, ‘pitching isn’t easy, but it’s a fantastic opportunity. More often than not I invested in the people and their passion, rather than the person I couldn’t connect with, even if they had an even better idea than the last person.’ Having seen some talented and brilliant ideas that have made him sit up and take notice, Theo said he is constantly delighted and surprised by the passion on show at the finals each year.
“Some of the pitches I’ve seen at The National Enterprise Challenge over the years have been even better than the ones I saw in Dragons’ Den!” – Theo Paphitis
2018 National Enterprise Challenge
This year’s challenges have been set by and Kidzania – an indoor city ran by kids. In Key Stage 4, kids have been designing ‘back to’ marketing campaigns for and in Key Stage 3, students have been designing a new activity for KidZania’s Indoor City at the Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd’s Bush.
Ben & Michael
What started as a coffee shop conversation and what has grown to become the UK’s largest school’s enterprise education competition, cousins and The Inspirational Learning Group founders, Ben and Michael Dyer are proof that no matter where you come from and what your background, you can aspire, achieve and succeed in making your place in the world. Really, anything is possible.
Everyone involved in this year’s challenge is eager to learn who will be crowned the 2018 winners of The National Enterprise Challenge!
“Anything is possible if you’ve got enough nerve!” – J.K. Rowling