The National Enterprise Challenge team met up with this year’s sponsors to launch the 2014 “ National Enterprise Challenge”.
The team along with participating schools and partners met at “The Wayra” London to launch this year’s challenge. Representatives from OCR, Gandys flipflops and were all in attendance as well as this year’s ambassador Theo Paphitis. The launch started with a welcome and introduction from directors Ben Dyer and Oli Docksey followed by talks from Sarah Cheetham (), Charlotte Bosworth (OCR), Rob Forkan (Gandys) Michael Dyer (on behalf of Staffordshire University) and this year’s ambassador Theo Paphitis.
Winners from last year’s Key stage 4 Challenge were presented with a cheque from OCR to help start their business. Following this Theo Paphitis and Charmaine Eggberry (Wayra) pledged extra funding to make their idea a reality. The team from Strood Academy Kent were overjoyed by this news and Harry Wyatt aged 15 from the winning team had this to say “I couldn’t believe I could ever achieve anything like this” Georgia Wood aged 15 added “This experience was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it proves that you’re never too young to be successful”.
There were also talks from teams and students who took part in last year’s challenge before the launch was wrapped up by students meeting Theo and having their pictures taken with him.
Commenting on the launch event Director of Youth Enterprise Michael Dyer said “Our extended thanks must go out to Theo Paphitis for such an inspirational talk, it was a pleasure to meet him and his enthusiasm was infectious. Everyone I spoke to at the event mentioned how nice it was to see all of the partners there supporting the challenge and on behalf of everyone at The National Enterprise Challenge I would like to thank all of our partners for their continued support”.