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Devon schools identify trends and opportunities

On April 26th the Met Office hosted the Devon final, and judges and local business leaders were extremely impressed by the high standard.  The overall winners were a team from Exeter School called ‘County Roots’, who produced a colouring book. They had identified that the trend for adult colouring, combined with beautiful hand drawn pictures of Devon landmarks, would make a great product.  They’re now looking forward to the next round in June.

The keynote speaker was Chris Achiampong, IBM Graduate Apprentice and an Ambassador for the government’s ‘Get In Go Far’ promotion, who said ‘it was a great privilege to have been involved in such an amazing event.  There were so many young people with creative and fantastic ideas; the room was full of energy and enthusiasm.  I was extremely impressed by their maturity and professionalism and they are great examples of entrepreneurship.’  The students really enjoyed hearing his story and his journey from football player to businessman.

Thank you to the judges, who afterwards gave thorough detailed feedback to each team.  They were Fleur Lewis, partner at Bishop Fleming Chartered Accountants, Chris Jones, Head of Products at the Met Office, Karen Skerratt, Managing Director of Exeter Street Food, and Katy Dash, from Paddleboat Theatre Company.

Pictured is the team from Exeter College, who produced innovative 3D printed puzzles and an impressive and brightly coloured stand.

Hot on the heels of the Exeter final was that held in Plymouth, at which the winning team was offered a fantastic opportunity by Chris Dawson of The Range, to pitch their product to his top buyers.  Well done to all teams.