Friesland School, Sandiacre, triumphant at Young Enterprise Awards area final
"We've all developed the product together as a team and it's been really popular."
THE creativity of teenagers from across the south and east of Derbyshire was put on display at the Young Enterprise Awards area final.
The winner this year was Team Viridian, from Friesland School, Sandiacre, which came up with an innovative way to carry folders and ring binders by strapping them together.
The six teams who took part in the finals, at the University of Derby’s Enterprise Centre, were all aged 14 to 19 and had been working on their products and companies for the past six months.
At the awards evening, the teams had to give presentations about their product and business.
Team Viridian’s Folda Holda, priced at £6.99, was the brainchild of Jacob Whitmore.
The 16-year-old, from Breaston, said: “We all have problems carrying loads of folders around, so I came up with this simple idea.
“We’ve all developed the product together as a team and it’s been really popular.”
Team Viridian also won the award for best presentation.
The runners-up in the area finals, who will also be going along to the Derbyshire county final on May 12 with Team Viridian, were Team Illuminate, from Ockbrook School.
Their business created personalised goods, such as place mats and coasters.
These were created using a laser cutter which had been installed at the school.
Abbie Hosein, of Belper, said the idea came from one of the team who worked at a wedding venue.
Abbie, 17, said: “Charlotte Brown, who works at the venue, said that favours are often thrown away at the end of a wedding.
“So we wanted to make something that people could keep, such as place mats with names on. The wedding market is so big, so we thought it would be a good one to target.”
Abbie said her team had all been trained to use the laser cutter by their teacher: “It was great having the laser cutter at school so we could make our products in our spare time.”
Four other teams also took part in the area finals for Young Enterprise.
For pupils in Team Streamlink, from Derby Grammar School, their focus was on road safety.
Their products included fluorescent wristbands, glow sticks and a bag with electroluminescent lights that flash – to be used by pedestrians when walking in the dark.
Joe Cox, 16, of Ambergate said: “We really wanted to make a product which would highlight the problems of road safety among teens.
Their products won the team the Most Innovative Product or Service Award.