A Rotherham Youth Enterprise challenge that invites sixth form and college students to upcycle old products in a bid to minimise product waste has launched its annual event in association with UK Steel Enterprise.
Recognising that Upcycling is especially popular during the recent economic downturn, the competition challenges teams of students to take an old item that isn’t used or wanted anymore and increase its value and quality through upcycling.
14 teams submitted their business plans – demonstrating how the product can reduce waste and project a positive impact on the environment – and just two finalist teams from each establishment have been invited to present their ideas.
The Final event will take place today at Rockingham Professional Development Centre, Rotherham in which shortlisted teams will go ‘head to head’ in front of judges from the business community, local employers and media.
Categories include; Most Innovative Upcycling Idea, Most Valuable Business Plan, Best Team Presentation, and the Overall Winning Team will have the chance to win up to £350 worth of Meadowhall vouchers.
Jackie Frost, enterprise projects manager at RMBC said: “Rotherham Youth Enterprise (RYE) have been overwhelmed with the response to the Business Challenge this year.”
“30+ judges from the world of work and business, will carousel round the finalist teams prior to the announcement of the winners and awards. We look forward to hearing from the entrants and seeing their ‘Upcycled’ products/service ideas.”
UK Steel Enterprise regional manager Keith Williams said: “We are delighted to support this well–established Business challenge in association with Rotherham Youth Enterprise who provide invaluable enterprise training and support to would be entrepreneurs which also improve their employability skills.
“The challenge helps to equip young people with the knowledge and skills required to be successful in the real world and in business.”