Young entreperneurs battle to be first past the post

Budding Bransons from the Harrogate district went head-to-head against schools from across Yorkshire in an Apprentice-style competition judged by the region’s entrepreneurs.

Students from Ripon Grammar School, Harrogate High and King James’ School in Knaresborough went up against others from St Peter’s School in York and Ampleforth College at this year‘s Venturefest – a conference and exhibition for business innovators.

Each had to sell products chosen by the teams, while their performance and knowledge of business acumen was assessed by real-life entrepreneurs attending the event at York Racecourse.

In the end it was the team from AmpleforthCollege which emerged victorious with their restaurant guide and healthy eating recipe book, winning praise for their enthusiasm, commitment, creativity and use of new technology.

However, all the teams taking part in the Young Enterprise Company of the Year Award 2013 sponsored by HSBC, will be back in action at a final event in Harrogate later this spring where overall honours will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony at the Pavilions complex on Wetherby Road.

Young Enterprise North Yorkshire manager Jill Tinsley said feedback on all the teams was positive and different aspects of each had impressed Venturefest delegates, who were invited to grill the students on their concepts, product design and business sense.

 Mrs Tinsley said:

We’ve got another great crop of teams this year and all the students did themselves proud,”. “The confidence and professionalism of all the teams at Venturefest was mentioned by a number of delegates who filled in assessment forms.

“It was very tight but, as the event was held at York Racecourse, it’s fair to say AmpleforthCollege won by a nose.”


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