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Birmingham Schools’ Success at Deutsche Bank Young Entrepreneurs UK Final

Small Heath School and Park Hall School in Birmingham were selected to represent Birmingham against teams from Liverpool and London in the Deutsche Bank Young Enterpreneurs National Final, organised in conjunction with Young Enterprise, the UK’s leading enterprise education charity.

Volunteers from Deutsche Bank took part as judges whilst  some of the UK’s most talented young entrepreneurs from London, Liverpool and Birmingham competed at the Final on the 6th May at its offices in London.

The competition is part of Deutsche Bank’s youth engagement programme, Born to Be, which aims to address youth unemployment by offering opportunities that give the next generation the chance to fulfil their potential.

Deutsche Bank and Young Enterprise developed the competition in partnership in 2008 in order to enable inner city schools serving deprived communities to develop skills for the real world of business. Over 2,000 students from 165 schools took part in Young Entrepreneurs this year.

Award winners:

Small Heath’s team, Zeus, won Best Company, the highest accolade at the awards, for their portable chargers using recycled materials.

Park Hall’s team, Simply Celebrate, won the Marketing Award for their homemade scented candles, shaped as hearts, roses and rabbits for Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day and Easter.

Clare Davies, Head of Cross Risk Management and Deputy Head of Portfolio and Risk Optimisation at Deutsche Bank UK said, “It’s an honour to judge the final of this year’s Young Entrepreneurs competition. Developing enterprising and innovative skills in the next generation is absolutely vital to their chances of succeeding in life, as well as playing a part in the UK’s ability to compete in global business.

The students taking part have developed important skills, from teamwork to budget management and marketing, all of which will enable them to fulfil their future potential. I wish the well deserved winners every congratulation.”

Last year Young Enterprise inspired 250,000 young people to empower themselves through enterprise, developing the key skills employers require from entry-level employees. Deutsche Bank and Young Enterprise have partnered since 2001 to support skills development amongst young people.

Michael Mercieca, CEO of Young Enterprise said: “It’s fantastic to have such innovative and sustainable businesses compete in the final which shows that the future generation is committed to creating business models that are viable even in hard times.

“The national finals bring the best of the best from the country and we are very grateful to Deutsche Bank who relentlessly supports young entrepreneurs to develop their entrepreneurial talent.”

Other teams in the final were:

Upton Hall School, Liverpool; ‘Dynamiga’. Hair ties

Woodchurch School, Liverpool – seasonal snacks

Green Award: Sarah Bonnel School, London; ‘Green Cloud’. Handmade products including vases and pencil pots

Innovation Award: Kingsmead School, London; ‘SIMMER’. Activity packs to education children about cooking.