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Company Final Awards 2017

Fourteen teams of enterprising students across the UK went head to head to be named Best Overall Company at the Young Enterprise Company Final 2017, supported by HSBC, on the 6th July at the British Film Institute London.

VenturePad, from St Paul’s School in London scooped the top prize of the evening. The team created waterproof, tear proof, durable notepads. The judges were blown away by the teams targeted marketing and professional business model. The team will now go on to represent the UK in Brussels at the European final.



Ed Astakhov, VenturePad said: “With the level of commitment each member of the team has put into VenturePad, winning the Final quite simply means everything to us.”

There were fourteen teams representing regions across the UK including Northern Ireland, Scotland and Gibraltar, competing for eight awards. The teams had all gone through a rigorous series of local and area finals to reach the UK Final.



The Company Programme is Young Enterprise’s flagship enterprise education programme, and is supported nationally by HSBC. Young people set up and run a business, or social enterprise, for an academic year guided by local business mentors. The winners of the UK Final will go on to represent the UK at the European Final later in July in Brussels.



The Journey Award which recognises the achievements of students on the Company Programme was awarded to Jack Davy Dupris from Mary Seacole Housing Association in the East of England.

Nicole Christophi, Mary Seacole said: “Jack now believes in himself and his goals in life have grown through Young Enterprise. He is more independent and determined to make a positive future for himself.”

Young Enterprise alumna turned BBC business presenter Steph McGovern hosted the evening, alongside multi-award winning young entrepreneur Ben Towers – named Number One on The Times Magazine Superteen Power List. They were joined by Amber Atherton CEO & Founder of Zyper, Ben Bailey Smith, Actor, Comedian & Writer, and Levi Roots, Musician, Chef and Entrepreneur.



Ian Stuart, CEO UK, HSBC said: “The calibre of students who took part in this year’s competition has been very impressive, and it wouldn’t surprise me if it leads to some of these students becoming the entrepreneurs and business leaders of the future. Not only have they come up with some excellent business ideas, they have also shown dedication, hunger and genuine business acumen. The Young Enterprise scheme is a great way for youngsters to gain invaluable experience in the word of business in a fun yet educational way.”

Michael Mercieca, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise, said: “I’d like to congratulate the students from Venturepad for winning HSBC Young Enterprise Company of the Year Award. The award has been generously supported by HSBC who like Young Enterprise firmly believe developing creativity and employability skills can have a real impact on young people’s futures.

“You don’t get this stuff from a text book and we are greatly encouraged by our research which shows that 94% of Company alumni go on to education, employment or training – 7% higher than the national average”

Coinciding with this year’s event Young Enterprise has produced a new research report based on the insights of 200 regional finalists. The report, entitled Robot Revolution: The impact of artificial intelligence on entrepreneurs and job prospects found that young entrepreneurs are concerned that the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace could impact job prospects.


Full list of competing teams and prizes:


HSBC Company of the Year 2017 – VenturePad (London)

  • Runner up – SOS (Wales)
  • 2nd Runner up – Orbit Interactive (West Midlands)

Founder’s Award for Outstanding Achievement – Aurelius Zwick (Venture Pad)

Disney Creativity Award – Umakit (South East)

ASDA Social Enterprise Award – SOS (Wales)

AT&T Innovation in IT Award – Orbit Interactive (West Midlands)

Delta Pursuit of Opportunity Award – Link IT (Gibraltar)

FedEx Global Access Award – VenturePad (London)

Big Lottery Fund National Journey Award – Jack Davy Dupris (East of England)

Sir John Moores’ Special Achievement Award – Lee Grimes (National Star College)

Team Programme Best Advertisement – New Bridge Productions

Team Programme Best Trade Stand – Happy Hands

Team Programme Best Presentation – Pengwern Planters